The biggest, best and most inclusive Rugby League World Cup ever is just one year away.

As the home of the Rugby League World Cup’s Head Quarters, MediaCityUK will be joining a host of landmarks lighting up purple at 20:21 on the 23rd October to celebrate the one year to go milestone. RLWC2021 organisers, have also released “The Power of Together” declaration by Manchester poet Tony Walsh, aka Longfella today.

MediaCityUK will be lighting up Purple tonight. Photo by Carl Brolan
With exactly one year to go until hosts England take on Samoa at St James’ Park, world renowned poet and proud Northerner Tony Walsh today captures the passion, excitement and community pride that epitomises the unique and inclusive spirit of the Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021).

The poem, ‘The Power of Together’, is a rallying call from Manchester-born Walsh, also known as Longfella, for communities across the world to look excitedly ahead to the biggest and best Rugby League World Cup in history next autumn.

As the public ticket ballot opens for this unique global sporting event – that will see the men’s, women’s and wheelchair World Cup tournaments taking place simultaneously for the first time ever – Walsh urges fans to not miss out and play their part in making the tournament one to remember: “Help us bring it, help us sing it; help us make the planet tremble, The Rugby League World Cup is coming. Squads assemble!”

The public ticket ballot – another first in Rugby League World Cup history – opened at 9:00(am) BST 23 October 2020 (today) and will remain open for applications until Monday, 16 November 2020 at 20:21 (pm) GMT.

Fans will be able to apply for tickets for each of the 61 matches across all three tournaments, with tickets in every price category at every match available. Supporters are also reminded that the ballot does not work on first come, first served basis and all applications submitted at any time before or on the 16 November will be assessed equally.


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