Canberra to host three rugby world cup matches in 2017

Canberra has secured three pool matches of the Rugby League World Cup 2017 (RLWC2017) including a much anticipated Kangaroos’ fixture.

Rugby League fans of Canberra will get the opportunity to experience the pinnacle of the international game when Canberra Stadium hosts France and Lebanon in Round One action on Sunday 29 October. The home nation – the Kangaroos, coached by Canberra Raiders’ Legend Mal Meninga – will face France in Round Two on Friday 3 November, with the entertaining Fiji Bati to tackle a European Qualifier on Friday 10 November.

The RLWC2017 will see 14 teams play 28 games over five weeks from 27 October until 2 December 2017 – all hoping to be crowned world champions. In addition to playing matches in Australia and New Zealand, there will be three pool matches played in Papua New Guinea.

With 11 teams already confirmed, the final three teams will come from the European Qualifying Tournament to be played in October and November this year. The teams who are still in the race include Wales, Ireland, Russia, Serbia, Italy and Spain.

To view the Rugby League World Cup 2017 Tournament Draw, go to

Tickets will go on general sale on 27 October 2016. Fans should register their interest at