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Discussion in 'World Cup' started by Muppet, Nov 10, 2013.

  1. Muppet

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    Mustering a crowd: The World Cup has been well supported. Photo: Getty Images
    The World Cup final is now expected to be a 75,000 sellout and the semi-final double header at Wembley is tipped to attract 70,000. Even allowing for rugby league's voracious appetite for self-destruction, it is already pretty much too late for the tournament to be a failure. A profit of around $5 million is forecast.
    "The final is pretty much assured of being sold out," tournament director Nigel Wood said: "We've just released the last few seats. As for Wembley, I don't want to predict a figure but we've moved onto the upper tiers."
    The 2008 World Cup in Australia was estimated as making a $3 million profit. The money was put towards junior development, with countries applying for grants, and the rather expensive exercise of staging the qualifiers for this tournament.
    Making cities apply to host games - now commonplace in Australia - was applied in British rugby league for the first time, with 70 councils and local authorities tendering. The councils did most of the work promoting and marketing the games.
    But there is a perception that the money making power of national teams full of NRL and Super League players is only beginning to be exploited. The Rugby League International Federation still has no permanent office or full-time employees. When it starts competing for sponsors and television money with domestic leagues, there is bound to be friction. But the success of the current tournament indicates it would be a fight worth having.
    In the meantime, what's wrong with having three years of World Cup qualifiers played on the NRL's representative weekend?

    http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/...ial-fight-is-worth-having-20131109-2x88n.html
     
  2. Northern_Union

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    Great to see this wonderful world cup making a healthy profit. Pity the weather hasn't come to the party but you can't have it all your own way.
     
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    Hey, this rain can't go on forever! Even for the UK, it has been very wet the last few weeks. At least the pitches have been generally good, and hopefully the weather will improve for the final stages. The last time I went to Wembley, for the Challenge Cup Final, I remember huddling behind a concrete stand from torrential rain. I don't want more of the same. And the tournament deserves better.
     
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    Didn't it piddle with rain constantly the last time the UK had a world cup in 2000? At least this time the good people of the UK have got out to enjoy a world class tournament put on by the RFL and RLWC2013 committee. Even the Irish got behind there match at Thormond park to the tune of 5000 people. From memory at the 2000 event the Irish were only getting 1000 and 2000 per game.
     
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    TBH I don't really remember 2000, NU. But everyone here is pleased about the success of the tournament. There has been some great entertainment and the organisation into groups has been pretty good I think, giving the smaller nations a chance whilst largely avoiding blow-out scores. And I liked the thought that went into based in the PNG side in Hull and the Fijians in Rochdale.
    Even so, the BBC sport website was all about England beating Argentina in a friendly international at Twickenham, and you struggled to see a mention of England qualifying for the World Cup quarter-finals. it is hard to overestimate the stranglehold that RU has on the media here.
     
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    Its been a wonderful event - good games and will be a top final.
     
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    Yes - its on again ... :)

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    So - who will meet us in Final ?
     
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    Melbourne Rectangular Stadium will host a blockbuster opening match of the RLWC2017, when the home nation – the Kangaroos – begin their campaign under lights against England on Friday, October 27.
    The following day the Kiwis first pool match will be played at the home of Rugby League in New Zealand – Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium – when they take on Pacific rivals Samoa.
    Port Moresby will host the PNG Kumuls' three pool matches against two European Qualifiers and the USA. The first match is scheduled for Saturday, October 28 and in a country where Rugby League is the national sport, the passionate fans of PNG are sure to embrace the sport's pinnacle event.

    The World Cup Final will be decided at Brisbane Stadium on Saturday December 2, as the two finalists battle it out for the right to hold aloft the Paul Barrière trophy and claim the title of World Champions.
    RLWC2017 chief executive officer Michael Brown said the Organising Committee made a deliberate decision to take the Rugby League World Cup to more fans than any World Cup has done before.
    "The Tournament Draw demonstrates how far and wide we are taking matches, from established Rugby League communities, to those new and emerging fan bases in all three countries," he said.
    "Over the course of the pool stages we have looked to position matches in strong Rugby League communities and where large populations of ex-pats, Pacifica and indigenous fans live, to give those who love the sport and their national teams the chance to see some World Cup action.

    "The decision to take matches to places like Darwin, Perth, Christchurch and Port Moresby were made with the future of the game in mind. They are matches we believe will give profile to the sport in markets that have already shown an appetite for rugby league."
    The RLWC2017 Tournament Draw is family-friendly by intention, with all matches to be played across the weekend including Friday night games. There will be three double-headers in Cairns, Perth and Townsville, providing additional value for money for fans.
    When not attending games, fans will experience some of the most iconic sporting destinations in the world. Sports enthusiasts will be able to explore the diversity of the eight host cities across Australia to New Zealand's compact nature that simplifies travel and makes it easy for visitors to access all venues while experiencing a variety of tourist attractions along the way. The welcome and hospitality supporters will receive when visiting all three host nations will make the RLWC2017 a bucket list item for sports fans worldwide.
    "We not only want to see traditional rugby league fans come out to support their national team, we aim to engage with the local communities of all participating teams to deliver an event that will entertain the world, inspire communities and celebrate rugby league," continued Brown.

    “Rugby league is truly a game for everyone. We hope the Rugby League World Cup 2017 leaves a legacy for the game that sees it continue to grow and dominate the sporting landscape."

    Tournament Pools
    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 pool structure reflects that of the successful 2013 Tournament. The composition of the pools for RLWC2017 were shaped by a number of considerations, including the final placings from the 2013 World Cup and current world rankings

    Pool A: Australia, England, France, Lebanon
    Pool B: New Zealand, Samoa, Scotland, Tonga
    Pool C: Papua New Guinea, European Qualifier 1, European Qualifier 2
    Pool D: Fiji, USA, European Qualifier 3

    World Cup Draw - Pool matches

    Date
    Match Type
    Match-Up
    Venue

    Oct-27
    Pool – Round 1
    Australia vs England
    Melbourne Rectangular Stadium

    Oct-28
    Pool – Round 1
    PNG v Euro Q1
    Port Moresby (venue TBA)

    Oct-28
    Pool – Round 1
    New Zealand vs Samoa
    Mt Smart, Auckland

    Oct-28
    Pool – Round 1
    Fiji vs USA
    Townsville Stadium

    Oct-29
    Pool – Round 1
    Scotland vs Tonga
    Barlow Park, Cairns

    Oct-29
    Pool – Round 1
    Euro Q2 vs Euro Q3
    Barlow Park, Cairns

    Oct-29
    Pool – Round 1
    France vs Lebanon
    Canberra Stadium

    Nov-03
    Pool – Round 2
    Australia vs France
    Canberra Stadium

    Nov-04
    Pool – Round 2
    New Zealand vs Scotland
    Christchurch Stadium

    Nov-04
    Pool – Round 2
    Samoa vs Tonga
    Waikato Stadium, Hamilton

    Nov-04
    Pool – Round 2
    England vs Lebanon
    Sydney Football Stadium

    Nov-05
    Pool – Round 2
    PNG vs Euro Q2
    Port Moresby (venue TBA)

    Nov-05
    Pool – Round 2
    Euro Q3 vs USA
    Townsville Stadium

    Nov-05
    Pool – Round 2
    Fiji vs Euro Q1
    Townsville Stadium

    Nov-10
    Pool – Round 3
    Fiji vs Euro Q3
    Canberra Stadium

    Nov-11
    Pool – Round 3
    Samoa vs Scotland
    Barlow Park, Cairns

    Nov-11
    Pool – Round 3
    New Zealand vs Tonga
    Waikato Stadium, Hamilton

    Nov-11
    Pool – Round 3
    Australia vs Lebanon
    Sydney Football Stadium

    Nov-12
    Pool – Round 3
    PNG vs USA
    Port Moresby (venue TBA)

    Nov-12
    Pool – Round 3
    Euro Q1 vs Euro Q2
    Perth Rectangular Stadium

    Nov-12
    Pool – Round 3
    England vs France
    Perth Rectangular Stadium

    World Cup Finals

    Date
    Match
    Venue

    Nov-17
    Quarter Final 1: 1A v 3B
    Darwin Stadium

    Nov-18
    Quarter Final 2: 2B v 1D
    Christchurch Stadium

    Nov-18
    Quarter Final 3: 1B v 3A
    Wellington Regional Stadium

    Nov-19
    Quarter Final 4: 2A v 1C
    Melbourne Rectangular Stadium

    Nov-24
    Semi Final 1: QF1 v QF2
    Brisbane Stadium

    Nov-25
    Semi Final 2: QF3 v QF 4
    Mt Smart, Auckland

    Dec-02
    Final: SF1 v SF2
    Brisbane Stadium


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    • No big games for NSW, then? Just Lebanon.
     
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    Maybe ... ;)

    Crowds better in the country.
     
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    More than the NSW govt didn't come up with enough moolah, as I understand it.
     
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    I'll be booking my tickets for the Christchurch game. 400km round trip but it will be worth it.
     
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    Illa Merc: WOLLONGONG has missed out on a World Cup game next year, after the fixtures were announced on Tuesday.
    Cairns, Darwin and Hamilton in New Zealand were the big winners, with the North Queensland city to host three preliminary games and the Northern Territory will be a quarter final venue.
    However, New South Wales has been widely snubbed, with Wollongong, Newcastle and regional areas missing out competely and Allianz Stadium hosting the Australia-Lebanon game.
    Waikato Stadium will host two pool games, as part of a schedule which will see New Zealand host seven World Cup games. Papua New Guinea will play two games at Port Morseby.
    Australia has been grouped in Pool A, with England, France and Lebanon.
    The tournament will kick off in October next year, starting with Australia taking on England at AAMI Park in Melbourne.
    The final, as well as a semi-final game, will be played in Brisbane.
     
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    Hope its a fine day ... :)
     
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    Depends who the "us" is I suppose:cat:
    I was thinking of a England V Unzed final if the aussies bomb out:bag:
     
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    From what i have seen of the pommy forwards in the NRL, and from watching them beat an understrenght Kiwis team last season...and from what i have seen durring the recent ANZAC test where Aussie struggled to beat a NZ A side i wont be surprised if the poms know you aussies over in the first game. You also have the Bennett factor as well.
    Not so sure the poms will beat an aussie team in the finals but you never know, especially with the SOO now in place.
     

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