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This should be a great game.
 
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Rugby league has banned transgender athletes from international competition for the time being, while World Athletics president Sebastian Coe has hinted track and field could follow swimming in bringing in a tougher policy on transgender stars taking part in women’s events.
 

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The International Rugby League has finalised the qualification framework for the 2025 Men’s, Women’s and Wheelchair IRL Rugby League World Cups to be staged concurrently in France.

The qualifying process for the 2025 Youth World Cup to be played alongside the Men’s, Women’s and Wheelchair tournaments will be announced in 2023.

In what will be the biggest qualifying event in IRL Rugby League World Cup history, a total of 46 national teams will be involved in qualifying competitions for the Men’s and Women’s tournaments, compared to the 20 national teams that were involved in RLWC2021 qualifying.

This includes 20 women’s national teams who will contest international rugby league’s first women’s qualifying competition for the eight remaining positions at RLWC2025.

Russia is currently suspended from international rugby league. A decision will be made in December on whether Russia can participate in the men’s and women’s European qualifying tournaments next year.

There are 16 available berths in each of the four tournaments – Men's, Women’s Wheelchair and Youth (under 19s). France, as the host nation, automatically qualifies for all four World Cups. The eight Men’s quarter-finalists and all eight Women’s teams from RLWC2021, to be played in England later this year, are also given automatic entry into the 2025 World Cup, with the remaining eight spots in each tournament up for grabs.

An expression of interest and invitation process will be used to determine the 16 Wheelchair finalists.
 

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Rugby League World Cup organisers are expecting record-breaking ticket sales for this year's tournament, with a quarter of a million already sold.

The tournament will be staged at venues throughout England this autumn.

England's opening game against Samoa in Newcastle on 15 October is one of several matches heading for a sell-out.
 

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Rugby League World Cup organisers are expecting record-breaking ticket sales for this year's tournament, with a quarter of a million already sold.

The tournament will be staged at venues throughout England this autumn.

England's opening game against Samoa in Newcastle on 15 October is one of several matches heading for a sell-out.
Can't wait, this will be the best world cup to date. There's probably about 5 teams that could win it this year .
 
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Versatile back Gareth Widdop has retired from international rugby league with the start of England's home World Cup campaign just over a month away.

The 33-year-old, who is out of contract at Warrington and last played for England in 2018, told Wane he does not want to be considered for selection.

Widdop has seven tries and 71 goals for England in 28 games, since scoring twice on debut against France in 2010.

He missed the end of the current season with a dislocated shoulder injury.

The emergence of Jack Welsby at St Helens, one of England's likely full-back options, and other key names such as Sam Tomkins, Jonny Lomax and George Williams, could have limited Widdop's opportunities had he remained eligible.

England kick off the rescheduled 2021 World Cup against Samoa on Saturday, 15 October.
 

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England's Alex Walmsley has been ruled out of the World Cup with a foot injury.

The St Helens prop, 32, will miss the rest of the season.