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Queensland to host men’s and women’s World Cup finals

13 September 2016

Queensland will host the biggest games of the Rugby League World Cup 2017 with the women’s final to be played at Suncorp Stadium in a double-header with the men’s decider.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the event on 2 December 2017 would be the first Rugby League World Cup final double-header to feature both the men’s and women’s finals at the same venue.

“This is a major coup for Queensland and a huge drawcard for rugby league fans to visit Queensland for this milestone event.”

“Rugby league fans will have the chance to watch the world’s best players battle for World Cup glory on what will be a spectacular day for rugby league.”

Ms Palaszczuk said the women’s final would ensure a big crowd packs Suncorp Stadium to watch history being made.

“Hosting the women’s final is an exciting addition to Queensland’s World Cup schedule and provides a real boost to our reputation as the home of rugby league.”

“I look forward to watching Australia’s Jillaroos defend their 2013 World Cup title right here in Australia’s home of rugby league, Suncorp Stadium,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones said the Rugby League World Cup included five week weeks of rugby league across the state with men’s pool games in Townsville and Cairns as well as a semi-final and the two finals in Brisbane. 

“This is a true celebration of rugby league with tens of thousands of fans from across Australia and the world expected to visit the state,” she said.

“While visiting Queensland they will provide a valuable boost to our economy, tourism industry and community pride,” Ms Jones said.  

Rugby League World Cup 2017 Chief Executive Officer Andrew Hill said playing both finals as a double-header is a game changer for international rugby league and provides the perfect platform to showcase the world’s best talent.

“It has always been the Organising Committee’s vision to have the Women’s Rugby League World Cup played concurrently with the men’s tournament and to have both finals played on the same stage,” Mr Hill said. 

“Through the support of the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland, we have been able to create what is a milestone moment for the sport of rugby league, particularly for the women’s game." 

“To crown two World Cup winners at such an iconic rugby league venue on the one day will conclude what will be the greatest Rugby League World Cup.”

Queensland’s Rugby League World Cup 2017 matches were delivered in partnership between Tourism and Events Queensland, Cairns Regional Council, Townsville City Council, Brisbane Marketing and the Rugby League World Cup 2017.

For more information, visit the official Rugby League World Cup 2017 website (external site).