The venues for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup

Wigan's DW Stadium hosted England v France in 2013

Wigan's DW Stadium hosted England v France in 2013

The next edition of the Rugby League World Cup is the first major sporting tournament to simultaneously host a female, male and wheelchair competition - and the city of Liverpool is the only host city that will stage all three formats of the competition.

Roughly four in five venues were chosen as part of the United Kingdom government's Northern Powerhouse scheme to invest in jobs and transport across cities in northern England and Wales, where rugby league's United Kingdom support is traditionally based.

Matches will be played in Leeds, York, Hull, Doncaster, Sheffield and Huddersfield.

Coventry will stage a group fixture at the Ricoh Arena but the other 29 matches will take place in rugby league's traditional heartland, with occasional forays into the north-east, as organisers comfortably meet a Government target of holding at least 80% of the tournament in the Northern Powerhouse.

"Sheffield's diverse culture makes it the ideal host. It's a modern city with a large student population, vibrant nightlife and was a natural choice as a host city due to its community focus and youth development".

It is a far cry from 2013, the last time the Rugby Football League organised the World Cup, when matches were staged in such far-flung places as Limerick, Neath, Bristol and Avignon.

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With the women's and wheelchair tournaments being played alongside the men's event for the first time, Dutton reckons there will be only three days throughout the whole five-week tournament without matches.

Former Leeds Rhinos star Kevin Sinfield said: "This venue (Bramall Lane) will play a key part and hopefully we will fill Bramall Lane".

"The success of our bid reflects the quality of our world-class sporting facilities, varied leisure and entertainment offer, valuable accommodation and excellent city wide partnerships, and we look forward to welcoming athletes and spectators from across the United Kingdom and around the world to enjoy our vibrant and diverse city". We're delighted to be bringing some of the competition's biggest moments to a city with such a rich sporting history. The wheelchair final will be in Liverpool.

He said: "Some of the figures that were done for the 2013 World Cup by UK Sport suggested hosting an England group game was worth around £1 million to £1.5 million".

Organisers were committed to taking a big game to the capital and the Emirates got the nod ahead of Wembley and West Ham's London Stadium when the 17 venues were announced at a launch in Manchester.

Former sports minister Richard Caborn, who is project lead for the Olympic Legacy Park, paid credit to the team behind the bid.

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