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In October 2016, England was announced as the host the tournament, granting them automatic qualification.
In March 2017, the RLIF confirmed that the 8 quarter-finalists from the 2017 World Cup would receive automatic qualification to the 2021 tournament, along with details of how many slots each region will be allocated: “Seven teams will be qualified from Europe, six from the Asia-Pacific, two from the Americas, and one from a play-off series hosted in Middle East/Africa.” Because Lebanon gained automatic qualification, a repechage play-off between the 2nd placed Middle East/Africa team (behind Lebanon), 2nd placed Americas team (behind the Americas qualifying team), and the 7th placed Asia-Pacific team (behind the 6 auto qualifiers) will take place instead of qualifying 2 Americas teams.
The RLIF requires participating nations to hold full or affiliate level membership. The Netherlands are the only such nation that opted to not participate.
European Qualifying Rounds
Ireland (36) v Scotland (10)
Sat 27 Oct 2:00pm (IST) at Morton Stadium, Santry, Ireland (Crowd: )
France (54) v Wales (18)
Sat 27 Oct 6:00PM (CEST) at Stade Albert Domec, Carcassonne, France (Crowd: )
Scotland (12) v Wales (50)
Fri 2 Nov 7:30PM (GMT) at Netherdale, Galashiels, Scotland (Crowd: )
Scotland cannot qualify directly to 2021 Rugby League World Cup, advance to European play-off.
Ireland (10) v France (24)
Sat 3 Nov 2:00PM (GMT) at Morton Stadium, Santry, Ireland (Crowd: )
France qualify for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup
France (28) v Scotland (10)
Sat 10 Nov 6:00PM (CET) at Stade Albert Domec, Carcassonne, France (Crowd: )
Wales (40) v Ireland (8)
Sun 11 Nov 3:00PM (GMT) at Racecourse Ground, Wrexham, Wales (Crowd: )
Wales have qualified for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup
Americas Qualifying Rounds
Canada (8) v Jamaica (38)
Tue 13 Nov 5:30PM (EST) at Hodges Stadium, Jacksonville, USA (Crowd: )
Canada are eliminated from the 2021 World Cup contention.
Canada’s jerseys did not arrive in time for the game, so they wore an alternate jersey for this match.
USA (62) v Chile (0)
Tue 13 Nov 8:00PM (EST) at Hodges Stadium, Jacksonville, USA (Crowd)
USA Advance to play Jamaica for a place in the 2021 Rugby League World Cup
Chile are eliminated from the 2021 World Cup contention
Canada (60) v Chile (12)
Sat 17 Nov 1:30PM (EST) at Hodges Stadium, Jacksonville, USA (Crowd: )
Jamaica (16) v USA (10)
Sat 17 Nov 4:00PM (EST) at Hodges Stadium, Jacksonville, USA (Crowd: )
Jamaica have qualified for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup
USA will play-off for a chance to make the World Cup in 2019