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Ministerial media release: Stage set for historic rugby league women’s world cup 2017

November 2017

The best female rugby league players in the world have arrived in Sydney ahead of the Women’s Rugby League World Cup 2017 which starts this Thursday at Southern Cross Group Stadium in Cronulla.

Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres today joined Rugby League World Cup 2017 CEO Andrew Hill to officially kick-start the competition.

“This is history in the making. For the first time the women’s event will be held at the same time as the men’s and it’s also the first time all 12 games will be televised in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea,” Mr Ayres said.

“The NSW Government is proud to invest half a million dollars to help make the Rugby League Women’s World Cup 2017 a reality.

“NSW represents nearly 65 per cent of female participation at the local club level in Australia, and we are keen to see more young women picking up a footy and giving it a go.

“Hundreds of Sydney school children will cheer on the Jillaroos, along with a nominated ‘second favourite’ world team under a special program, so we hope to create a new generation of fans and female players.”

Rugby League World Cup 2017 CEO Andrew Hill said; “This is a truly historic moment for women’s rugby league, not just in Australia but around the world. I thank the NSW Government for their great support that has made it possible for us to showcase the women’s teams to an international audience.”

The Rugby League Women’s World Cup 2017 will be played in Cronulla from 16 – 26 November, with the final in Brisbane on 2 December. The Jillaroos will defend their title on home soil against pool rivals England and the Cook Islands. New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Canada will compete in the opposing pool.

Children under 16 can gain free entry and tickets are only $10 for adults and can be purchased at Rugby League World Cup 2017.

MEDIA: Vanessa Grimm I Minister Ayres I 0419 744 236