World Cup Wednesdays: Leeds and England star James Simpson tells us all about the Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup

Rugby League World Cup Ambassador James Simpson with the World Cup trophy at Wembley

Each Wednesday in the build up the 2021 Rugby League World Cups, we will have a special feature as we build up to the biggest ever World Cup in the game’s history looking at those who helped create the legacy and who will be aiming to make their own history this Autumn.

In 2021, for the first time ever, the wheelchair competition will be part of the Rugby League World Cup main event. It will be part of the same brand, with the same profile and the same level of support.

Wheelchair Rugby League is truly the most inclusive sport of all – not solely a disability sport, as able-bodied people are welcome to compete as well and both men and women can play in the same team.

England 2021 will be contested by eight teams over 15 days, starting on Thursday, 11 November with an epic opening clash between England and Australia at the Copper Box in London’s Olympic Park. 

The showpiece final will be at the M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool on Friday 26 November, with the climax of the Men’s and Women’s events as part of an epic ‘Finals Weekend’ on Saturday 27 November.

We caught up with Leeds Rhinos skipper and England international James Simpson to give us a low down of the sport and what fans can expect from the tournament.


Tickets for the Rugby League World Cup 2021 are now on General Sale with less than 200 games to go until the opening game when England Men and Samoa Men meet on 23 October at St James’ Park, Newcastle.

The organisers promise to make this the biggest and best tournament, the most inclusive and accessible in modern history with tickets starting at an affordable £2.21 and 80 per cent of tickets priced below £50.

The demand now means that matches across the tournament now have limited availability and tickets for wheelchair matches at Sheffield EIS are currently unavailable. Tickets will be on sale on a first-come, first-served basis until Tuesday 1 June, where tickets will go off sale for a three-week period until Monday 21 June for seat assignment.

Fans who can no longer attend matches will be able to put their tickets on the Official Resale Platform through the ticketing website later in the year. This will be the safest and most secure way to sell tickets at face value and will allow fellow fans to enjoy the unforgettable atmosphere of RLWC2021.

Tournament organisers also remind fans of the ticket refund guarantee for all ticket purchasers should there be restrictions on crowds at the event and to reassure fans in the unfortunate circumstance the event has to be cancelled. More information is available here.

Premium seats and Hospitality experiences are still on sale and available for all matches and will give fans the opportunity to secure a place at the tournament in addition to enjoying the best match day experience each venue has to offer. More details available here.

Fans can also secure their ticket through booking their Squad Trip including accommodation and experiences all in one place – making it easy to plan your trip and giving you a great choice across our host towns and cities. Book Squad Trips now.

For full ticketing details visit


Premium seats and Hospitality experiences remain on sale and available for all matches in Leeds – giving fans the opportunity to secure a place at the tournament in addition to enjoying the best match day experience each venue has to offer. More details available at