World Cup Wednesdays: Simpson excited about England World Cup chances

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.

We caught up with Leeds Rhinos skipper and England international James Simpson tells us why host nation England will set the tournament alight when they take on the world’s best at the Rugby League Wheelchair World Cup this Autumn. You can find out more details at

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.


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