The organisers for the Rugby League World Cup have announced the new competition dates for when the tournament gets underway in 2022.
The World Cup was due to take place later this year, but Australia and New Zealand pulled out amid coronavirus concerns.
Talks were being held to try and alleviate their concerns, there was even the possibility of playing the World Cup without them, or with Indigenous and Maori teams.
The tournament will now take place between 15th October and 19th November 2022, with the opening match still taking place at St James’ Park and the double header finals at Old Trafford.
A full, revised schedule will be released before the end of the year. Tickets bought prior to the postponement will still be valid for the new dates.
Jon Dutton, RLWC2021 Chief Executive, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to announce the revised dates today and can now look forward to the biggest and best Rugby League World Cup ever in the autumn of 2022.
“The continuing conversations with all our supportive hosts and venues have been hugely positive. We are confident that we can deliver a similar tournament schedule, which will be communicated as soon as possible.
“Obviously, we are disappointed the tournament will not be happening as originally planned but we are determined to make next year a celebration of sport, unity, people, place and civic pride.”
Troy Grant, IRL Chairman added: “The Rugby League World Cup is the international pinnacle of our sport, and I am delighted that the new dates have been agreed meaning we can now push forward towards autumn 2022.
“Jon Dutton and the entire RLWC2021 team have worked tirelessly following the postponement being announced and I have total confidence that the 2022 incarnation of the tournament will be the best we have ever seen both on and off the field of play.”