Five venues across Western Sydney will take centre stage this month as the 2017 Festival of World Cups is contested over a 10-day period from this Friday, July 7, 2017.

360 players, representing 12 teams from the United Kingdom and Australia Pacific will compete in three divisions; Defence Force (men), Defence Force (women) and Universities (draw below).

Cabramatta, St Marys, Wentworthville and Windsor will host the pool rounds and play-off matches, with Pepper Stadium in Penrith hosting Finals Day on Sunday, July 16, 2017.

St Marys Rugby League Club will also host the official opening ceremony featuring all competing teams and officials from 6pm this Friday, July 7, 2017.

The user-pays Festival of World Cups marks the start of a huge six months of international Rugby League with the Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup to take place in France from July 20, the first-ever standalone Women’s World Cup to be staged in Sydney during November, and the Men’s tournament to be hosted by Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

Festival of World Cups 2017 Tournament Director Graham McNaney said that Western Sydney was in for a real treat, as the best of the best converge on the region.

“This year’s event is the third staging of the Festival of World Cups and we are pleased to be hosting three divisions in Western Sydney, featuring some of the world’s leading student and defence force teams,” McNaney said.

“The universities competition is always a must-watch affair and this year will be no different with six well credentialed teams vying for the ninth universities title. 

“The Festival of World Cups is not only a celebration of international rugby league, but reflects the opportunities and pathways available in the sport, and we look forward to watching some enthralling rugby league over the coming weeks,” McNaney said. 

Ticket prices and available on the gate (cash only)

Match Days – July 7, July 9, July 12 and July 14
$5 children and concessions and $10 adults 

Finals Day – July 16
$5 children and concessions, $15 adults and $25 Family (2 children/2 adults)

Festival of World Cups 2017 - Draw

Date

Competition

Home Team

Away Team

Venue

Time

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday

Defence - Men

Fiji

Great Britain

St Marys

11:00 am

7 July

Defence - Men

Australia

New Zealand

Wentworthville

12:00 pm

 

Universities

Scotland

Wales

St Marys

1:00 pm

 

Universities

Pacific Islands

Ireland

Wentworthville

2:00 pm

 

Defence - Women

Australia

New Zealand

St Marys

3:00 pm

 

Opening Ceremony

 

 

St Marys

6:00 pm

 

Universities

England

Australia

St Marys

6:45 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday

Universities

Ireland

Scotland

Cabramatta

2:00 pm

9 July

Universities

Wales

England

Windsor

2:00 pm

 

Universities

Australia

Pacific Islands

Windsor

4:00 pm

 

Defence - Men

Great Britain

Australia

Cabramatta

4:00 pm

 

Defence - Men

New Zealand

Fiji

Windsor

6:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednes

Universities

Australia

Ireland

Cabramatta

2:00 pm

12 July

Defence - Men

Australia

Fiji

Windsor

2:00 pm

 

Universities

England

Scotland

Cabramatta

4:00 pm

 

Defence - Women

New Zealand

Australia

Windsor

4:00 pm

 

Universities

Pacific Islands

Wales

Cabramatta

6:00 pm

 

Defence - Men

New Zealand

Great Britain

Windsor

6:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday

Universities - 5th vs 6th

 

 

Windsor

11:00 am

14 July

Universities - 1st S/F

 

 

Windsor

1:00 pm

 

Defence - Men 3rd vs 4th

 

 

Wentworthville

1:00 pm

 

Universities - 2nd S/F

 

 

Windsor

3:00 pm

 

Defence - Women’s Final

Australia

New Zealand

Wentworthville

3:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday

Defence - Men’s WC Final

 

 

Pepper Stadium

2:00 pm

16 July

Universities WC Final

 

 

Pepper Stadium

4:15 pm