Rugby League World Cup 2022

Rugby League World Cup 2022: How to watch the World Cup in England

The Rugby League World Cup is about to commence, with all 61 matches from across the men’s, women’s and wheelchair events being broadcast on the BBC in England.


It will mark the first time ever the three tournaments have been screened on free-to-air television in the UK.

When will England play at the Rugby League World Cup?

Every English, Scottish and Welsh game will be on BBC One or BBC Two, as well as on the BBC iPlayer.

The first match of the tournament will feature Shaun Wane’s England side coming up against Samoa who boast plenty of Penrith stars who have won back-to-back titles in the NRL.

It promises to be an epic contest, with the winner of the opening game putting themselves in the best possible position to progress from the group in first place.

The clash between England and Samoa will kick-off in the afternoon on Saturday October 15th. England will then play France and Greece on consecutive weekends to round out the month of October.

  • Saturday, October 15 – England v Samoa (BBC One, BBC iPlayer)
  • Saturday, October 22 – England v France (BBC Two, BBC iPlayer)
  • Saturday, October 29 – England v Greece (BBC One, BBC iPlayer)

How can you watch the other tournaments at the World Cup?  

The women’s rugby league tournament will begin two weeks after the men’s begins, with England’s match against Brazil on Tuesday November 1st kicking it off.

Each game England feature in will be broadcast on BBC Two, with the rest of the matches hosted on BBC iPlayer.

Meanwhile, the wheelchair event will begin on Thursday November 3rd with Spain and Norway playing first. A number of games featuring England, Scotland and Wales will be shown on BBC Two, with the rest also on the BBC iPlayer.

“It is a unique event with the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments taking place at the same time and the BBC coverage across all platforms will reflect that,” BBC Sport’s head of TV, Philip Bernie, said.

Who is on the BBC’s coverage during the Rugby League World Cup?

Mark Chapman, Tanya Arnold and JJ Chalmers will be the face of the coverage on the BBC, with a number of former rugby league stars providing expert analysis.

Four ex-England forwards will be pundits throughout the tournament, with James Graham and Jamie Peacock working alongside Jon Wilkin and Jamie Jones-Buchanan- who feature heavily on Sky Sports’ Super League coverage.

Featuring on the BBC will also be the likes of former Great Britain player and coach Brian Noble, former New Zealand international Robbie Hunter-Paul and former England Women’s prop Danika Priim.

Dave Woods will act as the lead commentator for the BBC, with Australian broadcasting veteran Andrew Voss also lending his voice to the coverage.

What other features will the BBC provide during the Rugby League World Cup?

For those who can’t watch a match on the television in England, select games will be covered on BBC Radio 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra. 

Alongside the broadcast and radio offerings, the BBC will also be providing plenty of content around the tournament through other avenues.

The BBC Sport website and app will have in-play video clips and match highlights alongside plenty of written match reports.

A weekly podcast will also be produced during the tournament entitled the Rugby League World Cup podcast.

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