20 Feb 2014

OZ/NZ to co-host 2017 League World Cup

6:30 am on 20 February 2014

New Zealand and Australia have been named joint hosts of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

The trans-Tasman bid beat out an audacious attempt by South Africa to host the tournament.

The vice-chairman of the International Rugby League Federation Nigel Wood said it wasn't a simple decision, but the Australia-New Zealand bid was chosen as having the greatest chance of success in world class facilities with big, passionate crowds.

South Africa, who entered teams in the 1995 and 2008 World Cups, argued that they could help spread the game internationally.

Meanwhile, the NRL has announced that this year's mid-season Anzac Test will be in Sydney on the 2nd of May.