Posted: 5 November, 2016

Italy Claims The Final Place In 2017 RLWC

Tags: RLWC, Italy

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A win in the Rugby League European Federation qualifier has secured the final place in the World Cup draw for Italy.

The Italian Azzuri defeated the Russian Bears this morning, locking in their place as the 14th team in the RLWC team.

Former NRL great Terry Campese featured in the Italian side, as well Joel Reithmuller and Josh Mantellato, and seven players who currently play for teams in North Queensland.

The teams who have made the cut include:

  • Australia
  • England
  • Fiji
  • France
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Lebanon
  • New Zealand
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Samoa
  • Scotland
  • Tonga
  • USA
  • Wales

"I would like to congratulate Italy on their qualification for next year’s Rugby League World Cup," RLWC CEO Andrew Hill said.

"The European play-off concludes what was a fantastic 18 months of qualifying matches and the number of teams who competed reflects the growth of the international game.

"The 2017 tournament will feature the greatest rugby league players from across the world all aiming to win what will be the most competitive World Cup ever.

"Fans are in for a real treat and should not delay in securing their tickets for this exciting international event."

Tags: RLWC, Italy

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