Date: 3/7/17

Five venues across Western Sydney will take centre stage this month as the 2017 Festival of World Cups is contested over a ten-day period from this Friday 7 July 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 16 July 2017. St Marys Rugby League Club will also host the official opening ceremony featuring all competing teams and officials from 6.00pm this Friday, 7 July 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,” said McNaney.

“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,” concluded McNaney.

Ticket prices and available on the gate (cash only)
Match Days – 7 July, 9 July, 12 July and 14 July
$5 children and concessions and $10 adults
Finals Day – 16 July
$5 children and concessions, $15 adults and $25 Family (2 children/2 adults)

Festival of World Cups 2017 – Draw

Friday 7th July
Defence – Men Fiji Great Britain St Marys 11:00 am
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 9th July
Universities Ireland Scotland Cabramatta 2:00 pm
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

Wednesday 12th July
Universities Australia Ireland Cabramatta 2:00 pm
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 14th July
Universities – 5th vs 6th Windsor 11:00 am
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 16th July
Defence – Men’s WC Final Pepper Stadium 2:00 pm
Universities WC Final Pepper Stadium 4:15 pm