Canada will take part in the 2018 Americas Championship in Jacksonville this month in a bid to qualify for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England. The Wolverines will pay Jamaica in their semi-final with the chance to face either the USA or Chile in the final.
The University of North Florida will host a double-header of Americas Championship semi-finals on November 13th followed by the final games on November 17th. These games will determine which of the four nations will qualify for the World Cup automatically and which of them will have the opportunity to gain entry via an intercontinental repechage.
This year’s Americas Championship is particularly intriguing due to the inclusion of Chile, who recently gained Affiliate status of the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF). The USA were the last winners of the Americas Championship, qualifying for the 2017 Rugby World Cup, which was staged in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
A breakdown of the tournament is below.
Tuesday November 13th: Semi-Finals
– Canada Vs Jamaica (Game A) – 5:30pm EST
– United States Vs Chile (Game B) – 8:00pm EST
Losers of each semi-final are eliminated from competition but will face off in a 3rd place play off
Saturday November 17th: Final
– 3rd place play off (Loser Game A Vs Loser B) – 1:30pm EST
– Final (Winner Game A Vs Winner Game B) – 4:00pm EST
The winner of the final qualifies for 2021 Rugby League World Cup.
The loser of the final enters the intercontinental repechage competition (to take place in 2019)
Information on how to stream the games to follow.