’s Kingston Park will replace Workington as the venue for three men’s games at the 2021 World Cup.

A planned 8,000-capacity stadium in west Cumbria was originally chosen in January as one of 21 host venues.

But Allerdale Borough Council deemed the stadium unsuitable in July ending Workington’s hopes of taking part.

St James’ Park in will also host the opening ceremony on 23 October followed by England men’s first game.

Kingston Park is the home of Falcons union club and Thunder and has a capacity of 10,500.

The 2021 World Cup will see the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments staged together for the first time.

will host both the men’s and women’s finals on 27 November 2021.

The World Cup draw will take place this November, once all the qualifying teams have been confirmed.

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