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  1. What is the European Championship?

    The European Rugby League Championship is a four-team competition between France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

    The competition doubles as an opportunity for automatic qualification for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup hosted in England. The winner and runner-up will automatically qualify for the finals, whilst the teams that finish third and fourth will have a further opportunity via the European play-off qualifying competition later this year.

    The defending champions are Wales, who won all three of their games in the 2015 competition to take the title.

  2. What happens to the bottom two?

    For the top two teams in the European Championship, the hard work is over and they can look forward to joining Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Tonga, Lebanon, Samoa and hosts England in the 2021 finals.

    For the bottom two teams, there's a lot more to be done. They have a second chance to make the finals in October-November 2019 when they join Italy, Russia, Spain and either Norway or Greece in the last qualifying tournament.

    Four teams will qualify for the finals from those six, so all is not lost for the European Championship losers.

    One more place will be decided in two weeks' time when Canada, Jamaica, USA and Chile play semi-finals and finals to decide one qualifier from the America region.

    The last place will be decided next years between the Americas runner-up, South Africa and the Cook Islands.

  3. European Championship results and schedule

    All times are GMT and subject to change.


    Saturday 10 November

    France v Scotland (Carcassonne, 17:00)

    Sunday 11 November

    Wales v Ireland (Wrexham, 15:00)


    Saturday 27th October

    France 54-18 Wales - match report and watch on iPlayer

    Ireland 36-10 Scotland - match report

    Friday 2nd November

    Scotland 12-50 Wales - match report and watch on iPlayer

    Saturday 3 November

    Ireland 10-24 France - match report and watch on iPlayer

    European Championship table
  4. Get Inspired: How to get into rugby league

    Get Inspired


    Rugby league is a fast and dynamic game, which involves great strength, stamina and skill, and is played through the summer, so no muddy pitches, or cold, wet training nights!

    With so many variations, you don't have to play the full version of the game to be part of it.

    Whatever your age, gender, fitness level or technical ability there is a version of rugby league that will suit you.

    What's next? Find your local club by using the RFL's club finder and find out more about rugby league with Get Inspired's handy guide here.

    Jamie Jones-Buchanan