LONDON Nines and the 2021 Rugby League World Cup have announced a ground-breaking partnership.

London Nines, to be held on August 25 at East London Rugby Club, and RLWC 2021 will announce a series of joint initiatives over the coming weeks and months.

RLWC2021 chief executive Jon Dutton said: “It’s a pleasure to support the London Nines, the largest rugby nines festival in Europe. We look forward to supporting the organisers’ efforts to attract more overseas rugby league teams and fans to London.

“London is critically important to RLWC2021 with the staging of a men’s World Cup semi-final at the Emirates, Arsenal, and England’s group of the wheelchair tournament being held at the Copper Box Arena.

“We look forward to working with the London Nines with compelling offers to entice more rugby league teams and fans to come together and enjoy the experience of what will be the biggest and best Rugby League World Cup in history.”

London Nines organiser Graham Oliphant added: “This is a huge step forward in our strategy to develop the London Nines and propagate a connected and cohesive Nines circuit.

“The 2019 London Nines will see amateur teams from over 12 different nations represented in this one-day festival and the opportunity to enjoy a weekend of rugby league activity in the London. We are also creating a great platform for emerging nations to demonstrate their skills on an international stage and, in the process, make themselves visible for sponsorship.

“The award-winning London Nines recently partnered with the Carolina Nines, thus creating avenues for teams and fans to travel from North America to take part. We will also be creating reciprocal opportunities for UK and European teams who enter the London Nines.

“Moving forward, we are excited to be working with the RLWC2021 team to showcase London as the epicentre for attracting teams and fans to England 2021.”