Excitement can build again after a new date for the postponed Rugby League World Cup quarter-final in Huddersfield was confirmed – and tickets are on sale now.

There had been disappointment when the World Cup, scheduled for this autumn, was put back for 12 months with the Australian and New Zealand squads reluctant to travel due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Now the tournament has been re-scheduled and the John Smith’s Stadium has retained a quarter-final fixture.

The five-week tournament will kick off at St James’ Park, Newcastle, on October 15 with the opening ceremony, followed by hosts England taking on Samoa. Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium and Leeds United’s Elland Road will host the men’s semi-finals.

The women’s tournament opens at Headingley on November 1 while a double-header at London’s Copper Box kicks off the wheelchair event on November 3.

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The full, revised 61-match schedule, with the vast majority of the 21 venues and 18 host towns and cities based in the north of England, was unveiled at a media briefing in Manchester.

The fixture at the John Smith’s Stadium will be on Friday November 4 (7.30pm) and will see the Group B winner v Group C runner-up. Tickets can be booked HERE.

Huddersfield is famously the birthplace of rugby league having been formed at a meeting at the George Hotel on August 29 1895.