The much-anticipated schedule, for what will be the biggest and best Rugby League World Cup ever, is historic as the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments will be played concurrently for the first time.
The 61 fixtures in five weeks will showcase a festival of world-class sporting action which sees the Fiji Bati open their campaign against the Kangaroos.
The Vodafone Fiji Bati will face the holders Australia in their opening match at the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England.
The match will take place on October 23 in Hull after hosts England open the tournament in Newcastle against Samoa earlier that day.
Fiji Bati could meet the Kangaroos again in the semi-finals after the release of a draw that precludes an Australia-New Zealand final.
Fiji Bati will also face Italy on October 30th and Scotland on November 6th.
Assuming Australia finish top of Group B, they will then play the runner-up of Group C – comprising of New Zealand, Ireland, Lebanon and Jamaica.
If Fiji Bati are second in Group B, they would play the winner of Group C – paving the way for a rematch of their 2017 quarter-final in Wellington, where the Bati upset the Kiwis.
The Kangaroos would then play the winner of New Zealand-Fiji for the right to meet the victor of the other semi-final at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium in the World Cup decider.
A total of 16 nations are competing in four groups at the men’s event, which ends with the final at Old Trafford on November 27.