Venues for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup are set to be revealed when the competition is officially launched on Tuesday (July 19), the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) have announced.
The RLIF confirmed the decision following their board meeting earlier this week, where they received an update on preparations for next year’s tournament.
Following a bid process, which was overseen by an independent panel, the competition venues are now in place and will be announced during the launch.
The date will also see the official draw for the 11-team tournament, which is being co-hosted by Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
Australia are the defending champions after winning their 10th title at the 2013 World Cup in England.
The English will join the three host nations in 2017, along with Fiji, France, Lebanon, Samoa, Scotland, Tonga and the United States.
Teams will be drawn into four pools at the tournament, which will last for five weeks, with RLIF chief executive David Collier and his Rugby League World Cup counterpart, Michael Brown, due to be in attendance at the launch in Auckland.
The RLIF have also acknowledged the resignation of Carlos Zalduendo from their Board, after he was replaced as the President of the French Rugby League Federation by Marc Palanques earlier this month.
"RLIF is most grateful to Carlos for his contribution to RLIF and to Rugby League in France,” said Nigel Wood, RLIF chairman.
“Carlos' support of International Rugby League could not have been better demonstrated than his support and organisation of our World Congress in Paris last year for which we are most grateful."
"RLIF looks forward to the launch of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup on 19 July and to the finalisation of the European Qualifiers in the coming weeks."
The meeting also saw the Board receive a review of eligibility rules in rugby league, conducted by their chief executive and secretary, with comparisons with other sports and federations, analysis of how the rules complement the sport's strategic plan and recommendations all included.
The RLIF have stated they will put the report to their full members to complete a consultation process, before a presentation to members at their Annual Congress in November.
They also confirmed that the review of bids for the 2021 World Cup will be completed in August, with the Global Media Rights Tenders for 2018 to 2025 set to also be received.
England is the first country to officially declare that it is bidding for the 2021 World Cup, but they could face competition from South Africa and North America.