There are just two years to go before the world's best rugby league nations go head-to-head in the final of the Rugby League World Cup 2017.
To mark the two year milestone Rugby League World Cup 2017 Chief Executive Officer, Michael Brown, revealed the new tournament logo today with current and future rugby league stars at a South Sydney Rabbitohs community clinic.
In New Zealand, Kiwi stars joined players at a local rugby league clinic in Auckland to celebrate the milestone.
"Rugby league has never been stronger in Australia, New Zealand and around the world, with more people watching and playing the game than ever before," Mr Brown said.
"We want the Rugby League World Cup to be a great celebration – not just for the players but we want to celebrate the diversity of the countries and cultures playing the game.
"It is important we give fans of all the nations playing in the Rugby League World Cup the opportunity to be part of a great experience and we want them to bring their culture, their heritage and their passion to the games.
"The logo we have revealed today represents the diversity of the hosting partners – Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea and also represents the speed and movement of the game.
"The Rugby League World Cup is the pinnacle event on the international calendar and I know players are passionate about representing their country on the world stage."
The RLWC2017 logo was designed in consultation with Australian, Kiwi and Papua New Guinean cultural leaders. It represents the movement, agility and power of the sport and blends together the trophy as the ultimate prize of the event, the colours of the host nations and their cultures.
The RLWC2017 will be officially co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand from October to December in 2017 with the world’s best players from 14 nations competing to become world champions.
There will be 28 matches in the tournament played across three countries. Three pool matches will be played in Port Moresby, while the remaining matches in the tournament will be allocated following consultation with potential host cities in Australia and New Zealand.
"To make this tournament a true celebration of diversity, we also want to play the Women’s World Cup at the same time as the men’s. With more than 180,000 women and girls now playing and over 2.1 million female fans following the game in Australia alone, there is no better time to celebrate the women’s game," Mr Brown said.
Mr Brown also welcomed the appointment of two new RLWC2017 Board members with Dr George Peponis appointed as Chairman and Andrew Fraser joining as the second ARLC representative.
"I am delighted both Dr Peponis and Andrew Fraser have agreed to join the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Board. They will bring with them an exceptional understanding of the game and great administrative experience that will help us to deliver a successful tournament in 2017."
Dr Peponis is a former captain of the Kangaroos and currently Chairman of Canterbury League Club and NSWRL. Andrew Fraser is the former Deputy Premier and Treasurer of Queensland and is currently NRL Head of Strategy and Investment as ARLC nominated Director.
The full RLWC2017 Board consists of:
Dr George Peponis (Chairman)
Andrew Fraser (NRL Head of Strategy and Investment)
Garry Fissenden (NZRL Chairman)
John Bishop (NZRL Director)
David Collier (RLIF CEO)
Nigel Wood (RLIF Chairman)
Register your interest and get ticket information at RLWC2017.com.