The Rugby League International Federation have officially confirmed the draw for the 2017 Student Rugby League World Cup in Australia.

The ten-day long tournament is being staged in the Parramatta and Penrith areas of Sydney, with the final being held at Pepper Stadium, the home of Penrith Panthers, on Sunday 16 July.

The competition will feature six countries drawn in two pools of three using rankings based on how they finished in the 2013 World Cup in England.

To keep the regular format of three group games, teams will play each of the teams in their pool and one cross-pool game against the side with a similar ranking.

Wales will open the tournament, taking on Scotland at Ringrose Park in Wentworthville while England face Australia in the third and final game of the opening day.

The Welsh side will also take on England and New Zealand while England’s other game is a clash with Scotland.

Ireland have a tough looking assignment as they face both Australia and New Zealand as well as taking on the Scots in the middle round of the three to be played.

Defending champions Australia have won five of the eight tournaments played, with New Zealand successful in the other three.

The draw in full is (ranking in brackets):

 POOL A 

·         A1          Australia (1)

·         A2          New Zealand (3)

·         A3          Ireland (6)

 POOL B

·         B1          England (2)

·         B2          Wales (4)

·         B3          Scotland (5)

 SCHEDULE (all times local)

Friday 7th July

10:00am

Scotland              vs           Wales

Ringrose Park, Wentworthville

2:00pm

New Zealand      vs           Ireland

Ringrose Park, Wentworthville

6:45pm

England               vs           Australia

St Marys Stadium

Sunday 9th July

2:00pm

Ireland                 vs           Scotland

New Era Stadium, Cabramatta

2:00pm

Wales                   vs           England

Windsor Sports Complex

6:00pm

Australia              vs           New Zealand

New Era Stadium, Cabramatta

Wednesday 12th July

2:00pm

Australia              vs           Ireland

New Era Stadium, Cabramatta

4:00pm

England               vs           Scotland

New Era Stadium, Cabramatta

6:00pm

New Zealand      vs           Wales

New Era Stadium, Cabramatta

Friday 14th July

11:00am

5th vs 6th

Windsor Sports Complex

1:00pm

First Semi-final

Ringrose Park, Wentworthville

3:00pm

Second Semi-final

Ringrose Park, Wentworthville

Sunday 16th July

4:15pm

World Cup Final

Pepper Stadium, Penrith