Rugby League - Kick-offs confirmed for World Cup

Afternoon kick-offs will be the order of the day for the big games at the 2013 World Cup.

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Rugby League - Kick-offs confirmed for World Cup

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The 2013 World Cup gets under way on October 26

Midweek fixtures will have 8pm kick-offs but both the opening game between England and Australia in Cardiff on October 26 and the final at Old Trafford on November 30 will kick off at 2.30pm, while the semi-final double-header action at Wembley starts at 1pm.

It follows the recent agreement struck with the BBC and Premier Sports. In the past Sky Sports has tended to show matches with early-evening kick-offs.

Tournament general manager Sally Bolton said: "It's great that with six months to go, fans who have been waiting to buy tickets and plan trips around the tournament can do so. We expect demand for all tickets at all games to be high, today and over the weekend. Despite the wait for information the 'big three' games have been selling consistently well."

Group games, round one - Saturday, October 26 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff: Australia v England (2.30pm); Wales v Italy (4:30pm). Sunday, October 27 MS3 Craven Park, Hull: PNG v France (4pm); Halliwell Jones, Warrington: New Zealand v Samoa (6pm). Monday, October 28 Spotland Stadium, Rochdale: Fiji v Ireland (8pm). Tuesday, October 29 Derwent Park, Workington: Tonga v Scotland (8pm). Wednesday, October 30 The Memorial Stadium, Bristol: USA v Cook Islands (8pm).

Group games, round two - Friday, November 1 Parc des Sports, Avignon: New Zealand v France (8pm, 7pm GMT). Saturday, November 2 John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield: England v Ireland (2:30pm); Langtree Park, St Helens: Australia v Fiji (8pm). Sunday, November 3 Glyndwr University RS, Wrexham: Wales v USA (2pm); Derwent Park, Workington: Scotland v Italy (4pm). Monday, November 4 MS3 Craven Park, Hull: PNG v Samoa (8pm). Tuesday, November 5 Leigh Sports Village: Tonga v Cook Islands (8pm).

Group games, round three - Thursday, November 7 Salford City Stadium: Scotland v USA (8pm). Friday, November 8 Headingley Carnegie, Leeds: New Zealand v PNG (8pm). Saturday, November 9 KC Stadium, Hull: England v Fiji (2.30pm); Thomond Park, Limerick: Australia v Ireland (8pm). Sunday, November 10 The Gnoll, Neath: Wales v Cook Islands (2pm); The Shay, Halifax: Tonga v Italy (4pm). Monday, November 11 Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan: France v Samoa (8pm, 7pm GMT).

Quarter-finals - Friday, November 15: Headingley Carnegie, Leeds (8pm). Saturday, November 16: Glyndwr University RS, Wrexham (1pm) and DW Stadium, Wigan (8pm). Sunday, November 17: Halliwell Jones, Warrington (3pm).

Semi-finals - Saturday, November 23: Wembley Stadium (1pm and 3.30pm).

Final - Saturday, November 30: Old Trafford, Manchester (2.30pm).

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