The Rugby League World Cup started in Newcastle last weekend with the event having already made a lasting impact on the communities hosting it.

Comprising the men’s, women’s and wheelchair events, this is the first time they’ve been held simultaneously, making it the most inclusive Rugby League World Cup ever held.

Taking place in 18 different towns and cities across England, the tournament has already made its mark thanks to almost £26 million of investment into its social impact programme – with more than £23m of that total coming from Sport England.

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Source: Sport England