ENGLAND'S path through the 2021 Rugby League World Cup has been plotted after the draw was made today.

Alongside them in Group A for the tournament on home soil are Samoa, France and tournament newcomers Greece

England will face Samoa in the tournament opener at Newcastle's St James' Park on October 23 before further group games at Bramall Lane in Sheffield and Bolton's University of Bolton Stadium.

Defending champions Australia are in Group B alongside Fiji, Scotland and Italy while New Zealand – the current number one ranked nation in the world – are joined in Group C by Lebanon, Jamaica and Ireland.

Tonga, who beat both Great Britain and Australia last year and reached the World Cup semi finals when it was last staged in 2017, are in Group D alongside Papua New Guinea, Wales and the Cook Islands.

Warrington will host three men's group stage games at The Halliwell Jones Stadium but it is not yet confirmed which games they will host.

In the women's tournament, England will be alongside Papua New Guinea, Canada and Brazil in Group A while Australia and New Zealand will clash in Group B, which also includes France and the Cook Islands.

The draw for the wheelchair tournament sees England face Australia, Spain and Norway in Group A while current world champions France are in Group B with Wales, Scotland and the USA.