The organisers of the Rugby League World Cup in England have scheduled two potential dates for the final: Saturday, November 19, and Sunday, November 20.
The latter date has been set aside if Queen Elizabeth II dies towards the end of the tournament. Protocol dictates her funeral must be on a Saturday, followed by a week of mourning.
However, RLWC organisers have been told a final on Sunday, November 20, would be acceptable to Kensington Palace, should the funeral be held the previous day.
Andrew Hill, strategic advisor for the southern hemisphere for the RLWC, confirmed the two dates, saying, “When the Queen passes, the funeral has to be on a Saturday with a week of mourning. We’ve been given to understand a final on the Sunday is possible.”
Sixteen men’s teams, eight women’s team and eight wheelchair teams will contest the five-week tournament, which begins on October 15.