Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021), the organizing body for the tournament which will take place in England later this year, has announced a new partnership with Stats Perform, the international sports and data technology provider.

Under the agreement, announced today (August 9), Stats Perform will serve as the official data provider for the tournament.

The firm will provide Opta data to support RLWC2021 and its partners in creating “unique experiences” for audiences across media, brands, and sponsors.

Stats Perform will collect and distribute official RLWC2021 data and video for use by team analysts and media outlets across all 61 matches.

This will cover all matches from the men’s, women’s, and wheelchair World Cups, which will be held concurrently for the first time.

The RLWC will be held from  October 15 to November 19. All three events were due to take place last year but were delayed by 12 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jon Dutton, RLWC2021 chief executive, said: “The RLWC2021 is committed to making a real impact in communities, and one of the ways we can support this is by delivering the best possible experiences for our passionate fans, along with supplying our partners and teams with the highest quality match data.

“Stats Perform have been appointed as our official data supplier, due to their longevity and reliable history in the industry. I look forward to working with them as they help us deliver the biggest, best, and most inclusive Rugby League World Cup in history.”

Steve Xeller, Stats Perform chief revenue officer, added: “We’re delighted to announce our partnership with Rugby League World Cup 2021 and be a part of powering the first Rugby League World Cup that encompasses the men’s, women’s, and wheelchair competitions within one tournament. 

“Stats Perform has a long history of growing rugby league globally through our market-leading data, content, and distribution, and this deal is yet another milestone in Stats Perform’s commitment to supporting the expansion of the sport across the globe.”

RLWC2021 recently appointed multimedia sports news service Sportsbeat as the event’s official editorial partner.