Rugby League’s governing body in New Zealand has suggested it’s unlikely the tournament will be staged there in 2025.
The destination for the competition in six years’ time is still unknown, following fresh uncertainty surrounding a possible bid from the USA.
“It’s unlikely at this stage, because they’re requesting proposals and the RLIF are still considering venues and possible proposals in that light,” said NZRL CEO Greg Peters.
“In 2017 New Zealand was a successful participant in hosting that, but it’s a massive undertaking and at this stage we’re not considering 2025, but you never say never.”
England confirmed the venues for the 2021 World Cup last week.