Managing Rugby League World Cup 2017 Weather Risks

40 Matches, 14 World Cup Venues, 3 Countries, 2 Weather Policies, 1 Provider

Rugby League is arguably the toughest and most physically demanding of all team sports. Every fan knows about the danger of a high/spear tackle in the game, but very few spend time thinking about the risk of lightning or extreme heat. Thankfully all players, officials, fans and organizers are in very safe hands thanks to the cooperation between RLWC2017 and UBIMET.

UBIMET was selected to provide weather services for RLWC2017 and will assist organizers to implement both the lightning and heat policy. UBIMET has a proven track record in providing the sports industry with high-precision meteorology from F1, PGA Australia, Football Federation Australia, MotoGP to name a few. The reason why major event organizers choose UBIMET is due to the exceptional service offered. UBIMET combines highly precise weather data (100m resolution possible) produced by the unique “RACE” model with a patented, global, ultra-high precision lighting detection network and displays all of this data in a simple to read online platform known as the “Weather Cockpit”. UBIMET takes this to the next level and simplifies the decision-making process by implementing policy thresholds into the Weather Cockpit and applying the traffic light system to indicate danger, a potential for danger and all clear. Should they be needed, specialist meteorologists will be on call 24/7 to provide support throughout the whole tournament.

Rugby League World Cup

The Rugby League World Cup is the pinnacle of rugby league internationally, contested by national teams of the Rugby League International Federation, which was first held in France in 1954, the first World Cup in either rugby code. In the fourteen tournaments held to date, three nations have won the competition (Australia ten times, Great Britain three times and New Zealand once). The 2017 Rugby League World Cup will be the fifteenth staging of the Rugby League World Cup. It will be held in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea between 27 October and 2 December 2017.


UBIMET is a leading commercial provider of precise meteorology services and severe weather warnings. The global company is headquartered in Vienna, Austria and has offices in Karlsruhe, Melbourne, Munich, New York and Zurich employing 250 staff from 25 nations. UBIMET provides high-quality meteorological data, forecasts and alerts enabling weather-dependent industries around the globe to increase safety and efficiency.

UBIMET’s expertise and reliable weather solutions have convinced customers from industries such as aviation and rail, construction, energy, insurance, media as well as event organizers. UBIMET has delivered accurate weather data to Formula 1 since 2014, and our services are widely used by the Australian Sailing Team, PGA, FFA and other major sports organisations.

The company was founded as a start-up by Michael Fassnauer and Manfred Spatzierer in Vienna in 2004. The two founders, driven by a passion for meteorology, are still the driving force behind the company today. Red Bull has been a strategic partner since 2012, expanding the company’s global reach.