Rugby League World Cup

RLWC – 2013

The 2013 Rugby League World Cup has been announced that it will be hosted in the United Kingdom and run by the Rugby Football League. There are 14 Nations that will participate with 12 teams already gaining automatic qualification. The 10 RLWC2008 teams: New Zealand, Australia, England, Fiji, Ireland, Papua New Guinea, Scotland Tonga, Samoa and France. Also Wales and the Cook Islands have been granted automatic qualification with their recent full RLIF member ship inclusion. The last two spots came from two qualification tournaments: A European group involving Russia, Serbia, Lebanon and Italy and an Atlantic group involving the USA, Jamaica and South Africa. In the European Group Italy won the place while in the Atlantic group the United States won through for the first time.

European Group, 2011

Team P W D L B PF PA PD Pt
01 Italy 3 2 1 0 0 163 31 132 5
02 Lebanon 3 2 1 0 0 147 23 124 5
03 Russia 3 1 0 2 0 42 152 -110 2
04 Serbia 3 0 0 3 0 38 174 -146 0
  • October 15 - Italy (92) v Russia (6) - Stadio Del Plebiscit, Padova, Italy
  • October 16 - Lebanon (96) v Serbia (4) - Tripoli, Lebanon
  • October 22 - Russia (00) v Lebanon (32) – Vereya, Russia
  • Ocotber 23 - Serbia (06) v Italy (56) –  Belgrade, Serbia
  • October 29 - Serbia (28) v Russia (36) - Belgrade, Serbia
  • October 29 - Italy (19) v Lebanon (19) - Belgrade, Serbia

Atlantic Group, 2011

Team P W D L B PF PA PD Pt
01 USA 3 2 0 0 1 80 8 76 4
02 Jamaica 3 1 0 1 1 24 46 -22 2
03 South Africa 3 0 0 2 1 10 60 -54 0
  • October 15 - USA (40) v South Africa (4) - Campbell’s Field, Camden, USA
  • October 19 - Jamaica (20) v South Africa (6) - Campbell’s Field, Camden, USA
  • October 23 - Jamaica (4) v USA (40) - Campbell’s Field, Camden, USA

There are 4 groups, two with 4 teams and 2 with 3 teams. All teams in groups A and B play each other once while in Groups C and D, teams play the other nations in their group and also one team from the opposite group as follows: Scotland v Atlantic qualifier, Tonga v Cook Islands, Wales v European qualifier. The top 3 in groups A and B go to the quarter finals and the top team in groups C and D also go through to the Quarters.

Group A

  • October 26 - Australia (28) vs. England (20) – Millenium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales -
  • October 28 - Ireland (14) vs. Fiji (32) – Spotland Stadium, Rochdale, England -
  • November 02 - Fiji (02) vs. Australia (34) – The Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield, England -
  • November 02 - England (42) vs. Ireland (00) – Langtree Park, St Helens, Engalnd -
  • November 09 - Australia (50) vs. Ireland (00) – KC Stadium, Hull, England -
  • November 09 - England (34) vs. Fiji (12) – Thomond Park Stadium, Limerick, Ireland -
Team P W D L B PF PA PD Pt
01 Australia 3 3 0 0 0 112 22 90 6
02 England 3 2 0 1 0 96 40 56 4
03 Fiji 3 1 0 2 0 46 82 -36 2
04 Ireland 3 0 0 3 0 14 124 -110 0

Group B

  • October 27 - France (09) vs. Papua New Guinea (08) – MS3 Craven park, Hull, England -
  • October 27 - Samoa (24) vs. New Zealand (42) – Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, England -
  • November 01 - New Zealand (48) vs. France (00) – Parc des Sports, Avignon, France -
  • November 04 – Papua New Guinea (04) vs. Samoa (38) – MS3 Craven Park, Hull, England -
  • November 08 - New Zealand (56) vs. PNG (10) - Headingley Carneigie Stadium, Leeds, England -
  • November 11 - France (06) vs. Samoa (22) - Gilbert Brutus Stadium, Perpignan, France -
Team P W D L B PF PA PD Pt
01 New Zealand 3 3 0 0 0 146 34 112 6
02 Samoa 3 2 0 1 0 84 52 32 4
03 France 3 1 0 2 0 15 78 -63 2
04 PNG 3 0 0 3 0 22 103 -81 0

Group C

  • October 29 - Scotland (26) vs. Tonga (24) - Derwent Park, Workington, England -
  • November 03 - Italy (30) vs. Scotland (30) – Derwent Park, Workington, England -
  • November 10 - Tonga (16) vs. Italy (00) – The Shay Stadium, Halifax, England -
Team P W D L B PF PA PD Pt
01 Scotland 3 2 1 0 0 78 62 16 5
02 Tonga 3 2 0 1 0 62 42 20 4
03 Italy 3 1 1 1 0 62 62 0 3

Group D

  • October 30 - U.S.A. (32) vs. Cook Islands (20) - The Memorial Stadium, Bristol, England -
  • November 03 - Wales (16) vs. U.S.A. (24) - Glyndŵr University Racecourse Ground, Wrexham, Wales -
  • November 10 - Cook Islands (28) vs. Wales (24) – The Gnoll, Neath, Wales -
Team P W D L B PF PA PD Pt
01 U.S.A 3 2 0 1 0 64 58 6 4
02 Cook Islands 3 1 0 2 0 64 78 -14 2
03 Wales 3 0 0 3 0 56 84 -28 0

Group C/D Extra Games

  • October 26 – Wales (16) vs. Italy (32) – Millenium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales -
  • November 05 - Tonga (22) vs. Cook Islands (16) - Leigh Sports Village, Leigh, England -
  • November 07 - Scotland (22) vs. U.S.A. (08) – City of Salford Community Stadium, Salford, England -

Quarter Finals

  • November 15 - New Zealand (40) vs. Scotland (04) - Headingley Carneigie Stadium, Leeds, England -
  • November 16 – Australia (62) vs. U.S.A. (00) – Glyndŵr University Racecourse Ground, Wrexham, Wales -
  • November 16 – England (34) vs. France (06) – DW Stadium, Wigan, England -
  • November 17 - Samoa (04) vs. Fiji (22) – The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, England -

Semi Finals

  • November 23 – New Zealand vs. England – Wembley Stadium, London, England -
  • November 23 – Australia vs. Fiji – Wembley Stadium, London, England -

Final

  • November 30 – Winner SF 1 vs. Winner SF 2 – Old Trafford, Manchester, England -

RLWC – 2008

The 2008 Rugby League World Cup was held in Australia after an 8 year wait from the 200o edition. 10 Teams contested the tournament in three groups. A new inovation was brought in, the Super group which involved four of the top teams and was designed to make games closer and more attractive. The Tournament was dominated by the European and Pacific nations with Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa from the Pacific and England, France, Ireland and Scotland from Europe. The tournaments culminated in the Final on November 22 where a new winner was crowned with new Zealand winning the World Cup for the first time.

Group A – Super Group

  • 25 October – England 32-22 Papua New Guinea – Townsville, Australia – 10,780
  • 26 October – Australia 30-6 New Zealand – Sydney, Australia – 34,157
  • 01 November – New Zealand 48-6 Papua New Guinea – Gold Coast, Australia -11,278
  • 02 November – Australia 52-4 England – Melbourne, Australia – 36,297
  • 08 November – England 24-36 New Zealand – Newcastle, Australia – 15,145
  • 09 November – Australia 46-6 Papua New Guinea – Townsville, Australia – 16,239
Team P W D L B PF PA PD Pt
01 Australia 3 3 0 0 0 128 16 122 6
02 New Zealand 3 2 0 1 0 90 60 30 4
03 England 3 1 0 2 0 60 110 -50 2
04 PNG 3 0 0 3 0 34 126 -92 0

Group B

  • 26 October – France 36-18 Scotland – Canberra, Australia – 9,287
  • 01 November – Fiji 42-6 – Wollongong, Australia – 9,213
  • 05 November – Scotland 18-16 Fiji – Gosford, Australia – 9,720
Team P W D L B PF PA PD Pt
01 Fiji 3 1 0 1 1 58 24 34 2
02 Scotland 3 1 0 1 1 36 50 -16 2
03 France 3 1 0 1 1 42 60 -18 2

Group C

  • 27 October – Tonga 22-20 Ireland – Parramatta, Australia – 6,165
  • 31 October – Samoa 20-12 Tonga – Penrith, Australia – 11,787
  • 05 November – Ireland 34-16 Samoa – Parramatta, Australia – 8,602
Team P W D L B PF PA PD Pt
01 Ireland 3 1 0 1 1 54 38 16 2
02 Tonga 3 1 0 1 1 34 40 -6 2
03 Samoa 3 1 0 1 1 36 46 -10 2

9/10 Play Off

  • 09 November – Samoa 42-10 France – Penrith, Australia – 8,028

7/8 Play Off

  • 08 November – Tonga 48-0 Scotland – Rockhampton, Australia – 5,930

Semi Final Qualifier

  • 10 November – Ireland 14-30 Fiji – Gold Coast – 8,224

Semi Finals

  • 15 November – England 22-32 New Zealand – Brisbane, Australia – 26,659
  • 16 November – Australia 52-0 Fiji – Sydney, Australia – 15,855

Final

  • 22 November – Australia 22-34 New Zealand – Brisbane, Australia – 50,599

RLWC – 2000

The 12th World Cup held in Great Britain and France. The format expanded once more to 16 teams with four groups of four teams and saw a proper finals series played out. Australia won the tournament once again but suffered an almighty scare in the semis against Wales. This World Cup was considered a disaster, due to poor planning, a train strike and poor weather hampering gate taking. But despite that it did make a profit which was used to bail the RFL out of financial trouble. It would take another 8 years and the Australian Centenary of Rugby League to stage the 13th installment.

Group 1

  • 28 October – England 2-22 Australia – London, England – 33,758
  • 29 October – Fiji 38-12 Russia – Barrow-in-Furness, England – 2,187
  • 01 November – Australia 66-8 Fiji – Gateshead, England – 4,179
  • 01 November – England 76-4 Russia – St Helens, England – 5,736
  • 04 November – England 66-10 Fiji – Leeds, England – 10,052
  • 04 November – Australia 110-4 Russia – Hull, England – 3,044
Team P W D L B PF PA PD Pt
01 Australia 3 3 0 0 0 198 14 184 6
02 England 3 2 0 1 0 144 36 108 4
03 Fiji 3 1 0 2 0 56 144 -88 2
04 Russia 3 0 0 3 0 20 224 -204 0

Group 2

  • 29 October – New Zealand 64-0 Lebanon – Gloucester, England – 2,496
  • 29 October – Wales 38-6 Cook Islands – Wrexham, Wales – 5,016
  • 02 November – New Zealand 84-10 Cook Islands – Reading, England – 3,982
  • 02 November – Wales 24-22 Lebanon – Llanelli, Wales – 1,497
  • 05 November – Cook Islands 22-22 Lebanon – Cardiff, Wales – 17,612
  • 05 November – Wales 18-58 New Zealand – Cardiff, Wales – 17,612
Team P W D L B PF PA PD Pt
01 New Zealand 3 3 0 0 0 206 28 178 6
02 Wales 3 2 0 1 0 80 86 -6 4
03 Lebanon 3 0 1 2 0 44 110 -66 1
04 Cook Islands 3 0 1 2 0 38 144 -106 1

Group 3

  • 28 October – Papua New Guinea 23-20 France – Paris, France – 7,498
  • 28 October – Tonga 66-18 South Africa – Paris, France – 7,498
  • 01 November – France 28-8 Tonga – Carcassonne, France – 10,288
  • 02 November – Papua New Guinea 16-0 South Africa – Toulouse, France – 4,313
  • 05 November – France 56-6 South Africa – Albi, France – 7,698
  • 06 November – Papua New Guinea 30-22 Tonga – Perpignan, France – 3,666
Team P W D L B PF PA PD Pt
01 PNG 3 3 0 0 0 69 42 27 6
02 France 3 2 0 1 0 104 37 67 4
03 Tonga 3 1 0 2 0 96 76 20 2
04 South Africa 3 0 0 3 0 24 138 114 0

Group 4

  • 28 October – Ireland 30-16 Samoa – Belfast, Nth Ireland – 3,207
  • 29 October – Scotland 16-17 NZ Maori – Glasgow, Scotland – 2,008
  • 01 November – Ireland 18-6 Scotland – ?, ? – 1,782
  • 01 November – Samoa 21-16 NZ Maori – Workington, England – 4,107
  • 04 November – Ireland 30-16 NZ Maori – Dublin, Ireland – 3,164
  • 05 November – Scotland 12-20 Samoa – Edinburgh, Scotland – 1,579
Team P W D L B PF PA PD Pt
01 Ireland 3 3 0 0 0 78 38 40 6
02 Samoa 3 2 0 1 0 57 58 -1 4
03 NZ Maori 3 1 0 2 0 49 67 -18 2
04 Scotland 3 0 0 3 0 34 55 -21 0

Quarter Finals

  • 11 November – Australia 66-10 Samoa – Watford, Engalnd – 5,404
  • 11 November – Engalnd 26-16 Ireland – Leeds, England – 15,405
  • 12 November – New Zealand 54-6 France – Castleford, England – 5,158
  • 12 November – Wales 22-8 Papua New Guinea – Widnes, England – 5,211

Semi Finals

  • 18 November – New Zealand 49-6 Engalnd – Bolton, Engalnd – 16,032
  • 19 November – Australia 46-22 Wales – Huddersfield, England – 8,114

Final

  • 25 November – Australia 40-12 New Zealand – Manchester, England – 44,329

RLWC – 1995

The 1995 Rugby League World Cup was held in October in the United Kingdom and is arguably the most successful World Cup ever. This was also the Centenary World Cup marking 100 years of Rugby League existence from 1895. It was a celebration of the sport and saw the emergence of new teams other than the main 5 into the sport. Nations such as South Africa, Fiji and Western Samoa all made their debuts. The Tournament was won by Australia which it continued to have a stranglehold on.

Group 1

  • 07 October – England 20-16 Australia – London, England – 41,271
  • 08 October – Fiji 52-6 South Africa – Keighley, England – 4,854
  • 10 October – Australia 86-6 South Africa – Gateshead, England – 9,181
  • 11 October – England 46-0 Fiji – Wigan, England – 26,236
  • 14 October – Australia 66-0 Fiji – Huddersfield, England – 7,127
  • 14 October – England 46-0 South Africa – Leeds, England – 14,041
Team P W D L B PF PA PD Pt
01 England 3 3 0 0 0 112 16 96 6
02 Australia 3 2 0 1 0 168 26 142 4
03 Fiji 3 1 0 2 0 52 118 -66 2
04 South Africa 3 0 0 3 0 12 184 -172 0

Group 2

  • 08 October – New Zealand 25-24 Tonga – Warrington, England – 8,083
  • 10 October – Papua New Guinea 28-28  Tonga – Hull, England – 5,121
  • 13 October – New Zealand 22-6 Papua New Guinea – St Helens, England – 8,679
Team P W D L B PF PA PD Pt
01 New Zealand 3 2 0 0 1 47 30 17 4
02 Tonga 3 1 1 0 1 52 53 -1 1
03 PNG 3 1 1 0 1 34 50 -16 1

Group 3

  • 09 October – Wales 28-6 France – Cardiff, Wales – 10,250
  • 12 October – France 10-56 Western Samoa – Cardiff, Wales – 2,173
  • 15 October – Wales 22-10 Western Samoa – Swansea, Wales – 15,385
Team P W D L B PF PA PD Pt
01 Wales 3 2 0 0 1 50 16 34 4
02 West. Samoa 3 1 0 1 1 66 32 34 2
03 France 3 0 0 2 1 16 84 -68 0

Semi Finals

  • 21 October – England 25-10 Wales – Manchester, England – 30,042
  • 22 October – Australia 30-20 New Zealand – Huddersfield, England – 16,608

Final

  • 28 October – England 8-16 Australia – London, England – 66,540

RLWC – 1989 to 1992

This World Cup continued the multi-year format with games played over a number of years, home and away. 5 Nations once again competed with the Final help at Wembley in front of a world record World Cup crowd. Great Britain almost beat Australia in one of the most thrilling World Cup finals ever.

  • 23 July1989 – New Zealand 14-22 Australia – Auckland, New Zealand – 15,00
  • 11 November 1989 – Great Britain 10-6 New Zealand – Wigan, England – 20,346
  • 03 December 1989 – France 0-34 New Zealand – Carcassonne, France -4,208
  • 02 June 1990 – Papua New Guinea 8-40 Great Britain – Port Moresby – 7,837
  • 27 June 1990 – Australia 34-2 France – Parkes, Australia – 12,384
  • 15 July 1990 – New Zealand 21-18 Great Britain – Christchurch – 3,133
  • 11 August 1990 – Papua New Guinea 10-18 New Zealand – Port Moresby, Papua new Guinea – 7,837
  • 24 November 1990 – Great Britain 0-14 Australia – Leeds, England – 32,500
  • 09 December 1990 – France 10-34 Australia – Perpignan, France – 3,428
  • 27 January 1991 – France 10-45 Great Britain – Perpignan, France – 3,956
  • 23 June 1991 – New Zealand 32-10 France – Christchurch, New Zealand – 2,000
  • 07 July 1991 – Papua New Guinea 18-20 France – Goroka, Papua New Guinea – 11,485
  • 31 July 1991 – Australia 40-12 New Zealand – Brisbane, Australia – 29,139
  • 13 October 1991 – Papua New Guinea 6-40 Australia – Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea – 14,500
  • 09 November 1991 – Great Britain 56-4 Papua New Guinea – Wigan, England – 4,193
  • 24 November 1991 – France 28-14 Papua New Guinea – Carcassonne, France – 1,440
  • 07 March 1992 – Great Britain 36-0 France – Hull, England – 5,250
  • 03 July 1992 – Australia 16-10 Great Britain – Brisbane, Australia – 32,313
  • 05 July 1992 – New Zealand 66-10 Papua New Guinea – Auckland, New Zealand – 3,000
  • 15 July 1992 – Australia 36-14 Papua new Guinea – Townsville, Australia – 12,470
Team P W D L B PF PA PD Pt
01 Australia 8 8 0 0 0 236 68 168 16
02 Great Britain 8 5 0 3 0 221 79 142 10
03 New Zealand 8 5 0 3 0 197 120 77 10
04 France 8 2 0 6 0 80 247 -167 4
05 PNG 8 0 0 8 0 84 304 -220 3

Final

  • 24 October 1992 – Australia 10-6 Great Britain – London, England, 73,631

RLWC – 1985 to 1988

The ninth world cup took on yet another format. It was played over a 4 year period world wide with a home and away format. The tournament expanded once again to 5 teams and this time it was a permanent expansion with the inclusion of Papua New Guinea. In PNG Rugby League is the National Sport, the only country in the world where this is the case. This was also the first World Cup final appearance for the Kiwis.

  • 07 July 1985 – New Zealand 18-0 Australia – Auckland, New Zealand – 15,372
  • 09 November 1985 – Great Britain 6-6 New Zealand – Leeds, England – 22,209
  • 07 December 1985 – France 0-22 New Zealand – Perpignan, France – 5,000
  • 16 Februaru 1986 – France 10-10 Great Britain – Avignion, France – 4,000
  • 29 July 1986 – Australia 32-12 New Zealand – Brisbane, Australia – 22,811
  • 17 August 1986 – Papua New Guinea 24-22 New Zealand – Port Moresby, PNG – 15,000
  • 04 October 1986- Papua New Guinea 12-62 Australia – Port Moresby, PNG – 17,000
  • 22 November 1986 – Great Britain 15-24 Australia – Wigan, England – 20,169
  • 13 December 1986 – France 0-52 Australia – Carcassonne, France – 5,000
  • 14 January 1987 – Great Britain 54-4 France – Leeds, England – 6,567
  • 24 October 1987 – Great Britain 42-0 Papua New Guinea – Wigan, England – 9,121
  • 15 November 1987 – France 21-4 Papua New Guinea – Carcassonne, France – 5,000
  • 22 May 1988 – Papua New Guinea 22-42 Great Britain – Port Moresby, PNG – 12,107
  • 09 July 1988 – Australia 12-26 Great Britain – Sydney, Australia – 15,944
  • 17 June 1988 – Australia 70-8 Papua New Guinea – Wagga Wagga, Australia – 11,685
  • 10 July 1988 – New Zealand 66-14 Papua New Guinea – Auckland New Zealand – 8,392
  • 20 July 1988 – New Zealand 12-10 Great Britain – Christchurch, New Zealand – 8,525
Team P W D L B PF PA PD Pt
01 Australia 7 5 0 2 0 252 91 161 12
02 New Zealand 7 4 1 2 0 158 86 72 11
03 Great Britain 8 4 2 2 0 203 90 113 10
04 PNG 7 1 0 6 0 83 325 -241 4
05 France 5 1 1 3 0 35 140 -105 3

Final

  • 9 October 1988 – Australia 25-12 New Zealand – Auckland, New Zealand – 47,363

RLWC – 1977

The World Cup in 1977 went back to 4 teams with England and Wales coming back together to form Great Britain. The Tournament was held in Australia and New Zealand in the winter and went back from a world format to held in one space and time.

  • 29 May – New Zealand 12-27 Australia – Auckland, New Zealand – 12,000
  • 05 June – France 4-23 Great Britain – Auckland, New Zealand – 10,000
  • 11 June – Australia 21-9 France – Sydney, Australia – 13,231
  • 12 June – New Zealand 12-30 Great Britain – Christchurch, New Zealand – 9,000
  • 18 June – Australia 19-5 Great Britain – Brisbane, Australia – 27,000
  • 19 June – New Zealand 28-20 France – Auckland, New Zealand – 8,000
Team P W D L B PF PA PD Pt
01 Australia 3 3 0 0 0 67 26 41 6
02 Great Britain 3 2 0 1 0 58 35 23 4
03 New Zealand 3 1 0 2 0 52 77 -25 2
04 France 3 0 0 3 0 33 72 -39 0

Final

  • 25 June – Australia 13-12 Great Britain – Sydney, Australia – 24,457

RLWC – 1975

The 1975 tournament took on a different format once again. It was played world wide with each nation playing a home and away match with final at the end. Also this was the first year to see expansion of the game with a new team invited in, Wales.This meant that Great Britain did not play but rather England.  The Welsh performed exceptionally for their first tournament coming third.

  • 02 March – France 14-7 Wales – Toulouse, France –  7,536
  • 16 March – England 20-2 France – Leeds, England – 10,842
  • 01 June – Australia 36-8 New Zealand – Brisbane, Australia – 12,000
  • 10 June – England 7-12 Wales – Brisbane, Australia – 6,000
  • 14 June – Australia 30-13 Wales – Sydney, Australia – 25,386
  • 15 June – New Zealand 27-0 France – Christchurch, New Zealand – 2,500
  • 21 June – New Zealand 17-17 England – Auckland, New Zealand – 12,000
  • 22 June – Australia 26-6 France – Brisbane, Australia – 9,000
  • 28 June – Australia 10-10 England – Sydney, Australia – 33,858
  • 28 June – New Zealand 13-8 Wales – Auckland – 9,368
  • 20 September – Wales 16-22 England – Warrington, Engalnd – 5,034
  • 27 September – New Zealand 8-24 Australia – Auckland, new Zealand – 18,000
  • 11 October – France 2-48 England – Bordeaux, France – 1,581
  • 17 Oct0ber – France 10-10 New Zealand - Marseilles, France – 10,000
  • 19 October – Wales 6-18 Australia – Swansea, Wales – 11,112
  • 26 October – England 27-12 New Zealand – Bradford, England – 5,507
  • 26 October – France 2-41 Australia – Perpignan, France – 10,440
  • 01 November – England 16-13 Australia – Wigan, England – 9,353
  • 02 November – Wales 25-24 New Zealand – Swansea, Wales – 2,645
  • 06 November – Wales 23-2 France – Salford, England – 2,247
Team P W D L B PF PA PD Pt
01 Australia 8 6 1 1 0 198 69 129 13
02 England 8 5 2 1 0 167 84 83 12
03 Wales 8 3 0 5 0 110 130 -20 6
04 New Zealand 8 2 2 4 0 121 149 -28 6
05 France 8 1 1 6 0 40 204 -164 3

Final

  • 12 November – England 0-25 Australia – Leeds, England – 7,680

RLWC – 1972

The sixth World Cup was held in France and again was mired in controversy! Australia being favourites didn’t top the table with the Brits being top. In the Final however it was a 10 all draw despite an extra 20 minutes being played. Great Britain was awarded the Trophy having the better League table position. This would also be the last time to date that the British/English have won the World Cup.

  • 28 October – France 20-9 New Zealand – Marseille, France – 20,748
  • 29 October – Australia 21-27 Great Britain – Perpignan, France – 6,300
  • 01 November – France 4-13 Great Britain – Grenoble, France – 5,321
  • 01 November – Australia 9-5 New Zealand – Paris, France – 8,000
  • 04 November – Great Britain 53 – 19 New Zealand – Pau, France – 7,500
  • 05 November – France 9-31 Australia – Toulouse, France – 10,332
Team P W D L B PF PA PD Pt
01 Great Britain 3 3 0 0 0 93 44 49 6
02 Australia 3 2 0 1 0 61 41 20 4
03 France 3 1 0 2 0 33 53 -20 2
04 New Zealand 3 0 0 3 0 33 82 -49 0

Final

  • 11 November – Great Britain 10-10 Australia – Lyon, France – 4,231

RLWC – 1970

The 1970 World Cup – Its 5th edition was a controversial one. Held in England the British were heavy favourites to win the tournaments but the Australians in a scrappy affair won. But the controversy was that when the Australian put the trophy on display it was stolen, not to be seen for another 20 years!

  • 21 Ocotber – Australia 47-11 New Zealand – Wigan, England – 9,805
  • 24 October – Great Britain 11-4 Australia – Leeds, England – 15,084
  • 25 October – France 15-16 New Zealand – Hull, Engalnd – 3,824
  • 28 October – Great Britain 6-0 France – Castleford, England – 8,958
  • 31 October – Great Britain 27-17 New Zealand – Swinton, England – 5,609
  • 01 November – Australia 15-17 France – Bradford, England – 6,654
Team P W D L B PF PA PD Pt
01 Great Britain 3 3 0 0 0 44 21 23 6
02 Australia 3 1 0 2 0 66 39 27 2
03 New Zealand 3 1 0 2 0 32 37 -5 2
04 France 3 1 0 2 0 44 89 -45 2

Final

  • 08 November – Great Britain 7-12 Australia – Leeds, England – 18,776

RLWC – 1968

The Fourth World Cup had an eight year interval. This time there was a Final to be played and ended up being between Australia and France. The Usual Four nations were involved and the matches were held across Australia and New Zealand.

  • 25 May – Australia 25-10 Great Britain – Sydney, Australia – 62,256
  • 25 May – New Zealand 10-15 France – Auckland, New Zealand – 18,000
  • 01 June – Australia 31-12 New Zealand – Braisbane, Australia – 23,608
  • 02 June – France 7-2 Great Britain – Auckland, New Zealand – 15,760
  • 08 June – Australia 37-4 France – Brisbane, Australia – 32,664
  • 08 June –  Great Britain 38-14 – New Zealand – Sydney, Australia – 14,105
Team P W D L B PF PA PD Pt
01 Australia 3 3 0 0 0 93 26 67 6
02 France 3 2 0 1 0 26 49 -23 4
03 Great Britain 3 1 0 2 0 50 46 4 2
04 New Zealand 3 0 0 3 0 36 84 -48 0

Final

  • 10 June – Australia 20-2 France – Sydney, Australia – 54,290

RLWC – 1960

The United Kingdom was host to the third Rugby League World Cup. Once again Great Brtitain, Australia, France and New Zealand were the participants. The same league format as in 1957 was used where the team finishing top of the table were declared the champions. The final match of the tournament was between Great Britain and Australia who were both undefeated so this in effect became the match to decide the World Cup

  • 24 September – Great Britain 23-8New Zealand – Bradford, Engalnd – 20,577
  • 24 September – Australia 13-12 France – Wigan, England – 20,278
  • 01 October – Australia New Zealand – Leeds, England – 10,773
  • 01 October – Great Brtiain France – Swinton, England – 22,923
  • 08 October – France 0-9 New Zealand – Wigan, England – 2,876
  • 08 October – Great Britain 10-3 Australia – Bradford, England – 33,023
Team P W D L B PF PA PD Pt
01 Great Britain 3 3 0 0 0 66 18 48 6
02 Australia 3 2 0 1 0 37 37 0 4
03 New Zealand 3 1 0 2 0 32 44 -12 2
04 France 3 0 0 3 0 19 55 -36 0

RLWC – 1957

The second Rugby League World Cup was held in Australia. Its was in a league format with the top placed country being declared the winner. It was contested by four nations, Australia, Great Britain, France and New Zealand. Australia having won all their matches was a clear winner and took out their first World Cup.

  • 15 June – France 5-23 Great Britain – Sydney, Australia – 50,077
  • 15 June – Australia 25-5 New Zealand – Brisbane, Australia – 29,636
  • 17 June – Australia 31-6 Great Britain – Sydney, Australia – 57,995
  • 17 June – France 14-10 New Zealand –  Brisbane, Australia – 22,142
  • 22 June – Australia 26-9 France – Sydney, Australia – 35,158
  • 25 June – Great Britain 21-29 New Zealand – Sydney, Australia – 14,263
Team P W D L B PF PA PD Pt
01 Australia 3 3 0 0 0 82 20 62 6
02 Great Britain 3 1 0 2 0 50 65 -15 2
03 New Zealand 3 1 0 2 0 44 60 -16 2
04 France 3 1 0 2 0 28 59 -31 2

RLWC – 1954

The inaugural Rugby League World Cup was played in France and was officially known as the “RUGBY WORLD CUP”. France financially made the most out of this tournaments having had the sport banned by the French Rugby Union and Vichy France and their assets seized and never returned, they needed the money in order to survive. Four nations competed in the game France, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand.

  • 30 October – France 22-13 New Zealand – Paris, France – 13,240
  • 31 October – Australia 13-28 Great Britain – Lyon, France – 10,250
  • 07 November – France 13-13 Great Britain – Toulouse, France – 37,471
  • 07 November – Australia 34-15 New Zealand - Marseille, France – 20,000
  • 11 November – Great Britain 26-6 New Zealand – Bordeaux, France – 14,000
  • 11 November – France 15-5 Australia – Nantes, France – 13,000
Team P W D L B PF PA PD Pt
01 Great Britain 3 2 1 0 0 67 32 35 5
02 France 3 2 1 0 0 50 31 19 5
03 Australia 3 1 0 2 0 52 58 -6 2
04 New Zealand 3 0 0 3 0 34 82 -48 0

Final

  • 13 November – France 12-16 Great Britain – Paris, France – 30,368
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