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Encyclopedia > Rugby League World Cup

the Rugby League Council to support the concept. At a meeting held in Blackpool, England, November 1953, the International Board accepted Paul Barrie’s proposal that France should be the nation to host the first World Cup, the inaugural "Rugby World Cup" of either rugby code. The first World Cup was held the following year, with Great Britain defeating France in Paris on November 13 to claim the title. The Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) is the world governing body for the sport of rugby league. ... The first Rugby League World Cup was held in France in 1954. ... This article is about the capital of France. ... is the 317th day of the year (318th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Brtish captain Valentine in 1954
Brtish captain Valentine in 1954

The World Cup was initially contested by the four Test nations: Australia, Great Britain, France and New Zealand. The teams played each other in a league format. After a final was played between the top two teams in 1954, it was decided that the team that finished first in the league standings would be declared the winner for the second World Cup in Australia in 1957. Australia proved victorious on their home ground. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Dave Valentine was an English Rugby League player for Huddersfield in the English domestic competition, his position of choice was at Loose forward. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A list of professional sports leagues: Auto racing Champcars, formerly CART (Official Page) Formula One, Grand Prix racing (Official Site) IRL (Indy Racing League) (Official Page) NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) (Official Page) NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) (Official Page) Baseball Major League Baseball Minor League Baseball... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ...


After the successful 1960 competition, in which Great Britain won the title for the second time, there would be no further World Cup for 8 years. The competition had be scheduled to be held in France in 1965, but after an unsuccessful tour of Australia, the French withdrew. The tournament was next held in 1968, and followed a 2 year cycle until the mid-1970s. The 1972 World Cup final ended in a 10-all draw, and the title was awarded to Great Britain by virtue of their superior record in the qualifiers. Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1975 the competition underwent its most radical overhaul to date. It was decided to play matches on a home and away basis around the world, instead of in any one host nation. Furthermore, the Great Britain team was split into England and Wales. Australia won that tournament, and in 1977 it was decided that Great Britain should once more compete as a single entity. Although the final between Australia and Great Britain was a closely fought affair, public interest in the tournament waned due to the continuing tinkering with the format, and it would not be held again until the mid-1980s.


From 1985 to 1988, each nation played each other a number of times on a home and away basis. At the end of that period Australia met New Zealand at Eden Park. The match was a physical encounter, and Australian captain Wally Lewis played part of the match with a broken arm. The Kangaroos won the competition 25-12. This format was repeated from 1989-1992, and Australia defeated Great Britain 10-6 at Wembley Stadium in front of 72,000 people. This crowd remains a rugby league World Cup record. Eden Park is the main sports ground in Auckland, New Zealand for both rugby union during winter, and cricket in summer. ... Captain of the Australia national rugby league football team Wally Lewis (born December 1, 1959 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia) is a former rugby league footballer who was one of the most pre-eminent players of the 1980s. ... Wembley Stadium was a football stadium located in Wembley, London. ...


In 1995 the competition was once again restructured, and the largest number of teams to date (10) entered. New teams competing included Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and South Africa. The tournament, which was also held to celebrate the centenary of the sport in England, was highly successful with over 250,000 people attending the group stages and over 66,000 people attending the final to see Australia defeat England 16-8 in the final. The eleventh Rugby League World Cup was badged the Centenary World Cup, reflecting the fact that 1995 was marked the 100th birthday of the sport. ...


The 2000 world cup expanded the field further, with 16 teams entering. Blown out score lines meant that this tournament was not as successful as the previous one. In the same year, the first women's rugby league world cup was held. The twelfth Rugby League World Cup was held in Great Britain and France in 2000. ... Australia vs. ...


Ten teams are to compete in the next World Cup in Australia in 2008. It has also been announced that the following tournament will be held in Great Britain in 2013[1] The 2008 Rugby League World Cup will be the 13th World Cup, an international tournament for rugby league, that is scheduled to take place between 25 October and 22 November 2008 in Australia. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

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Trophy

The original Rugby League World Cup trophy was produced and then donated to the Rugby League International Federation by the French Fédération Française de Rugby à XIII president Paul Barriere in 1954 to be used for the inaugural competition. This trophy would be used and presented to the winning nation for the next four tournaments until the RLIF decided it would debut a new trophy at the 1970 Cup that was considerably smaller than the original cup and was gold instead of silver like its predecessor. The Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) is the world governing body for the sport of rugby league. ... The Fédération Française de Rugby à XIII (FFR) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in France. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The new cup remained as the tournaments prize until 2000 and as while they wanted to re-introduce the original cup as the competition prize were unable to do so after it was thieved during the 1970 competition[2].


The original World Cup trophy reappeared during the 2000 Rugby League World Cup after it was found and presented to the victorious Australian team. The same trophy will likely be used for both the 2008 and 2013 competitions. The twelfth Rugby League World Cup was held in Great Britain and France in 2000. ... The 2008 Rugby League World Cup will be the 13th World Cup, an international tournament for rugby league, that is scheduled to take place between 25 October and 22 November 2008 in Australia. ... The fourteenth Rugby League World Cup will be held in 2013. ...


Format

The Rugby League World Cup has followed a varied range of formats throughout its history.


Since 1995, groups of teams have been placed in a qualifying pool followed by a finals system. The top teams in each pool qualify into the next round. In 1995, there were 10 teams split into one group of four, and two groups of three. The top two teams progressed in the group of four and the top team progressed from each of the groups of three into the semi-finals. The winners of the semi-finals progressed to the final.


In 2000, sixteen teams were split into four groups of four. The top two teams from each group progressed to the knockout quarter finals. The winners of the quarter finals played in the semi-final and the winners of the semi-finals progressed to the final.


The 2008 tournament will follow a similar format with the 1995 competition. The 10 teams will be split into one group of four, and two groups of three. However, three teams will progress into the semi-finals in the group of four and the winners of the two groups of three will playoff for a position in the semi-final. The winners of the semi-finals progressed to the final.


Alternate formats

From 1954 until 1972 the World Cup competition had only featured four teams in Australia, Britain, France and New Zealand; because of this a current style format of World Cup would have been impractical and instead the RLIF adopted a league style format where each team would play each other and whichever two teams sat atop of the table after the designated matches would play off in a final and be declared champion. This style was again re-introduced for the 1977 tournament.


For the 1975 tournament a new format was introduced where no single country would hold the world cup but rather each country playing in the tournament would hold all home fixtures in their own country and play away in the country of their opposition. This style of tournament saw a further three countries enter the cup under the league format in England, Papua New Guinea and Wales. With the exception of the 1977 tournament this format was used all the way up until the 1995 competition.


Qualification

Since the 1995 tournament the majority of teams have had to qualify for the World Cup tournament. Teams from Europe have qualified through the European qualifying groups, Oceania and Pacific Island teams attempt to qualify for the tournament via Pacific qualifying groups and teams from the Atlantic region qualify through the Atlantic qualifying group. The remaining teams attempt to gain entry via the repechage rounds of the World Cup qualifiers. Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ...


For the 2008 tournament five teams have been granted automatic entry into the cup and will therefore not have to gain admission through the qualifying stages. These five teams are the original five that entered the World Cup between 1954 and 1992 in Australia, England, France, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand. 2008 (MMVIII) will be a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Results

World Cup summaries

Year Host Winner Final Score Loser Final venue Final crowd
1954 France
Great Britain
16 - 12
France
Parc des Princes, Paris 30,368
1957 Australia
Australia
-
Great Britain
[west st oval]], nowra 30,675
1960 United Kingdom
Great Britain
10 - 3
Australia
Odsal Stadium, Bradford 32,733
1968 Australia
New Zealand

Australia
20 - 2
France
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 54,290
1970 United Kingdom
Australia
12 - 7
Great Britain
Headingley, Leeds 18,776
1972 France
Great Britain
10 - 10
Australia
Stade de Gerland, Lyon 4,500
1975 Worldwide
Australia
25 - 0
England
Headingley, Leeds 7,727
1977 Australia
New Zealand

Australia
13 - 12
Great Britain
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 24,457
1985-1988 Worldwide
Australia
25 - 12
New Zealand
Eden Park, Auckland 47,363
1989-1992 Worldwide
Australia
10 - 6
Great Britain
Wembley Stadium, London 73,631
1995 United Kingdom
Australia
16 - 8
England
Wembley Stadium, London 66,540
2000 United Kingdom
Australia
40 - 12
New Zealand
Old Trafford, Manchester 44,329
2008 Australia Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
2013

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Successful national teams

Australia, France and New Zealand are the only nations who have appeared at every Rugby League World Cup from 1954 to 2000. England and Wales also have been at all, but participated under the banner of Great Britain from the majority of the earlier tournaments.

To date only Australia and Great Britain have been crowned World Cup champions with Australia easily the most successful winning nine of the twelve tournaments but many other nations have performed well in the tournament since its inception over fifty years ago. France have been runners-up on two occasions including the inaugural cup where they were captained by Puig Aubert, New Zealand and England have also finished runners-up on two occasions. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 351 pixelsFull resolution (1425 × 625 pixel, file size: 82 KB, MIME type: image/png) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Puig Aubert (born March 24, 1925 in Andernach, Germany – died June 3, 1994 in Carcassonne, France), was debatably the greatest French rugby league player of all-time[1] Over a sixteen year professional career he would play for Carcassonne, Les Catalans, Celtic de Paris and Castelnaudary winning five French championships...


Other nations to make it past the qualifying pool stages include Ireland, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Wales in 2000.


The following list, are all the teams that have competed in a World Cup tournament since its inception; the number of times they have appeared; their most recent appearance; consecutive appearances and their highest result:

Nation Number of appearances First appearance Most recent appearance Most consecutive cups Best result
Flag of Australia Australia 12 1954 2000 12 Champion, 1957; 1968; 1970; 1975; 1977; 1988; 1992; 1995; 2000
Flag of France France 12 1954 2000 12 Runner-up, 1954; 1968
Flag of New Zealand New Zealand 12 1954 2000 12 Runner-up, 1988; 2000
Flag of the United Kingdom Great Britain 9 1954 1992 6 Champion, 1954; 1960; 1972
Flag of Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea 4 1988 2000 4 Quarter-finalist, 2000
Flag of England England 3 1975 2000 2 Runner-up, 1975; 1995
Flag of Wales Wales 3 1975 2000 2 Semi-finalist, 1995; 2000
Flag of Fiji Fiji 2 1995 2000 2 One win, 1995; 2000
Flag of Samoa Samoa 2 1995 2000 2 Quarter-finalist, 2000
Flag of South Africa South Africa 2 1995 2000 2 No games won
Flag of Tonga Tonga 2 1995 2000 2 One win, 2000
Flag of the Cook Islands Cook Islands 1 2000 2000 1 No games won
Ireland 1 2000 2000 1 Quarter-finalist, 2000
Flag of Lebanon Lebanon 1 2000 2000 1 No games won
New Zealand Māori 1 2000 2000 1 One win, 2000
Flag of Russia Russia 1 2000 2000 1 No games won
Flag of Scotland Scotland 1 2000 2000 1 No games won

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Awards

The top point scorer for each tournament is recognised with an official award by the Rugby League International Federation. In the debut tournament the highest point scorer was the France national rugby league team's Puig Aubert. The Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) is the world governing body for the sport of rugby league. ... The French national rugby league team are often nicknamed les chanteclairs, after the cockerel which is the emblem of the team or as les tricolores. ... Puig Aubert (born March 24, 1925 in Andernach, Germany – died June 3, 1994 in Carcassonne, France), was debatably the greatest French rugby league player of all-time[1] Over a sixteen year professional career he would play for Carcassonne, Les Catalans, Celtic de Paris and Castelnaudary winning five French championships...


Records and statistics

Overall top pointscorers

Points Scorers
269 Flag of Australia Michael Coyle
108 Flag of Australia Michael O'Connor
94 Flag of the United Kingdom/ Flag of England George Fairbairn

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Most appearances

Appearances Individual
25 Flag of New Zealand Kurt Sorenson
17 Flag of the United Kingdom/ Flag of England John Atkinson; Flag of Australia Bob Fulton
15 Flag of Australia Mal Meninga; Flag of Australia Michael O'Connor

Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... John Atkinson was an English rugby league player for Leeds Rugby League Football Club (now known as Leeds Rhinos) in the English Super League competition, his position of choice was on the left Wing. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Robert (Bob) Fulton AM (born 1947 in Warrington, England) is an English born Australian rugby league identity. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Australian national rugby league team captain Malcolm Norman Meninga AM (born on the 8th of July, 1960 in Bundaberg, Queensland) is an Australian rugby league identity. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Michael David OConnor (born in 1960, Nowra, New South Wales) was an Australian rugby league and rugby union player - a dual international. ...

World Cup winning captains and coaches

Year Captain Coach Team
1954 Dave Valentine Flag of the United Kingdom
1957 Dick Poole Dick Poole Flag of Australia
1960 Eric Ashton Flag of the United Kingdom
1968 Johnny Raper Harry Bath Flag of Australia
1970 Ron Coote Harry Bath Flag of Australia
1972 Clive Sullivan Jim Challinor Flag of the United Kingdom
1975 Arthur Beetson Graeme Langlands Flag of Australia
1977 Arthur Beetson Terry Fearnley Flag of Australia
1988 Wally Lewis Don Furner Flag of Australia
1992 Mal Meninga Bob Fulton Flag of Australia
1995 Brad Fittler Bob Fulton Flag of Australia
2000 Brad Fittler Chris Anderson Flag of Australia

Dave Valentine was an English Rugby League player for Huddersfield in the English domestic competition, his position of choice was at Loose forward. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... Australian national rugby league captain Herbert Richard Poole (born 1930 Sydney) is a former Australian rugby league player. ... Australian national rugby league captain Herbert Richard Poole (born 1930 Sydney) is a former Australian rugby league player. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Eric Ashton MBE is a former English rugby league player who played for Wigan RLFC. His position of choice was right centre three-qaurter // Born in 1935 in St. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... Johnny Raper was an Australian rugby league player. ... Harry Bath (born 1924) was an Australian Rugby League player. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Ron Coote was an Australian rugby league player for the South Sydney and Eastern Suburbs clubs. ... Harry Bath (born 1924) was an Australian Rugby League player. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Clive Sullivan (born in Cardiff) was a Welsh rugby league player, who played with both Hull FC and Hull Kingston Rovers in his career. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... Captain of the Australia national rugby league football team Arthur Henry Beetson OAM (born January 22, 1945 in Roma, Queensland) was a leading rugby league player for Queensland and Australia from 1964 to 1981. ... Graeme Changa Langlands was an Australian rugby league player. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Captain of the Australia national rugby league football team Arthur Henry Beetson OAM (born January 22, 1945 in Roma, Queensland) was a leading rugby league player for Queensland and Australia from 1964 to 1981. ... Terry Fearney was a rugby league player in the Australian competition the New South Wales Rugby League(NSWRL). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Captain of the Australia national rugby league football team Wally Lewis (born December 1, 1959 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia) is a former rugby league footballer who was one of the most pre-eminent players of the 1980s. ... Don Furner is the current general manager of the Canberra Raiders rugby league team. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Australian national rugby league team captain Malcolm Norman Meninga AM (born on the 8th of July, 1960 in Bundaberg, Queensland) is an Australian rugby league identity. ... Robert (Bob) Fulton AM (born 1947 in Warrington, England) is an English born Australian rugby league identity. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Bradley Scott Fittler AM (born 5 February, 1972 in Auburn, New South Wales) is a former Australian rugby league player and current coach of the Sydney Roosters. ... Robert (Bob) Fulton AM (born 1947 in Warrington, England) is an English born Australian rugby league identity. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Bradley Scott Fittler AM (born 5 February, 1972 in Auburn, New South Wales) is a former Australian rugby league player and current coach of the Sydney Roosters. ... Chris Anderson is a former rugby league winger who was recruited by Peter Moore from Forbes. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ...

Footnotes

  1. ^ http://home.nzcity.co.nz/news/default.asp?id=57321&c=w
  2. ^ http://leaguefreak.rlfans.com/readarticle.php?article_id=55

See also

The Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) is the world governing body for the sport of rugby league. ... The RLIF World Rankings is a ranking system for mens national teams in the sport of rugby league. ... This is a list of the mens national rugby league teams in the world. ... Since 1995, the rugby league authorities have held an Emerging Nations Tournament alongside the Rugby League World Cup. ... The European Nations Cup (formerly known as the European Championship) is a rugby league tournament for European nations. ... The Mediterranean Cup is an annual rugby league tournament held in Lebanon. ... The Pacific Cup is a rugby league competition for international teams from the pacific region. ... The Rugby League Tri-Nations (also known as the Gillette Tri-Nations for sponsorship reasons) is a rugby league tournament involving the top three nations in the sport: Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain. ...

External links

  • Official Rugby League World Cup Website
  • BBC website, History (1954-2000) retrieved 2 May, 2006
  • "RLIF Meeting", 2008 World Cup European Rugby League Federation, retrieved May 8, 2006
  • "Kiwi hangover after the hype", 2013 World Cup retrieved 8 May, 2006

Spelling edited by --Nathan.tang 05:02, 7 October 2007 (UTC) The following is a list of world cups and world championships, sporting events which use one of these two names, or one with a similar meaning. ... American Football World Cup is an international competition held every four years since 1999 to decide on a world champion of American football. ... The World Baseball Classic, sometimes abbreviated WBC, is an international baseball tournament, first held in March 2006. ... The FIBA World Championship (also called the Basketball World Championship) is a world basketball tournament for mens national teams held quadrennially by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). ... The Cricket World Cup is the premier international championship of mens One-Day International (ODI) cricket. ... The Ford World Curling Championship is an annual curling event which showcases the worlds best curlers. ... For the club competition, see FIFA Club World Cup. ... The FIFA Futsal World Championships (popularly, if incorrectly, referred to as the Futsal World Cup) are the international championships for futsal, the indoor version of soccer. ... The World Championship in team handball for men has been organized by the International Handball Federation since 1938. ... The Semi-Final of World Cup 2006 between Germany and Spain The Hockey World Cup, sometimes called the Hockey World Championships, is an international field hockey competition organised by the International Hockey Federation (FIH). ... The Ice Hockey World Championship is an annual event organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation. ... The International Lacrosse Federation (ILF) World Championship began as a four-team invitational tournament that coincided with Canadas centennial lacrosse celebration in 1967. ... For the rugby league competition, see Rugby League World Cup. ... 2006 Logo The Volleyball World Championship is a mens and womens volleyball competition. ... The FIS Alpine World Ski Championships are organized by the International Ski Federation (FIS). ... FINA World Championships or World Aquatics Championships are held every two years. ... The World Amateur Boxing Championships is the highest competition for boxing amateurs, organised by worlds governing body AIBA, which stands for the Association International de Boxe Amateur. ... The World Championships in Athletics is an event organized by the International Association of Athletics Federations. ... Official logo until 2006 The BWF World Championships (formerly known as IBF World Championships, also known as the World Badminton Championships) is a tournament organized by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) to crown the best badminton players in the world. ... The World Gymnastics Championships are held every year. ... The World Gymnastics Championships are held every year. ... World Judo Championships is the Judo World Championship organized by the International Judo Federation. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The World Table Tennis Championships are held since 1926, biennially since 1957. ... The great Australians Lew Hoad and Ken Rosewall with the Cup in 1953 The Davis Cup is the premier international team event in mens tennis. ... The Fed Cup (until 1995 Federation Cup) is the most important tennis tournament for female national teams, very similar to the mens Davis Cup. ...


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