2013 Rugby League World Cup

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2013 (2013) World Cup  ()
2013 RLWC
Number of teams 14[1]
Host countries  England
 Wales
 France
 Ireland
Winner  Australia (10th title)

Matches played 28
Attendance 458,483 (16,374 per match)
Top scorer New Zealand Shaun Johnson (76)
Top try scorer

Australia Brett Morris,

Jarryd Hayne (9)
 < 2008
2017
The World Cup's Opening Ceremony. (Video)

The 2013 Rugby League World Cup took place in England, Wales, France and Ireland.[2][3][4][5] between 26 October and 30 November 2013. It was the main event out of the year's Festival of World Cups. Fourteen teams contested the tournament: Australia, England, New Zealand, Samoa, Wales, Fiji, France, Papua New Guinea, Ireland, Scotland, Tonga, Cook Islands, Italy and the United States, the last two for the first time.[6]

New Zealand were the defending champions, having defeated Australia in 2008. Australia won the tournament, beating New Zealand 34–2 in the final to lift the Rugby League World Cup for the tenth time.[7][8]

In terms of attendance, exposure and revenue, Rugby League World Cup 2013 is considered the most successful Rugby League World Cup of all time.[9]

Organisation[edit]

Background[edit]

The Rugby League International Federation has confirmed this competition as a part of its international programme. The RLIF announced a five-year plan to build up to the 2013 World Cup with the Four Nations tournament to be held in 2009, 2010 and 2011. It is hoped that more regular international competition will help develop the game. The competition was part of the UK's "Golden Decade of Sport".[10] 2013 was chosen as the year of the World Cup to avoid a clash with the London Olympics in 2012.[11] After 2013, the Cup will be held on a quadrennial cycle.

Host selection[edit]

In addition to the United Kingdom, Australia announced its intention to bid for the hosting rights, despite hosting the previous World Cup in 2008.[12] The Australian Rugby League had been preparing a rival bid due to the success of the 2008 event but the business plan presented by the Rugby Football League for the UK to be the host was accepted by the RLIF at a meeting in July 2009.[11][13] The event forms part of what is being dubbed a 'Golden Decade' in British Sport.[2]

The UK last hosted the World Cup in 2000, with the event generally being considered unsuccessful.[11]

Prince Charles welcomed representatives of all 14 nations and tournament organisers with a reception at Clarence House.[14]

Qualification[edit]

There were two qualifying pools for the remaining two World Cup places; a European and an Atlantic pool, with one side from each to qualify.

The European Qualifying group involved Italy, Lebanon, Russia and Serbia while the Atlantic Qualifying group involved Jamaica, South Africa and the USA.[15] In the Atlantic Qualifiers the United States and Jamaica defeated South Africa in the opening rounds leaving the final match between the two to determine who qualified for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. United States defeated Jamaica to qualify for their first ever Rugby League World Cup.[16]

Teams[edit]

The competition featured fourteen teams, compared to ten in 2008.[1] Originally around twenty teams were to be involved in qualification,[17] but subsequently the total number of teams involved in the tournament was fixed at nineteen. Twelve nations automatically qualified; the ten nations that contested the previous World Cup, Wales as winners of the 2009 European Nations Cup[18] and the Cook Islands as runners up in the 2009 Pacific Cup.[19]

Team Nickname Coach Captain RLIF rank
 Australia (14th appearance) The Kangaroos Tim Sheens Cameron Smith 1
 Cook Islands (2nd appearance) The Kukis David Fairleigh Zeb Taia 18
 England (5th appearance) The Wall of White Steve McNamara Kevin Sinfield 3
 Fiji (4th appearance) The Bati Rick Stone Petero Civoniceva 7
 France (14th appearance) Les Chanticleers Richard Agar Olivier Elima 4
 Ireland (3rd appearance) The Wolfhounds Mark Aston Liam Finn 9
 Italy (1st appearance) The Azzurri Carlo Napolitano Anthony Minichiello 13
 New Zealand (14th appearance) The Kiwis Stephen Kearney Simon Mannering 2
 Papua New Guinea (6th appearance) The Kumuls Adrian Lam Neville Costigan 6
 Samoa (4th appearance) Toa Samoa Matt Parish Harrison Hansen 8
 Scotland (3rd appearance) The Bravehearts Steve McCormack Danny Brough 11
 Tonga (4th appearance) Mate Ma'a Tonga Charlie Tonga Brent Kite 10
 United States (1st appearance) The Tomahawks Terry Matterson Joseph Paulo 12
 Wales (4th appearance) The Dragons Iestyn Harris Craig Kopczak 5

Match officials[edit]

Rules and officiating panel: Daniel Anderson, Stuart Cummings and David Waite.[20]

Venues[edit]

The games were played at various venues in England, Wales, Ireland, and France.

Group stage venues[edit]

Matches were subject to a bidding process run by the Rugby Football League.

The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff was the host stadium for the opening ceremony and a double header featuring hosts England and Wales.[19]

Cardiff Limerick Hull Huddersfield Leeds Avignon
Millennium Stadium Thomond Park[22] KC Stadium John Smith's Stadium Headingley Parc des Sports
Capacity: 74,500 Capacity: 26,500 Capacity: 25,586 Capacity: 24,500 Capacity: 21,062 Capacity: 18,000
Millennium Stadium Reflected.jpg Thomond Park.jpg KC Stadium before Hull v Burnley.jpg Huddersfield 002.jpg Headingley Carnegie.jpg Stade Avignon.JPG
St Helens Warrington Halifax Perpignan Bristol Salford
Langtree Park Halliwell Jones Stadium[23] The Shay Stade Gilbert Brutus Memorial Stadium Salford City Stadium
Capacity: 18,000 Capacity: 15,200 Capacity: 14,061 Capacity: 13,000 Capacity: 12,100 Capacity: 12,000
Langtree Park 3.jpg Halliwell Jones Stadium - geograph.org.uk - 1305630.jpg The Shay.jpg Tribune Guasch Laborde.JPG Uplands StandBRFC.JPG Salford City Stadium - geograph.org.uk - 2865260.jpg
Leigh Wrexham Rochdale Hull Workington Neath
Leigh Sports Village Racecourse Ground Spotland Craven Park Derwent Park[24] The Gnoll
Capacity: 11,000 Capacity: 10,500 Capacity: 10,249 Capacity: 10,000 Capacity: 10,000 Capacity: 5,000
LeighStadium-May2008.jpg Wrexham FC.jpg Spotland1.png Craven Park - geograph-710492-by-Peter-Church.jpg Scotland v Italy 2013 RLWC (Derwent Park 3).jpg The Gnoll - Neath RFC - geograph-2277123.jpg

Knock-out stage venues[edit]

Headingley in Leeds, the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington, the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham and the DW Stadium in Wigan hosted the quarter-finals. Both semi-finals were hosted at Wembley Stadium, with the final held at Old Trafford.

London Manchester Wigan
Wembley Old Trafford DW Stadium
Capacity: 90,000 Capacity: 76,212 Capacity: 25,133
Wembley Stadium interior.jpg View of Old Trafford from East Stand.jpg Warm up at the DW Stadium, Wigan - geograph.org.uk - 2012508.jpg

Matches[edit]

The match schedule was announced on 22 March 2012.[25] The Rugby League International Federation announced the kickoff times of the matches, with the opening kickoff to be held on 26 October in Cardiff, at 14:30 local time. The group stage matches will be played at 14:00, 14:30, 16:00, 16:30, 18:00, and 20:00 local time, with knockout stage matches at 13:00, 15:00, and 20:00 local time. The semi-finals will be played at 13:00 and 15:30 local time and the final, on 30 November 2013 at the Old Trafford stadium, at 14:30 local time.

All times listed below are in Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0) for English and Welsh venues. Central European Time for French venues and Western European Time for Irish venues.

Group stage[edit]

The draw, undertaken at the launch of the event in Manchester on 30 November 2010, involved four groups[19] The first two groups are made up of four teams whilst the other two groups feature three teams each. There will be a quarter-final round made up of the first three teams in the first two groups and the winners of each of the smaller groups. Group play will involve a round robin in the larger groups, and a round robin in the smaller groups with an additional inter-group game for each team so all teams will play three group games.[19]

Key to colours in group tables
Advances to knockout stage

Group A[edit]

England vs. Ireland, at the Johns Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield. England won 42-0
Team
Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− Pts
 Australia 3 3 0 0 20 112 22 +90 6
 England 3 2 0 1 18 96 40 +56 4
 Fiji 3 1 0 2 8 46 82 –36 2
 Ireland 3 0 0 3 3 14 124 –110 0
26 October 2013
Australia  28–20  England
Video
28 October 2013
Fiji  32–14  Ireland
Video
Spotland, Rochdale
2 November 2013
England  42–0  Ireland
Video
John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield
2 November 2013
Australia  34–2  Fiji
Video
Langtree Park, St Helens
9 November 2013
England  34–12  Fiji
Video
9 November 2013
Australia  50–0  Ireland
Video
Thomond Park, Limerick

Group B[edit]

France vs New Zealand at Parc des Sports, Avignon. New Zealand won 48–0.
Team
Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− Pts
 New Zealand 3 3 0 0 26 146 34 +112 6
 Samoa 3 2 0 1 14 84 52 +32 4
 France 3 1 0 2 2 15 78 –63 2
 Papua New Guinea 3 0 0 3 5 22 103 –81 0
27 October 2013
Papua New Guinea  8–9  France
Video
27 October 2013
New Zealand  42–24  Samoa
Video
1 November 2013
New Zealand  48–0  France
Video
4 November 2013
Papua New Guinea  4–38  Samoa
Video
8 November 2013
New Zealand  56–10  Papua New Guinea
Video
Headingley, Leeds
11 November 2013
France  6–22  Samoa
Video


Scotland vs. Italy at Derwent Park, Workington. The game finished 30–30.

Group C[edit]

Team
Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− Pts
 Scotland 3 2 1 0 13 78 62 +16 5
 Tonga 3 2 0 1 12 62 42 +20 4
 Italy 3 1 1 1 11 62 62 0 3
29 October 2013
Tonga  24–26  Scotland
Video
Derwent Park, Workington
3 November 2013
Scotland  30–30  Italy
Video
Derwent Park, Workington
10 November 2013
Tonga  16–0  Italy
Video
The Shay, Halifax
Wales vs. Cook Islands at 'The Gnoll', Neath. The Cook Islands won 28–24.

Group D[edit]

Team
Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− Pts
 United States 3 2 0 1 13 64 58 +6 4
 Cook Islands 3 1 0 2 12 64 78 –14 2
 Wales 3 0 0 3 11 56 84 –28 0
30 October 2013
United States  32–20  Cook Islands
Video
3 November 2013
Wales  16–24  United States
Video
10 November 2013
Wales  24–28  Cook Islands
Video
The Gnoll, Neath

Inter-group[edit]

Tonga vs Cook Islands at the Leigh Sports Village, Leigh. Tonga won 22–16.
26 October 2013
Wales  16–32  Italy
Video
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Referee/s: Ashley Klein
5 November 2013
Tonga  22–16  Cook Islands
Video
Leigh Sports Village, Leigh
Attendance: 10,544
Referee/s: Ashley Klein
7 November 2013
Scotland  22–8  United States
AJ Bell Stadium, Eccles
Attendance: 6,041
Referee/s: Thierry Alibert

Knockout stage[edit]

Quarter-final No. 3 England vs. France at the DW Stadium, Wigan. England won 34–6
Quarter-final No. 4 Samoa vs. Fiji at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, Wariington. Fiji won 22–4

Quarter-finals will follow the group stage, with three teams from each of Groups A and B and one team from each of Groups C and D qualifying.

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                 
A1  Australia 62
D1  United States 0
A1  Australia 64
A3  Fiji 0
B2  Samoa 4
A3  Fiji 22
A1  Australia 34
B1  New Zealand 2
A2  England 34
B3  France 6
A2  England 18
B1  New Zealand 20
B1  New Zealand 40
C1  Scotland 4

Quarter-finals[edit]

15 November 2013
New Zealand  40–4  Scotland
Video
Headingley, Leeds
Attendance: 16,207
Referee/s: Ben Cummins
16 November 2013
Australia  62–0  United States
Video
Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
Attendance: 5,762
Referee/s: Henry Perenara
16 November 2013
England  34–6  France
Video
DW Stadium, Wigan
Attendance: 22,276
Referee/s: Ashley Klein
17 November 2013
Samoa  4–22  Fiji
Video
Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington
Attendance: 12,766
Referee/s: Richard Silverwood

Semi-finals[edit]

23 November 2013
England  18–20  New Zealand
Video
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 67,575
Referee/s: Ben Cummins
23 November 2013
Australia  64–0  Fiji
Video
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 67,575
Referee/s: Richard Silverwood

Final[edit]

30 November 2013
14:30
New Zealand  2–34 Australia 
Goal: Johnson (1/1) 16' Report, Video Try: Slater (2) 19' c, 41' c
Cronk 30' c
B. Morris (2) 52' c, 72' c
Goal: Thurston (7/7) 4', 19', 30', 35', 41', 52', 72'
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 74,468[26]
Referee/s: Richard Silverwood (England)
Man of the Match: Johnathan Thurston

Try scorers[edit]

9
8
5
4
3
2
1

Attendances[edit]

Seven grounds achieved sell-out crowds, with four setting stadium records. Games held in both Wales and Ireland were watched by the biggest crowds ever for rugby league internationals in those countries.[27] The final was played in front of the largest crowd ever to attend an international rugby league fixture.[28]

Date Match Venue Location Attendance
26 October 2013 Australia  vs  England Millennium Stadium Cardiff 45,052
26 October 2013 Wales  vs  Italy Millennium Stadium Cardiff 45,052
27 October 2013 Papua New Guinea  vs  France Craven Park Hull 7,481
27 October 2013 New Zealand  vs  Samoa Halliwell Jones Stadium Warrington 14,965
28 October 2013 Fiji  vs  Ireland Spotland Rochdale 8,872
29 October 2013 Tonga  vs  Scotland Derwent Park Workington 7,630
30 October 2013 United States  vs  Cook Islands Memorial Stadium Bristol 7,247
1 November 2013 New Zealand  vs  France Parc des Sports Avignon 17,158
2 November 2013 England  vs  Ireland John Smith's Stadium Huddersfield 24,375
2 November 2013 Australia  vs  Fiji Langtree Park St Helens 14,137
3 November 2013 Wales  vs  United States Racecourse Ground Wrexham 8,019
3 November 2013 Scotland  vs  Italy Derwent Park Workington 7,280[29]
4 November 2013 Papua New Guinea  vs  Samoa Craven Park Hull 6,871
5 November 2013 Tonga  vs  Cook Islands Leigh Sports Village Leigh 10,554
7 November 2013 Scotland  vs  United States AJ Bell Stadium Eccles 6,041
8 November 2013 New Zealand  vs  Papua New Guinea Headingley Leeds 18,180
9 November 2013 England  vs  Fiji KC Stadium Hull 25,114
9 November 2013 Australia  vs  Ireland Thomond Park Limerick 5,021
10 November 2013 Wales  vs  Cook Islands The Gnoll Neath 3,720
10 November 2013 Tonga  vs  Italy The Shay Halifax 10,226
11 November 2013 France  vs  Samoa Stade Gilbert Brutus Perpignan 11,576
15 November 2013 New Zealand  vs  Scotland Headingley Leeds 16,207
16 November 2013 Australia  vs  United States Racecourse Ground Wrexham 5,762
16 November 2013 England  vs  France DW Stadium Wigan 22,276
17 November 2013 Samoa  vs  Fiji Halliwell Jones Stadium Warrington 12,776
23 November 2013 New Zealand  vs  England Wembley London 67,545
23 November 2013 Australia  vs  Fiji Wembley London 67,545
30 November 2013 Australia  vs  New Zealand Old Trafford Manchester 74,468

Pre-tournament matches[edit]

Before the World Cup it was announced that USA would face France in Toulouse,[30] Scotland would play Papua New Guinea at Featherstone,[31] England would play Italy at Salford,[32] New Zealand would play the Cook Islands in Doncaster[33] and England Knights would play Samoa at Salford.[34]

18 October 2013
United States  22–18  France
19 October 2013
Fiji  78–0 Rochdale colours.svg Rochdale Hornets
19 October 2013
England  14–15  Italy
19 October 2013
England Knights 52–16  Samoa
19 October 2013
Papua New Guinea  38–20  Scotland
Post Office Road, Featherstone[35]
20 October 2013
New Zealand  50–0  Cook Islands
Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster

Broadcasting[edit]

In the United Kingdom the tournament was shown on the BBC and Premier Sports. The deal saw the BBC covering a minimum of seven matches, three of which were England pool matches, one quarter-final, one semi-final and the final. Premier Sports showed all 28 matches, with 21 matches exclusive to the channel, including all Australia matches apart from England versus Australia, all New Zealand matches, three quarter-finals and one semi-final. The BBC could have covered any other matches that were not exclusive to Premier Sports but only selected to do this for the opening Wales game against Italy. Under this deal the BBC will also cover some of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, 2014 Four Nations and 2016 Four Nations.

In Australia, Seven Network won the rights to broadcast the World Cup across all platforms, and showed all games live on 7 mate.[36] In New Zealand, every match was shown live on Sky Sport,[37] while the tournament was covered in Papua New Guinea by EM TV.[38] The tournament was broadcast in Ireland on Setanta Sports 1.[39] French TV coverage was handled by beIN Sport, while all matches were broadcast in North Africa and the Middle East by OSN.[40][41]

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