1975 Rugby League World Cup
|Number of teams||5|
|Winner||Australia (4th title)|
|Attendance||204,476 (9,737 per match)|
|Points scored||661 (31.48 per match)|
|Top scorer||Mick Cronin (76)|
|Top try scorers|| Keith Fielding (7)
Ian Schubert (7)
The 1975 Rugby League World Championship (also referred to as the World Series) was the seventh ever tournament for the Rugby League World Cup. The format differed radically from that employed in previous competitions; no one country hosted the matches, which were spread out in a 'world series' hosted by each of the five participating nations over a period of just over eight months. Each team had to play the others on a 'home and away' basis. Great Britain were split up into separate England and Wales teams, taking advantage of a glut of Welsh talent in the British game at the time.
The Australian squad was captain-coached by Graeme Langlands. The Eastern Suburbs club, being current NSWRFL premiers were the most heavily represented team.
|Barry, KevinKevin Barry||Half Back||Auckland|
|Matete, PaulPaul Matete||1||Wing||Auckland|
|Beehre, LesLes Beehre||Hooker||Auckland|
|Brereton, MockyMocky Brereton||Back||West Coast|
|Ah Kuoi, FredFred Ah Kuoi||Three-quarter||Richmond||Auckland|
|Smith, JohnJohn Smith||Back||Auckland|
|Sorensen, KurtKurt Sorensen||Forward||Mt. Wellington||Auckland|
|Dickison, BruceBruce Dickison||Centre||Canterbury|
|Gordon, TonyTony Gordon||Backs||Auckland|
|Sorensen, DaneDane Sorensen||Forward||Mt. Wellington||Auckland|
|Baxendale, RayRay Baxendale||Second Row||West Coast|
|Greengrass, JohnJohn Greengrass||Prop||Canterbury|
|Whittaker, JohnJohn Whittaker||Back||Wellington|
|Orchard, PhillipPhillip Orchard||Wing||Wellington|
|Williams, DennisDennis Williams||Back||Te Atatu||Auckland|
|Eade, MurrayMurray Eade (vc)||Loose Forward||Auckland|
|O'Sullivan, JohnJohn O'Sullivan||Back||Auckland|
|Dyer, BarrieBarrie Dyer||Utility||Auckland|
|Collicoat, WarrenWarren Collicoat||Back||Auckland|
|Gurnick, PeterPeter Gurnick||Forward||Auckland|
|Coll, TonyTony Coll||Second Row||West Coast|
|Stirling, KenKen Stirling (c)||Back||Auckland|
|Potter, KevinKevin Potter||Centre||Auckland|
|Proctor, LyndsayLyndsay Proctor||Forward||Auckland|
|Jarvis, BobBob Jarvis||Back||Auckland|
|Munro, DonDon Munro||Back||Wellington|
|Conroy, TomTom Conroy||Hooker||Auckland|
|Wright, MurrayMurray Wright||Hooker||Auckland|
|Liavaa, JoshJosh Liavaa||Second Row||Auckland|
|Wright, JohnJohn Wright||Prop||Auckland|
|West, GraemeGraeme West||Forward||West Coast|
|Hibbs, JohnJohn Hibbs||Forward||West Coast|
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Referee: Francois Escande
In this match Mick Cronin kicked nine goals.
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Referee: John Percival
England winger Keith Fielding created a new record by scoring four tries against a hapless French team at Bordeaux.
Kangaroo wing prodigy Ian Schubert also scored a hat-trick tries.
English stand-off Ken Gill ran in three tries.
In this match Jim Mills, the Wales prop, was banned for the rest of the season after an altercation. The ban was eventually lifted on 2 January 1976.
Final challenge match
As Australia had not beaten England to win the cup, a final challenge was hastily arranged. The Kangaroos showed they were worthy World Champions with a comprehensive 25–0 win at Headingley in front of a disappointing crowd of 7,680.
- Clarkson, Alan (10 June 1974). "Fulton battles injury". The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia). Retrieved 11 February 2010.[dead link]
- Paddy McAteer (22 December 2010) "Whole World in their Hands" North West Evening Mail
- "World Cup 1975" at 188-rugby-league.co.uk
- Raymond Fletcher; David Howes (1995). Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1995–1996. London: Headline Book Publishing. pp. 429–430. ISBN 0-7472-7817-2.
- Clarkson, Alan (10 June 1974). "We'll take them apart". The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia). Retrieved 11 February 2010.[dead link]