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

The 2013 Rugby League World Cup was the fourteenth staging of the Rugby League World Cup and took place in England, Wales, France and Ireland.[2][3][4][5] between 26 October and 30 November 2013.

It was the main event 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 latter two were competing in the Rugby League World Cup for the very 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 to date.[9]

Organisation[edit]

Representatives of the game with the trophy at Leeds Central Library.

Background[edit]

The Rugby League International Federation confirmed this competition as a part of its international program. The RLIF announced a five-year plan to build up to the 2013 World Cup with Four Nations tournaments held in 2009, 2010 and 2011. 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]

Pre-tournament matches[edit]

Before the World Cup it was announced that USA would face France in Toulouse,[22] Scotland would play Papua New Guinea at Featherstone,[23] England would play Italy at Salford,[24] New Zealand would play the Cook Islands in Doncaster[25] and England Knights would play Samoa at Salford.[26]

18 October 2013 France  18–22  United States Stade des Minimes, Toulouse
19 October 2013 Rochdale Hornets Rochdale colours.svg 0–78  Fiji Spotland Stadium, Rochdale
19 October 2013 England  14–15  Italy AJ Bell Stadium, Eccles[27]
19 October 2013 England Knights 52–16  Samoa AJ Bell Stadium, Eccles[28]
19 October 2013 Papua New Guinea  38–20  Scotland Post Office Road, Featherstone[29]
20 October 2013 New Zealand  50–0  Cook Islands Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster[30]

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 playing Australia and Wales taking on Italy.[19] The decision to play England vs Australia in Cardiff to open the tournament drew criticism from some in the press who believed that the game should have been played in England where a higher attendance could be expected, or at least a full house which would have looked better than the almost half empty Millennium Stadium.[31]

Cardiff (Wales) Limerick (Ireland) Hull Huddersfield Leeds Avignon (France)
Millennium Stadium Thomond Park[32] 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: 17,518
Millennium Stadium inside.jpg Thomond Park.jpg KC Stadium before Hull v Burnley.jpg Galpharm Stadium - geograph.org.uk - 312658.jpg Headingley Carnegie.jpg Stade Avignon.JPG
St Helens Warrington Halifax Perpignan (France) Bristol Salford
Langtree Park Halliwell Jones Stadium[33] 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 Samoa v Fiji 2013 RLWC (1).jpg The Shay.jpg Tribune Guasch Laborde.JPG Uplands StandBRFC.JPG Salford City Stadium - geograph.org.uk - 2865260.jpg
Leigh Wrexham (Wales) Rochdale Hull Workington Neath (Wales)
Leigh Sports Village Racecourse Ground Spotland Craven Park Derwent Park[34] 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 2015 RWC.jpg View of Old Trafford from East Stand.jpg England v France 2013 RLWC (1).jpg

Match summary[edit]

The match schedule was announced on 22 March 2012.[35] 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.

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 John 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 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
28 October 2013 Fiji  32–14  Ireland Spotland Stadium, Rochdale
2 November 2013 England  42–0  Ireland John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield
2 November 2013 Australia  34–2  Fiji Langtree Park, St Helens
9 November 2013 England  34–12  Fiji KC Stadium, Hull
9 November 2013 Australia  50–0  Ireland 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 Craven Park, Hull
27 October 2013 New Zealand  42–24  Samoa Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington
1 November 2013 New Zealand  48–0  France Parc des Sports, Avignon
4 November 2013 Papua New Guinea  4–38  Samoa Craven Park, Hull
8 November 2013 New Zealand  56–10  Papua New Guinea Headingley, Leeds
11 November 2013 France  6–22  Samoa Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan
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 Derwent Park, Workington
3 November 2013 Scotland  30–30  Italy Derwent Park, Workington
10 November 2013 Tonga  16–0  Italy 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 Memorial Stadium, Bristol
3 November 2013 Wales  16–24  United States Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
10 November 2013 Wales  24–28  Cook Islands The Gnoll, Neath

Inter-group matches[edit]

26 October 2013 Wales  16–32  Italy Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
5 November 2013 Tonga  22–16  Cook Islands Leigh Sports Village, Leigh
7 November 2013 Scotland  22–8  United States AJ Bell Stadium, Eccles

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.

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

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
20:00
New Zealand  40–4  Scotland
Try: Goodwin (2) 8' m, 71' m
Bromwich 15' c
Tuivasa-Sheck (2) 20' m, 50' c
Pritchard 27' c
Johnson 30' c
Vatuvei 58' m
Goal: Johnson (4/8) 17, 28', 31', 51'
Report Try: Hurst 67' m
Goal: Brough (0/1)
Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds
Attendance: 16,207
Referee/s: Ben Cummins (Australia)
Man of the Match: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (New Zealand)

16 November 2013
13:00
Australia  62–0  United States
Try: Hayne (4) 3' m, 57' c, 70' c, 79' c
Inglis (2) 11' c, 50' c
Morris (4) 21' m, 26' m, 35' m, 39' m
Smith 23' c
Cronk 28' c
Goal: Thurston (7/12) 12', 23', 28', 50', 57', 70', 79'
Report
The Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
Attendance: 5,762
Referee/s: Henry Perenara (New Zealand)
Man of the Match: Brett Morris

16 November 2013
20:00
England  34–6  France
Try: Charnley (2) 11' c, 25' m
Hall (2) 18' c, 28' c
O'Loughlin 47' c
Ferres 77' c
Goal: Sinfield (5/6) 11', 18', 28', 47', 77'
Report Duport 5' c
Goal: Bosc (1/1) 5'
DW Stadium, Wigan
Attendance: 22,276
Referee/s: Ashley Klein (Australia)
Man of the Match: Sam Tomkins

17 November 2013
15:00
Samoa  4–22  Fiji
Try: Winterstein 58' m Report Try: Groom 5' c
W. Naiqama 32' c
Roqica 78' c
Goal: W. Naiqama (5/5) 5', 8', 32', 71', 78'
Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington
Attendance: 12,766
Referee/s: Richard Silverwood (England)
Man of the Match: Aaron Groom

Semi-finals[edit]

23 November 2013
13:00
New Zealand  20–18  England
Try: Tuivasa-Sheck (2) 31' c, 44' m
Johnson 80' c
Goal: Johnson (4/5) 33', 38', 53' 80'
Report Try: O'Loughlin 16' c
Watkins 58' m
S. Burgess 67' c
Goal: Sinfield (3/4) 17', 25', 68'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 67,545
Referee/s: Ben Cummins (Australia)
Man of the Match: Sam Burgess

23 November 2013
15:30
Australia  64–0  Fiji
Try: Thurston 9' c
Darius Boyd (2) 15' m, 59' c
Cronk 19' c
Hayne (3) 22' c, 37' c, 68' c
Papalii 35'c
Tamou 53' c
Morris 72' c
Fifita 79' c
Goal: Thurston (10/11) 10', 20', 23', 36', 39', 55', 60', 69', 73', 80'
Report
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 67,545
Referee/s: Richard Silverwood (England)
Man of the Match: Johnathan Thurston

Final[edit]

30 November 2013
14:30
New Zealand  2–34  Australia
Tries:



Goals:
Shaun Johnson (1/1) 16'
Report Tries:
Billy Slater (2) 19' c, 41' c
Cooper Cronk 30' c
Brett Morris (2) 52' c, 72' c
Goals:
Johnathan Thurston (7/7) 4', 19', 30', 35', 41', 52', 72'
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 74,468[36]
Referee/s: Richard Silverwood England
Man of the Match: Johnathan Thurston Australian colours.svg

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.[37] The final was played in front of the largest crowd ever to attend an international rugby league fixture.[38]

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[39]
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

Broadcasting[edit]

Country Channel televising all matches
 Australia 7mate[40]
 France beIN Sport[41]
 Ireland Setanta Sports 1[42]
North Africa and the Middle East OSN[43]
 New Zealand Sky Sport[44]
 Papua New Guinea EM TV[45]
 United Kingdom Premier Sports*

* The BBC and Premier Sports jointly televised seven live matches with the remaining twenty one live matches exclusive to Premier Sports. The jointly live matches were England’s Group A matches (BBC One), an inter-group match between Wales and Italy and a quarter final (both on BBC Two), a semi final and the final (both on BBC One). The jointly televised quarter final and semi final involved England. England’s first Group A match against Australia was not televised in Cambridgeshire and the South East while England’s second Group A match against Ireland was not televised in the East Midlands, Wales, West and the West Midlands while England’s final Group A match against Fiji was not televised in Scotland and Scotland HD.

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