2013 Rugby League World Cup qualifying

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Of the fourteen teams that would participate in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, only two were not automatic inclusions, so must win qualifying matches to enter the tournament, which was held in Wales and England.[1] Originally around twenty teams were to be involved in qualification for the tournament,[2] but this was eventually fixed at nineteen.

Qualified teams[edit]

Pacific

Seven teams from the Pacific qualified for the World Cup. All of these teams were granted automatic qualification.

Europe

Six teams from Europe qualified; five teams automatically, with the sixth going to Italy, the winner of the European qualifying group.

  •  England (automatic qualifier and co-host)
  •  Wales (automatic qualifier and co-host)
  •  France (automatic qualifier)
  •  Ireland (automatic qualifier)
  •  Scotland (automatic qualifier)
  •  Italy (Winner of the European qualifying group)
Atlantic

One team from the Atlantic region qualified for the World Cup.

Atlantic[edit]

The Atlantic qualifying group involved the USA, Jamaica and South Africa. The Atlantic qualifiers were held at Campbell's Field, New Jersey.[3] USA won the group and qualified for the World Cup.[4][5]

Team Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
 United States 2 2 0 0 0 80 8 +72 0 4
 Jamaica 2 1 0 1 0 24 46 −22 0 2
 South Africa 2 0 0 2 0 10 60 −50 0 0
15 October 2011 United States  40–4  South Africa Campbell's Field, New Jersey
19 October 2011 South Africa  6–20  Jamaica Campbell's Field, New Jersey
23 October 2011 Jamaica  4–40  United States Campbell's Field, New Jersey

Europe[edit]

The European qualifying group involved Russia, Italy, Serbia and Lebanon.[6] Both Italy and Lebanon remained unbeaten, recording two wins and a draw each. However, Italy topped the group as a result of points difference and therefore qualified for the World Cup.[4]

Team Pld W D L PF PA +/− Pts
 Italy 3 2 1 0 163 31 +132 5
 Lebanon 3 2 1 0 147 23 +124 5
 Russia 3 1 0 2 42 152 −110 2
 Serbia 3 0 0 3 38 184 −146 0
15 October 2011 Italy  92–6  Russia Stadio Plebiscito, Padova
16 October 2011 Lebanon  96–4  Serbia International Olympic Stadium, Tripoli
22 October 2011 Russia  0–32  Lebanon Vereya Stadium, Vereya
23 October 2011 Serbia  6–52  Italy Makiš Stadium, Belgrade
29 October 2011 Serbia  28–36  Russia Makiš Stadium, Belgrade
29 October 2011 Italy  19–19  Lebanon Makiš Stadium, Belgrade

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rugby League World Cup to expand". BBC News. 23 February 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2010. 
  2. ^ 20 nations to vie for league World Cup AAP, 23 February 2010
  3. ^ Venue announced for 2013 World Cup Atlantic Qualifiers rleague.com, 4 August 2011
  4. ^ a b 2013 World Cup format revealed lasttackle.com, 30 November 2010
  5. ^ 2013 World Cup Atlantic Qualifiers rleague.com, 27 April 2011
  6. ^ 2013 World Cup European Zone Qualifying Dates rleague.com, 20 March 2011

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