2017 Rugby League World Cup

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2017 (2017) World Cup  ()
2017 Rugby League World Cup logo.svg
Number of teams14 (22 qualifying)
Host countries Australia
 New Zealand
 Papua New Guinea
Winner Australia (11th title)

Matches played28
Attendance382,080 (13,646 per match)
Points scored1264 (45.14 per match)
Tries scored230 (8.21 per match)
Top scorerAustralia Cameron Smith (50)
Top try scorerAustralia Valentine Holmes (12)
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The 2017 Rugby League World Cup was the fifteenth staging of the Rugby League World Cup tournament and took place in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea between 27 October and 2 December 2017.[1] The tournament featured the national teams of 14 Rugby League International Federation member countries who qualified through either standing in the previous tournament or a series of qualification play-off matches. In the final, defending champions Australia, playing in their 14th consecutive final, defeated England at Brisbane's Lang Park.

Host selection[edit]

At the 2010 Rugby League International Federation executive meeting, the New Zealand Rugby League made an early submission to co-host the 2017 tournament with Australia.[2] The Rugby League World Cup was last held in Australia in 2008.[3]

Two formal bids were subsequently received by the RLIF before a November 2012 deadline; the co-host bid from Australia and New Zealand and a bid from South Africa.[4][5][6] On 19 February 2014, it was announced that the joint bid from Australia and New Zealand had won hosting rights.[7]

Michael Brown, the CEO of several big name Australian sporting franchises and the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, was originally appointed CEO of the World Cup in 2015, but resigned less than a year later due to 'workload' and 'homesickness'.[8] He was replaced by Andrew Hill.[9]

Qualification[edit]

It was announced on 3 August 2014 that 7 of the 8 quarter-finalists from the last World Cup would qualify automatically for the 2017 tournament; hosts Australia and New Zealand, plus England, Fiji, France, Samoa and Scotland. The USA, who were also 2013 quarter-finalists, were denied automatic qualification after a long-running internal governance dispute saw their RLIF membership temporarily suspended in 2014; later, once the matter was resolved, they were accepted into the qualification process. Papua New Guinea were initially set to be involved in the qualifying competition but were later granted automatic qualification, due to becoming co-hosts of the tournament. In addition to the eight automatic qualifiers, the remaining six spots will come from four different qualification zones; three from Europe, one from Asia/Pacific, one from Americas and one from Middle East/Africa.[10]

Tonga were the first team to qualify from the qualification stage after winning the Asian-Pacific play-off. Lebanon were the second team to qualify from the qualification stage, after winning the Middle East-African play-off. The USA were the third team to qualify, winning the Americas qualification group.

Teams[edit]

Team Captain Coach RLIF
rank
Previous appearances Previous
Best World Cup Result
Qualification
 Australia Cameron Smith Australia Mal Meninga 1 14 (list) Winners (10 times) Co-hosts
 England Sean O'Loughlin Australia Wayne Bennett 3 5 (1975, 1995, 2000, 2008, 2013) Runners-up (1975, 1995); Winners (as part of Great Britain) 3 times 2013 semi-finalists
 Fiji Kevin Naiqama Australia Mick Potter 7 4 (1995, 2000, 2008, 2013) Semi-finals (2008, 2013) 2013 semi-finalists
 France Théo Fages France Aurélien Cologni 6 14 (list) Runners-up (1954, 1968) 2013 quarter-finalists
 Ireland Liam Finn England Mark Aston 8 3 (2000, 2008, 2013) Quarter-finals (2000, 2008); Winners (as part of Great Britain) 3 times European qualifying group 2 winner
 Italy Mark Minichiello AustraliaItaly Cameron Ciraldo 12 1 (2013) Group stage (2013) European qualifying play-off winner
 Lebanon Robbie Farah Australia Brad Fittler 18 1 (2000) Group Stage (2000) Middle East-Africa play-off winner
 New Zealand Adam Blair New Zealand David Kidwell 2 14 (list) Winners (2008) Co-hosts
 Papua New Guinea David Mead Papua New Guinea Michael Marum 16 6 (list) Quarter-finals (2000) Co-hosts
 Samoa Frank Pritchard Australia Matt Parish 5 4 (1995, 2000, 2008, 2013, 2017) Quarter-finals (2000, 2013) 2013 quarter-finalists
 Scotland Danny Brough England Steve McCormack 4 3 (2000, 2008, 2013) Quarter-finals (2013); Winners (as part of Great Britain) 3 times 2013 quarter-finalists
 Tonga Sika Manu Australia Kristian Woolf 11 4 (1995, 2000, 2008, 2013) Group Stage (1995, 2000, 2008, 2013) Asia-Pacific play-off winner
 United States Mark Offerdahl England Brian McDermott 10 1 (2013) Quarter-finals (2013) Americas qualifying group winner
 Wales Craig Kopczak England John Kear 9 4 (1975, 1995, 2000, 2013) Semi-finals (1995, 2000); Winners (as part of Great Britain) 3 times European qualifying group 1 winner

Match officials[edit]

The match officials will be headed by Tony Archer and three coaches: Steve Ganson, Russell Smith and Luke Watts.[11]

Pre-tournament matches[edit]

Before the World Cup it was announced that France would face Jamaica in Perpignan,[12] England would take on the Combined Affiliated States in Perth,[13] Lebanon would take on Niue in Leichhardt,[14] and Australia, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea would compete in a tri-series in Suva, with each game lasting 40 minutes.[15] The Australian Combined Affiliated States team will be composed of players from the Northern Territory, South Australian, Victorian and Western Australian state rugby league competitions. Malta will face Italy at Marconi Stadium in Bossley Park, a suburb of Sydney.[16]

23 September 2017 Papua New Guinea PMXIII Papua New Guinea 8–48 Australia Australia PMXIII National Football Stadium, Port Moresby
8 October 2017 Malta  24–24  Italy Marconi Stadium, Sydney
13 October 2017 Country U23s Country colours.svg 26–40  Samoa McDonald's Park, Wagga Wagga
13 October 2017 France  34–12  Jamaica Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan
14 October 2017 Fiji  0–10  Papua New Guinea ANZ National Stadium, Suva
14 October 2017 Australia  20–4  Papua New Guinea ANZ National Stadium, Suva
14 October 2017 Fiji  0–18  Australia ANZ National Stadium, Suva
14 October 2017 Lebanon  32–16  Niue Leichhardt Oval, Sydney
20 October 2017 Country U23s Country colours.svg 50–14  Scotland Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina
20 October 2017 Italy  6–16  Tonga Callendar Park, Innisfail
20 October 2017 Combined Affiliated States Australia 12–74  England Perth Oval, Perth

Venues[edit]

It was announced in October 2014 that negotiations were being held for Papua New Guinea to host matches.[17] The Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League presented to the RLIF in September 2015, requesting to host three matches.[18] In October 2015 it was confirmed that Papua New Guinea would host three matches in the group stage.[19]

Melbourne Rectangular Stadium in Melbourne will host the opening game between Australia and England while Brisbane Stadium in Brisbane will host the World Cup Final.[20]

Australia[edit]

Brisbane Sydney Melbourne Townsville
Brisbane Stadium Sydney Football Stadium Melbourne Rectangular Stadium Townsville Stadium
Capacity: 52,500 Capacity: 45,500 Capacity: 30,050 Capacity: 26,500
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Canberra Perth Cairns Darwin
Canberra Stadium Perth Rectangular Stadium Barlow Park Darwin Stadium
Capacity: 25,011 Capacity: 20,500 Capacity: 18,000 Capacity: 12,000
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New Zealand[edit]

Wellington Auckland
Wellington Regional Stadium Mount Smart Stadium
Capacity: 34,500 Capacity: 30,000
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Hamilton Christchurch
Waikato Stadium[21] Christchurch Stadium
Capacity: 25,800 Capacity: 18,000
Hamilton 03.jpg Addington Rugby Stadium.jpg

Papua New Guinea[edit]

Port Moresby
National Football Stadium
Capacity: 14,800

Group stage[edit]

The draw was undertaken at the launch of the event in Auckland on 19 July 2016[22] and involved the same four group format as the 2013 tournament. The first two groups are made up of four teams whilst the other two groups feature three teams each. The top three teams in the first two groups and the winners of the two smaller groups will qualify for the quarter-finals. 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.[20]

Group A Group B Group C Group D

 Australia
 England
 France
 Lebanon

 New Zealand
 Samoa
 Scotland
 Tonga

 Ireland
 Papua New Guinea
 Wales

 Fiji
 Italy
 United States

Key to colours in pool tables
Advances to knockout stage and qualifies for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup

Group A[edit]

Team
Pld W D L PF PA +/− Pts
 Australia 3 3 0 0 104 10 +94 6
 England 3 2 0 1 69 34 +35 4
 Lebanon 3 1 0 2 39 81 –42 2
 France 3 0 0 3 30 117 –87 0
27 October 2017 Australia  18–4  England Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne
29 October 2017 France  18–29  Lebanon Canberra Stadium, Canberra
3 November 2017 Australia  52–6  France Canberra Stadium, Canberra
4 November 2017 England  29–10  Lebanon Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
11 November 2017 Australia  34–0  Lebanon Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
12 November 2017 England  36–6  France Perth Rectangular Stadium, Perth

Group B[edit]

Team
Pld W D L PF PA +/− Pts
 Tonga 3 3 0 0 110 44 +66 6
 New Zealand 3 2 0 1 134 42 +92 4
 Samoa 3 0 1 2 40 84 –44 1
 Scotland 3 0 1 2 24 138 –114 1
28 October 2017 New Zealand  38–8  Samoa Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
29 October 2017 Scotland  4–50  Tonga Barlow Park, Cairns
4 November 2017 New Zealand  74–6  Scotland Christchurch Stadium, Christchurch
4 November 2017 Samoa  18–32  Tonga Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
11 November 2017 New Zealand  22–28  Tonga Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
11 November 2017 Samoa  14–14  Scotland Barlow Park, Cairns

Group C[edit]

Team
Pld W D L PF PA +/− Pts
 Papua New Guinea 3 3 0 0 128 12 +116 6
 Ireland 3 2 0 1 76 32 +44 4
 Wales 3 0 0 3 18 156 –138 0
28 October 2017 Papua New Guinea  50–6  Wales National Football Stadium, Port Moresby,
5 November 2017 Papua New Guinea  14–6  Ireland National Football Stadium, Port Moresby
12 November 2017 Wales  6–34  Ireland Perth Rectangular Stadium, Perth

Group D[edit]

Team
Pld W D L PF PA +/− Pts
 Fiji 3 3 0 0 168 28 +140 6
 Italy 3 1 0 2 68 74 –6 2
 United States 3 0 0 3 12 168 –156 0
28 October 2017 Fiji  58–12  United States Townsville Stadium, Townsville
5 November 2017 Italy  46–0  United States Townsville Stadium, Townsville
10 November 2017 Fiji  38–10  Italy Canberra Stadium, Canberra

Inter-group matches[edit]

29 October 2017 Ireland  36–12  Italy Barlow Park, Cairns
5 November 2017 Fiji  72–6  Wales Townsville Stadium, Townsville
12 November 2017 Papua New Guinea  64–0  United States National Football Stadium, Port Moresby

Knockout stage[edit]

Three teams from each of Groups A and B and one team from each of Groups C and D advanced to the quarter-finals. All quarter-finalists automatically qualified for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.[23] The quarter-final fixture were finalised at the conclusion of the pool stages, to ensure that Australia played in Darwin on 17 November and New Zealand in Wellington on 18 November.[24]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
17 November – Darwin
 
 
 Australia46
 
24 November – Brisbane
 
 Samoa0
 
 Australia54
 
18 November – Wellington
 
 Fiji6
 
 New Zealand2
 
2 December – Brisbane
 
 Fiji4
 
 Australia6
 
18 November – Christchurch
 
 England0
 
 Tonga24
 
25 November – Auckland
 
 Lebanon22
 
 Tonga18
 
19 November – Melbourne
 
 England20
 
 England36
 
 
 Papua New Guinea6
 

Quarter-finals[edit]

Australia vs Samoa[edit]

17 November 2017
19:00 ACST (UTC+9:30)
Australia  46–0  Samoa
Tries:
Holmes (9', 17', 51', 57', 74') 5
Morgan (31', 36') 2
Slater (24') 1
Goals:
Smith 7/8
(10', 19', 26', 33', 38', 53', 58')
1st: 30 – 0
2nd: 16 – 0
Darwin Stadium, Darwin
Attendance: 13,473
Referee: Phil Bentham (England)
Man of the Match: Valentine Holmes (Australia)

Tonga vs Lebanon[edit]

18 November 2017
17:00 NZDT (UTC+13)
Tonga  24–22  Lebanon
Tries:
Fusitu'a (19', 33') 2
Lolohea (4') 1
Hopoate (23') 1
Goals:
Hingano 4/5
(5', 24', 34', 53' pen)
1st: 22 – 16
2nd: 2 – 6
Tries:
2 (40', 69') Miski
1 (9') Doueihi
1 (30') Elias
Goals:
3/4 Moses
(10', 31', 70')
Christchurch Stadium, Christchurch
Attendance: 8,309
Referee: Gerard Sutton (Australia)
Man of the Match: Mitchell Moses (Lebanon)

New Zealand vs Fiji[edit]

18 November 2017
19:30 NZDT (UTC+13)
New Zealand  2–4  Fiji
Goals:
Johnson 1/1
(45' pen)
1st: 0 – 2
2nd: 2 – 2
Goals:
1/1 Koroisau
(15' pen)
1/1 Milne
(62' pen)
Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington
Attendance: 12,713
Referee: Matt Cecchin (Australia)
Man of the Match: Kevin Naiqama (Fiji)

England vs Papua New Guinea[edit]

19 November 2017
16:00 AEDT (UTC+11)
England  36–6  Papua New Guinea
Tries:
McGillvary (13', 20') 2
Watkins (68', 72') 2
Walmsley (33') 1
Currie (56') 1
Hall (79') 1
Goals:
Widdop 4/7
(34', 57', 69', 80')
1st: 14 – 0
2nd: 22 – 6
Tries:
1 (60') Lo
Goals:
1/1 Martin
(61')
Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne
Attendance: 10,563
Referee: James Child (England)
Man of the Match: Jermaine McGillvary (England)

Semi-finals[edit]

Australia vs Fiji[edit]

24 November 2017
19:00 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia  54–6  Fiji
Tries:
Holmes (18', 24', 42', 51', 65', 75') 6
Gagai (31', 69') 2
Slater (14', 48') 2
Goals:
Smith 7/10
(15', 19', 33', 43', 49', 53', 67')
1st: 22 – 2
2nd: 32 – 4
Tries:
1 (59') Vunivalu
Goals:
1/2 Koroisau
(7' pen)
Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 22,073
Referee: Gerard Sutton (Australia)
Man of the Match: Cameron Smith (Australia)

Tonga vs England[edit]

25 November 2017
18:00 NZDT (UTC+13)
Tonga  18–20  England
Tries:
Pangai Junior (73') 1
Havili (76') 1
Lolohea (77') 1
Goals:
Taukeiaho 3/3
(73', 76, 77')
1st: 0 – 12
2nd: 18 – 8
Tries:
1 (11') McGillvary
1 (16') Widdop
1 (68') Bateman
Goals:
4/4 Widdop
(12, 17, 50 pen, 69)
Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland
Attendance: 30,003
Referee: Matt Cecchin (Australia)
Man of the Match: Gareth Widdop (England)

Final: Australia vs England[edit]

2 December 2017
19:00 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia  6–0  England
Tries:
Cordner (15')
Goals:
Smith 1/1
(16')
1st: 6 – 0
2nd: 0 – 0
Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 40,033
Referee: Gerard Sutton (Australia)
Man of the Match: Boyd Cordner (Australia)

Try scorers[edit]

12
9
7
5
4
3
2
1

Attendances[edit]

Date Match Venue Location Attendance
27 October 2017  Australia  England Melbourne Rectangular Stadium Australia Melbourne 22,724
28 October 2017  Papua New Guinea  Wales National Football Stadium Papua New Guinea Port Moresby 14,800
28 October 2017  New Zealand  Samoa Mount Smart Stadium New Zealand Auckland 17,857
28 October 2017  Fiji  United States Townsville Stadium Australia Townsville 5,103
29 October 2017  Ireland  Italy Barlow Park Australia Cairns 9,216
 Scotland  Tonga
29 October 2017  France  Lebanon Canberra Stadium Australia Canberra 5,492
3 November 2017  Australia  France Canberra Stadium Australia Canberra 12,293
4 November 2017  New Zealand  Scotland Christchurch Stadium New Zealand Christchurch 12,130
4 November 2017  Samoa  Tonga Waikato Stadium New Zealand Hamilton 18,156
4 November 2017  England  Lebanon Sydney Football Stadium Australia Sydney 10,237
5 November 2017  Papua New Guinea  Ireland National Football Stadium Papua New Guinea Port Moresby 14,800
5 November 2017  Italy  United States Townsville Stadium Australia Townsville 7,732
 Fiji  Wales
10 November 2017  Fiji  Italy Canberra Stadium Australia Canberra 6,733
11 November 2017  New Zealand  Tonga Waikato Stadium New Zealand Hamilton 24,041
11 November 2017  Samoa  Scotland Barlow Park Australia Cairns 4,309
11 November 2017  Australia  Lebanon Sydney Football Stadium Australia Sydney 21,127
12 November 2017  Papua New Guinea  United States National Football Stadium Papua New Guinea Port Moresby 14,800
12 November 2017  Wales  Ireland Perth Rectangular Stadium Australia Perth 14,744
 England  France
17 November 2017  Australia  Samoa Darwin Stadium Australia Darwin 13,473
18 November 2017  Tonga  Lebanon Christchurch Stadium New Zealand Christchurch 8,309
18 November 2017  New Zealand  Fiji Wellington Regional Stadium New Zealand Wellington 12,713
19 November 2017  England  Papua New Guinea Melbourne Rectangular Stadium Australia Melbourne 10,563
24 November 2017  Australia  Fiji Brisbane Stadium Australia Brisbane 22,073
25 November 2017  Tonga  England Mount Smart Stadium New Zealand Auckland 30,003
2 December 2017  Australia  England Brisbane Stadium Australia Brisbane 40,033

Criticism and controversy[edit]

The lack of games in New South Wales, the heartland of rugby league in Australia, drew some criticism. Only one of the 13 confirmed tournament venues was in New South Wales (Sydney Football Stadium) and it is only hosting two group-stage fixtures, both featuring Lebanon. This was due to the refusal of the New South Wales Government to bid for hosting rights. Despite the so-called 'Sydney Cup snub', the RLWC organisers backed their decision and the venues they were using.[25]

In the buildup to the Samoa vs. Tonga game in Hamilton, controversy occurred after fans from both countries were caught having brawls in South Auckland. At least 6 people were arrested from the brawls resulting in a massive security increase for the game. Both teams, celebrities, and police urged fans to calm down.[26] Following the results of the controversial incident, a Tongan Advisory Council member lashed out at organisers, saying that this tournament is poorly organised compared to the 2011 Rugby World Cup, mentioning that Rugby World Cup organisers engaged with community groups 18 months beforehand, whereas this tournament was "scrambled around".[27]

After Scotland's 68 point thrashing to New Zealand in Christchurch, captain Danny Brough, Sam Brooks, and Jonathan Walker were sent home for violating code of conduct after being all deemed too 'intoxicated' for their team's flight to Cairns for Scotland's next game against Samoa. Italian players James Tedesco and Shannon Wakeman are under investigation by the World Cup integrity unit for a brawl at a Cairns nightclub.[28]

Media coverage[edit]

Seven Network was the Australian and worldwide host broadcaster, winning the rights for the event in July 2016, beating the likes of Foxtel and Optus.[29]

Country or region Broadcaster Broadcasting Ref.
 Australia Seven Network All 28 matches live (via Channel 7, 7mate, or streamed from the 7Live app) [30]
 Austria
 Germany
  Switzerland
ProSieben Maxx
ran.de
6 matches live (ProSieben Maxx)
All 28 matches live streamed (ran.de)
[31]
 Germany Sportdeutschland.TV All 28 matches live streamed [31]
 Fiji Fiji One All 28 matches live [32]
 France beIN Sports All 28 matches live [33]
Hong Kong Hong Kong PCCW All 28 matches live [34]
 Ireland eir Sports All 28 matches live [35]
 Japan DAZN All 28 matches live [34]
Malaysia Malaysia Astro All 28 matches live [34]
Middle East OSN Sports All 28 matches live [34]
 New Zealand Sky Sport All 28 matches live [36]
 Papua New Guinea EM TV All 28 matches live [37]
 United Kingdom BBC Sport All England matches live; Ireland, Wales and Scotland matches delayed; highlights from all 28 matches [38]
Premier Sports 27 matches Live (Delayed coverage of NZ vs Tonga due to football match) [39]
 United States Fox Sports All USA matches and knockout matches live [34]

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