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The world's best are coming

In 2017, the best Rugby League players from around the world will be in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea playing for the most sought after prize - The Rugby League World Cup.

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Rugby League Champions of the World

Current Rugby League World Cup Champions the Australian Kangaroos head into this year’s Rugby League World Cup as favourites to take out their 11th title.

Similar to Rugby League’s history in England, the split that saw the New South Wales Rugby Football League (NSWRFL) split from the then Southern Rugby Union (now Australian Rugby Union) was fundamentally around ‘broken-time’ payments for players.

RANKING: 1
WORLD CUPS PLAYED: 14
WORLD CUPS WON: 10
FIRST WORLD CUP: 1954

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Committed To Go All The Way

Tournament co-hosts, New Zealand, head into Rugby League World Cup 2017 on the back of a golden decade of international success. Not since the 2006 Tri-Series, which the Kiwis lost in Golden Point extra time, has New Zealand lost a major Rugby League tournament held in the Southern Hemisphere.

With the 2008 Rugby League World Cup trophy, plus two Four Nation Trophies collected over that period, confidence will be high in the New Zealand camp that the Kiwis can go all the way in this year's tournament.

RANKING: 2
WORLD CUPS PLAYED: 14
WORLD CUPS WON: 1
FIRST WORLD CUP: 1954

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Expectations high for the PNG Kumuls

Expectations will be high for the Kumuls heading into the 2017 Rugby League World Cup after the nation missed the finals in the past two tournaments.

With Port Moresby hosting it’s first World Cup game since 1991, and the Kumuls in their own group away from the big three, path maybe a little bit easier this time around as well.

RANKING: 15
WORLD CUPS PLAYED: 6
WORLD CUPS WON: 0
FIRST WORLD CUP: 1985

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It has been 45 years since the Paul Barrière Trophy was last held aloft by an English player. Now, with Wayne Bennett at the helm, England are expected to give Rugby League World Cup 2017 a shake up!

England are expected to give Rugby League World Cup 2017 a shake with Wayne Bennett at the helm. It has been 45 years since the Paul Barrière Trophy was last held aloft by an English player, and after failing to qualify for the last three tournament finals, the English National team will come into World Cup 2017 with the weight of a nation on their shoulders.

RANKING: 3
WORLD CUPS PLAYED: 5
WORLD CUPS WON: 0
FIRST WORLD CUP: 1975

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World Cup Stalwarts

France face the task of navigating through a pool including Rugby League heavyweights Australia and England. France is one of only four nations to have been represented at every Rugby League World Cup since its inception in 1954. In fact, it was Fédération Française de Rugby à XIII (FFRXIII) President, Paul Barrière, who was one of the driving forces behind the code establishing the tournament.

RANKING: 6
WORLD CUPS PLAYED: 14
WORLD CUPS WON: 0
FIRST WORLD CUP: 1954

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Can Samoa cause an upset?

Toa Samoa are primed to cause an upset in the 'Pool of Death' at Rugby League World Cup 2017.

Expectations will be high for Toa Samoa at Rugby League World Cup 2017, with the nation arguably one of the favourites to not only progress to the tournament finals, but to potentially knock off one of the ‘Big Three’ in a World Cup.

RANKING: 5
WORLD CUPS PLAYED: 4
WORLD CUPS WON: 0
FIRST WORLD CUP: 1995

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Fiji Bati aiming to go beyond semi-final

The 2017 Rugby League World Cup marks the fifth consecutive Rugby League World Cup the Fiji Bati has qualified for. After reaching the Semi-Finals in the last two tournaments, expectations will be high for the Bati in the upcoming tournament.

RANKING: 8
WORLD CUPS PLAYED: 4
WORLD CUPS WON: 0
FIRST WORLD CUP: 1995

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Bravehearts by name and nature

Scotland will look to build on their 2016 Four Nations experience leading into Rugby League World Cup 2017.

The 2017 Rugby League World Cup will be the Scottish Bravehearts fourth consecutive World Cup appearance and arguably Scotland’s best chance of making a significant impact in the tournament.

RANKING: 4
WORLD CUPS PLAYED: 3
WORLD CUPS WON: 0
FIRST WORLD CUP: 4

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Heavyweights with eye on the prize

Tonga qualified for RLWC2017 after defeating Cook Islands 28-8 in the Asia-Pacific play-off.

After never proceeding past the group stages in their four previous Rugby League World Cups, expectations will be high on the Mate Ma’ Tongan side heading into the 2017 tournament.

RANKING: 11
WORLD CUPS PLAYED: 4
WORLD CUPS WON: 0
FIRST WORLD CUP PLAYED: 1995

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Lebanon bolstered by Rugby League enforcers

The Cedars return to the Rugby League World Cup after their debut in 2000. The Rugby League World Cup 2017 will mark only the second time that Lebanon Cedars have qualified for international Rugby League’s premier tournament, with the first being back in 2000.

RANKING: 21
WORLD CUPS PLAYED: 1
WORLD CUPS WON: 0
FIRST WORLD CUP: 2000

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Hawks set to fly high

USA Hawks will make a second appearance on the biggest stage of International Rugby League.

2017 will be only the second time the USA National Team has qualified for a Rugby League World Cup, despite the nation having connections to the sport since the 1950’s.

RANKING: 10
WORLD CUPS PLAYED: 1
WORLD CUPS WON: 0
FIRST WORLD CUP PLAYED: 2013

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Dragons to bring the heat

Wales have qualified for their first World Cup held in the Southern Hemisphere since 1975. Whilst it maybe a while since the Dragons have been Down Under, just like in 1975, the Welsh will be looking to cause an upset or two when they head to Australia and Papua New Guinea for their pool matches.

RANKING: 9
WORLD CUPS PLAYED: 4
WORLD CUPS WON: 0
FIRST WORLD CUP PLAYED: 1975

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Luck of the Irish

The Irish return to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time since 2008 after qualifying for their fourth consecutive Rugby League World Cup.

Irishman Liam Finn will participate in his third Rugby League World Cup and continue his captaincy in the 2017 tournament.

RANKING: 7
WORLD CUPS PLAYED: 3
WORLD CUPS WON: 0
FIRST WRLD CUP: 2000

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Azurri out to prove position

Italy will participate in the Rugby League World Cup for the second time in history after securing the final spot in the European Qualifiers. 2017 will mark the second time that the Italian Azzurri side has qualified for the Rugby League World Cup.

Whilst considered a relative newcomer in the Rugby League, the nation of Italy has had connections to the code since the 1930’s.

RANKING: 14
WORLD CUPS PLAYED: 1
WORLD CUPS WON: 0
FIRST WORLD CUP: 2013

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Jillaroos determined to stake a claim on home soil

The Australian Jillaroos head into this year’s Rugby League World Cup aiming for back-to-back titles after claiming their maiden victory at the 2013 event.

The Jillaroos have beaten arch rivals New Zealand in all four matches this year as well as Papua New Guinea in the recent Prime Minister’s XIII match.

RANKING: 2
WORLD CUPS PLAYED: 4
WORLD CUPS WON: 1
FIRST WORLD CUP: 2000

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Ferns out to bounce back after May defeat

Having won three of the four previous Women’s Rugby League World Cups – in 2000, 2005 and 2008 – there won’t be any prizes handed out for correctly guessing what the Kiwi Ferns’ goals are for the 2017 tournament.

Beaten in the 2013 Cup final by the Jillaroos 22-12 in Leeds, the Kiwis will be looking to reclaim what has traditionally been theirs. The New Zealanders will also be aiming to make amends for their loss to the Australian girls in their one-off Test match in Canberra in May.

RANKING: 1
WORLD CUPS PLAYED: 4
WORLD CUPS WON: 3
FIRST WORLD CUP: 2000

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England rally the battalion

England Women are faced with a huge challenge when they take part in this year’s Rugby League World Cup as the part-time team come head to head with a number of full-time professional sides. England are yet to lift the World Cup trophy and haven’t reached a final as an English side in the tournament’s history. After two test match victories against France Women earlier this year, the side will be hoping that a number of experienced players that have been named in the squad can take the side further in this year’s tournament.

RANKING: 3
WORLD CUPS PLAYED: 1
WORLD CUPS WON: 0
FIRST WORLD CUP: 2013

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Orchids set to blossom on maiden stage

These are exciting times for rugby league in Papua New Guinea. While the men’s team will host three historic pool matches at this year’s World Cup, for the first time, PNG will be fielding a team in the women’s event.

The Orchids played their first-ever match, at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby, in front of a capacity crowd in September. They went down 42-4 to the Jillaroos in the friendly, but there were endless positives to come out of the encounter.

RANKING: 4
WORLD CUPS PLAYED: 0
WORLD CUPS WON: 0
FIRST WORLD CUP: 2017

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Cook Islands already winners

Even before a ball has been kicked, a tackle made or a try scored, the Cook Islands women’s rugby league World Cup team can be declared  winners as far as their efforts just to put a team on the park is concerned. The squad’s build-up to the tournament has been overseen by an extraordinary group of passionate volunteers, all dedicated to the cause of forwarding women’s rugby league in the Cook Islands. Financial pressures haven’t been enough to keep the Cook Islands down, nor have long-distance travel demands, with players and supporters flying in to Sydney from as far away as Perth, Townsville, Melbourne, Gold Coast and Brisbane for a rare training camp in August. These efforts were repeated two months later, with the Cook Islands benefiting from a solid, final pre-Cup hit-out against an Australian Combined Affiliated States team at Wentworthville in New South Wales. One particular player you may be of interest to Sydney-siders attending the World Cup’s group stage matches at Southern Cross Group Stadium will be Kiana Takairangi, sister of Parramatta Eels star Brad. Among the Cook Islands’ main weapons, Kiana’s journey to the World Cup is an interesting one, having transferred from the LFL, where she was an award-winning player.

WORLD CUPS PLAYED: 1
WORLD CUPS WON: 0
FIRST WORLD CUP: 2005

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New talent to come out with force

The Ravens are Canada's first ever representation at the Rugby League World Cup. The team intend on showing the world the talent that is held within the quickly developing Rugby League nation. With a variety of seasoned and explosive athletes in the side, the Ravens are an exciting inclusion to the Women's Rugby League World Cup.

WORLD CUPS PLAYED: 0
WORLD CUPS WON: 0
FIRST WORLD CUP: 2017

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Fixtures

Kick off times are subject to change at the discretion of Rugby League World Cup.
Tickets cannot be purchased in the same shopping basket across Australia and New Zealand matches. If you would like to purchase tickets for games in both countries you will need to make two separate transactions.
Friday 20:10 AEDT
27 Oct
Men's Round 1
18
V
4
Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne
Friday 20:00 AEDT
3 Nov
Men's Round 2
52
V
6
Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Saturday 20:00 AEDT
11 Nov
Men's Round 3
34
V
0
Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
Friday 19:00 ACST
17 Nov
Men's Quarter Final 1
46
V
0
Darwin Stadium, Darwin
Friday 19:00 AEST
24 Nov
Men's Semi Final 1
54
V
6
Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane
Saturday 19:00 AEST
2 Dec
Men's World Cup Final
6
V
0
Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane
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