Rugby League World Cup 2017

October 27 - December 2, 2017

The 2017 Rugby League World Cup Final saw Australia defeat England 6 – 0

A key feature on the representative Rugby League schedule, the Rugby League World Cup is an international footy tournament contested by 14 Rugby League teams from around the globe.

2017 Rugby League World Cup

  • Champions: Australia
  • Top Points Scorer: Cameron Smith (AUS) with 50
  • Top Try Scorer: Valentine Holmes (AUS) with 12
  • Host Countries: Australia / New Zealand / PNG
  • Edition: 15th
  • Dates: October 27 – December 2, 2017
  • Quarter-Finals: November 17 – November 19, 2017
  • Semi-Finals: November 24 – November 25, 2017
  • 2017 World Cup Final Result: Australia 6 – 0 England (December 2, 2017)
  • Teams: 14
  • Matches Played: 28

2017 Rugby League World Cup Results

RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP FINAL

AUSTRALIA 6 – 0 ENGLAND

  • When: Saturday December 2, 2017
  • Where: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
  • Attendance: 40,033
  • Man of the Match: Boyd Cordner

RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP SEMI-FINALS

AUSTRALIA 54 – 6 FIJI

  • When: Friday November 24, 8:00pm (AEDT)
  • Where: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
  • Attendance: 22,073
  • Man of the Match: Cameron Smith

TONGA 18 – 20 ENGLAND

  • When: Saturday November 25, 4:00pm (AEDT)
  • Where: Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland
  • Attendance: 30,003
  • Man of the Match: Gareth Widdop

RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP QUARTERFINALS: RESULTS

AUSTRALIA 46 – 0 SAMOA

  • When: Friday November 17, 8:30pm (AEDT)
  • Where: Darwin Stadium
  • Attendance: 13,473
  • Man of the Match: Valentine Holmes (Australia)

 

TONGA 24 – 22 LEBANON

  • When: Saturday November 18, 3:00pm (AEDT)
  • Where: Christchurch Stadium
  • Attendance: 8,309
  • Man of the Match: Mitchell Moses (Lebanon)

 

NEW ZEALAND 2 – 4 FIJI

  • When: Saturday November 18, 5:30pm (AEDT)
  • Where: Wellington Regional Stadium
  • Attendance: 12,713
  • Man of the Match: Kevin Naiqama(Fiji)

 

ENGLAND 36 – 6 PAPUA NEW GUINEA

  • When: Sunday November 19, 4:00pm (AEDT)
  • Where: Melbourne Rectangular Stadium
  • Attendance: 10,563
  • Man of the Match: Jermaine McGillvary (England)

 

Rugby League World Cup Results & Standings: Group Stage

GROUP A

Team Pld W D L PF PA +/- Pts
AUSTRALIA (Q) 3 3 0 0 104 10 +94 6
ENGLAND (Q) 3 2 0 1 69 34 +35 4
LEBANON (Q) 3 1 0 2 39 81 -42 2
FRANCE (E) 3 0 0 3 30 117 -87 0

GROUP B

Team Pld W D L PF PA +/- Pts
TONGA (Q) 3 3 0 0 110 44 +66 6
NEW ZEALAND (Q) 3 2 0 1 134 42 +92 4
SAMOA (Q) 3 0 0 2 84 84 -44 1
SCOTLAND (E) 3 0 0 2 138 138 -114 1

GROUP C

Team Pld W D L PF PA +/- Pts
PAPUA NEW GUINEA (Q) 3 3 0 0 128 12 +116 6
IRELAND (E) 3 2 0 1 76 32 +44 4
WALES (E) 3 0 0 3 18 156 -138 0

GROUP D

Team Pld W D L PF PA +/- Pts
FIJI (Q) 3 3 0 0 168 28 +140 6
ITALY (E) 3 1 0 2 68 74 -6 2
UNITED STATES (E) 3 0 0 3 12 168 -156 0

2017 Rugby League World Cup Teams

Country Captain Coach RLIF Rank Previous Appearances Best World Cup Result Qualification
Australia Cameron Smith Mal Meninga 1 14 (All previous years) Winners: (1957, 1968, 1970, 1975, 1977, 1988, 1992, 1995, 2000, 2013) Co-hosts
England Sean O’Loughlin Wayne Bennett 3 5 (1975, 1995, 2000, 2008, 2013) Runners-up: (1975, 1995) 2013 Semi Finalists
Fiji Kevin Naiqama Mick Potter 7 4 (1995, 2000, 2008, 2013) Semi Finals: (2008, 2013) 2013 Semi Finalists
France Théo Fages FAurélien Cologni 6 14 (All previous years) Runners-up: (1954, 1968) 2013 Quarter Finalists
Ireland Liam Finn Mark Aston 8 3 (2000, 2008, 2013) Quarter Finals: (2000, 2008) European qualifying group 2 winner
Italy Mark Minichiello Cameron Ciraldo 12 1 (2013) Group Stage: (2013) European qualifying play-off winner
Lebanon Robbie Farah Brad Fittler 18 1 (2000) Group Stage: (2000) Middle East-Africa play-off winner
New Zealand Adam Blair David Kidwell 2 14 (All previous years)) Winners: (2008) Co-hosts
Papua New Guinea David Mead Michael Marum 16 6 (1985–88, 1989–92, 1995, 2000, 2008, 2013) Quarter Finals: (2000) Co-hosts
Samoa Frank Pritchard Matt Parish 5 4 (1995, 2000, 2008, 2013) Quarter Finals: (2000, 2013) 2013 Quarter Finalists
Scotland Danny Brough Steve McCormack 4 3 (2000, 2008, 2013) Quarter Finals: (2013) 2013 Quarter Finalists
Tonga Sika Manu Kristian Woolf 11 4 (1995, 2000, 2008, 2013) Group Stage: (1995, 2000, 2008, 2013) Asia-Pacific play-off winner
United States Mark Offerdahl Brian McDermott 10 1 (2013) Quarter Finals: (2013) Americas qualifying group winner
Wales Craig Kopczak John Kear 9 4 (1975, 1995, 2000, 2013) Semi Finals: (1995, 2000) European qualifying group 1 winner

Including the 2017 Rugby League World Cup there have been 15 tournaments since 1954 and Australia have dominated the results with 11 title wins, most recently in 2013 and 2017.

The only other winning nations to win the Rugby League World Cup competition are Great Britain (3) and New Zealand (1).

Rugby League World Cup Winners & Odds - Ladbrokes.com.au

Australia are the most successful team in the Rugby League World Cup competition. Photo Credit: ABC.

Betting on the Rugby League World Cup is a popular spring – summer option for footy fans missing the regular NRL season action that finishes up with the NRL Grand Final in early October.

The previous Rugby League World Tournaments took place in the years: 1954, 1957, 1960, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1977, 1985-1988, 1995, 2000, 2008, 2013 and 2017.

The upcoming Rugby League World Cup dates are set for 2021 and 2025.

The only teams to have played in all Rugby League World Cups to date are Australia, France and New Zealand.

In 1995 the Rugby League World Cup format was expanded and follows a similar system to other World Cup sporting competitions including the Football World Cup and Rugby Union World Cup.

Rugby League World Cup Finals

The final Rugby League World Cup tournament system has been in place since 2013 with the 14 teams divided into four groups. The Rugby League World Cup Final Tournament follows the qualifying stage of the competition, with the hose team the only one assured of a spot in the finals.

The first stage of the finals is the group stage and from that a total of eight teams make it through to the knockout Rugby League World Cup knockout quarter finals.

The four quarter-final winners face off in the Rugby League World Cup semi-finals to earn a spot in the World Cup Final.

Rugby League World Cup Host Nations

Year Host/s
1954 France
1957 Australia
1960 United Kingdom
1968 Australia / New Zealand
1970 United Kingdom
1972 France
1975 International
1977 Australia / New Zealand
1985-88 International
1989-92 International
1995 Untied Kingdom
2000 United Kingdom / Ireland / France
2008 Australia
2013 United Kingdom / Ireland / France
2017 Australia / New Zealand / PNG
2021 England
2025 Canada / United States

Past Rugby League World Cup Winners

Year Winner Score Runner-Up
1954 Great Britain 16-12 France
1957 Australia Table Leader Great Britain
1960 Great Britain Table Leader Australia
1968 Australia 20-2 France
1970 Australia 12-7 Great Britain
1972 Great Britain 10-10 Australia
1975 Australia 25-0 England
1977 Australia 13-12 Great Britain
1985-88 Australia 25-12 New Zealand
1989-92 Australia 10-6 Great Britain
1995 Australia 16-8 England
2000 Australia 40-12 New Zealand
2008 New Zealand 34-20 Australia
2013 Australia 34-2 New Zealand
2017 Australia 6-0 England
2021 TBD TBD TBD
2025 TBD TBD TBD