1957 Rugby League World Cup
|Number of teams||4|
|Winner||Australia (1st title)|
|Attendance||214,918 (35,820 per match)|
|Points scored||204 (34 per match)|
|Top scorer||Brian Carlson (28)|
|Top try scorers|| Mick Sullivan (3)|
Ian Moir (3)
Kel O'Shea (3)
The 1957 World Cup marked the 50th anniversary of rugby league in Australia but the hosts were not confident of their ability to lift the trophy, having capitulated in the Ashes series in England barely seven months previously. Great Britain, under Alan Prescott, and boasting world-class backs such as Billy Boston, Mick Sullivan, Jeff Stevenson and Lewis Jones, and a formidable pack, were expected to win with Jacques Merquey's French side a dark horse.
In the end Australia were dominant, winning all matches and were declared the champions by virtue of finishing top of the group – there was no World Cup Final. Best and fairest awards were made to individual nations, the recipients being Gilbert Benausse (France), Brian Carlson (Australia), Phil Jackson (Great Britain) and Bill Sorensen (New Zealand).
|Sydney Cricket Ground||Brisbane Cricket Ground|
|Capacity: 70,000||Capacity: 48,000|
|Australia||3||3||0||0||82||20||+62||6||World Cup Winners|
- Paddy McAteer (22 December 2010) "Whole World in their Hands" Archived 5 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine North West Evening Mail
- Neutral refs have always been a sticky issue[dead link] Sunday Star-Times, 30 November 2008
- "Australia in Rugby Cup Win". The Age. 18 June 1957. p. 14. Retrieved 6 October 2009.