1975 Rugby League World Cup
The 1975 Rugby League World Championship (also referred to as the World Series) was the seventh tournament for the Rugby League World Cup. The format differed from that employed in previous competitions; no single country hosted the matches, which were spread out in a 'world series' hosted by each of the five participating nations over a period of just over eight months. Each team had to play the others on a 'home and away' basis. Great Britain were split up into separate England and Wales teams, taking advantage of a glut of Welsh talent in the British game at the time.
|Number of teams||5|
|Winner||Australia (4th title)|
|Attendance||204,476 (9,737 per match)|
|Points scored||661 (31.48 per match)|
|Top scorer||Mick Cronin (76)|
|Top try scorers|| Keith Fielding (7)|
Ian Schubert (7)
14 venues across the five competing countries hosted games of the 1975 Rugby League World Cup. Wales used their own home venue at Swansea, but also played home games in England in both Salford and Warrington. England also played a 'home' game against Wales at Lang Park in Brisbane, Australia.
|Sydney Cricket Ground||Stade Vélodrome||Lang Park||Odsal Stadium||Central Park|
|Capacity: 70,000||Capacity: 49,000||Capacity: 40,000||Capacity: 40,000||Capacity: 40,000|
|Stadium Municipal||Stade du Parc Lescure||Headingley||Carlaw Park||The Willows|
|Capacity: 35,000||Capacity: 30,000||Capacity: 30,000||Capacity: 20,000||Capacity: 17,000|
|St Helen's Rugby Ground||Addington Showgrounds||Wilderspool Stadium||Stade Gilbert Brutus|
|Capacity: 15,000||Capacity: 15,000||Capacity: 15,000||Capacity: 13,000|
|Australia||30 – 13||Wales|
In this match Mick Cronin kicked nine goals.
|New Zealand||27 – 0||France|
|Australia||10 – 10||England|
|Wales||16 – 22||England|
|New Zealand||8 – 24||Australia|
|France||2 – 48||England|
England winger Keith Fielding created a new record by scoring four tries against a hapless French team at Bordeaux.
|France||12 – 12||New Zealand|
|Wales||6 – 18||Australia|
Kangaroo wing prodigy Ian Schubert also scored a hat-trick tries.
|England||27 – 12||New Zealand|
English stand-off Ken Gill ran in three tries.
|France||2 – 41||Australia|
|Wales||25 – 24||New Zealand|
In this match Jim Mills, the Wales prop, was banned for the rest of the season after an altercation. The ban was eventually lifted on 2 January 1976.
Final challenge matchEdit
As Australia had not beaten England to win the cup, a final challenge was hastily arranged. The Kangaroos showed they were worthy World Champions with a comprehensive 25–0 win at Headingley in front of a disappointing crowd of 7,680 which was over 11,000 less than had attended the 1970 World Cup Final between Great Britain and Australia at the same venue.
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