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The 2013 Rugby League World Cup was the fourteenth staging of the Rugby League World Cup and took place in England, Wales, France and Ireland.[2][3][4][5] between 26 October and 30 November 2013.

2013 (2013) World Cup  ()
2013 RLWC
Number of teams14[1]
Host countries England
 Wales
Winner Australia (10th title)

Matches played28
Attendance458,483 (16,374 per match)
Top scorerNew Zealand Shaun Johnson (76)
Top try scorerAustralia Brett Morris
Australia Jarryd Hayne
(9 tries each)
 < 2008
2017
The World Cup's Opening Ceremony.

It was the main event of the year's Festival of World Cups. Fourteen teams contested the tournament: Australia, England, New Zealand, Samoa, Wales, Fiji, France, Papua New Guinea, Ireland, Scotland, Tonga, Cook Islands, Italy and the United States. The latter two were competing in the Rugby League World Cup for the very first time.[6]

New Zealand were the defending champions, having defeated Australia in 2008. Australia won the tournament, beating New Zealand 34–2 in the final to lift the trophy for the tenth time.[7][8]

In terms of attendance, exposure and revenue, the 2013 tournament is considered the most successful Rugby League World Cup to date.[9]

Contents

OrganisationEdit

 
Representatives of the game with the trophy at Leeds Central Library.

BackgroundEdit

The Rugby League International Federation confirmed this competition as a part of its international program. The RLIF announced a five-year plan to build up to the 2013 World Cup with Four Nations tournaments held in 2009, 2010 and 2011. The competition was part of the UK's "Golden Decade of Sport".[10] 2013 was chosen as the year of the World Cup to avoid a clash with the London Olympics in 2012.[11] After 2013, the Cup will be held on a quadrennial cycle.

Host selectionEdit

In addition to the United Kingdom, Australia announced its intention to bid for the hosting rights, despite hosting the previous World Cup in 2008.[12] The Australian Rugby League had been preparing a rival bid due to the success of the 2008 event but the business plan presented by the Rugby Football League for the UK to be the host was accepted by the RLIF at a meeting in July 2009.[11][13] The event forms part of what is being dubbed a 'Golden Decade' in British Sport.[2]

The UK last hosted the World Cup in 2000, with the event generally being considered unsuccessful.[11]

Prince Charles welcomed representatives of all 14 nations and tournament organisers with a reception at Clarence House.[14]

QualificationEdit

There were two qualifying pools for the remaining two World Cup places; a European and an Atlantic pool, with one side from each to qualify.

The European Qualifying group involved Italy, Lebanon, Russia and Serbia while the Atlantic Qualifying group involved Jamaica, South Africa and the USA.[15] In the Atlantic Qualifiers the United States and Jamaica defeated South Africa in the opening rounds leaving the final match between the two to determine who qualified for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. United States defeated Jamaica to qualify for their first ever Rugby League World Cup.[16]

TeamsEdit

The competition featured fourteen teams, compared to ten in 2008.[1] Originally around twenty teams were to be involved in qualification,[17] but subsequently the total number of teams involved in the tournament was fixed at nineteen. Twelve nations automatically qualified; the ten nations that contested the previous World Cup, Wales as winners of the 2009 European Nations Cup[18] and the Cook Islands as runners up in the 2009 Pacific Cup.[19]

Team Nickname Coach Captain RLIF rank
  Australia (14th appearance) The Kangaroos Tim Sheens Cameron Smith 1
  Cook Islands (2nd appearance) The Kukis David Fairleigh Zeb Taia 18
  England (5th appearance) The Wall of White Steve McNamara Kevin Sinfield 3
  Fiji (4th appearance) The Bati Rick Stone Petero Civoniceva 7
  France (14th appearance) Les Chanticleers Richard Agar Olivier Elima 4
  Ireland (3rd appearance) The Wolfhounds Mark Aston Liam Finn 9
  Italy (1st appearance) The Azzurri Carlo Napolitano Anthony Minichiello 13
  New Zealand (14th appearance) The Kiwis Stephen Kearney Simon Mannering 2
  Papua New Guinea (6th appearance) The Kumuls Adrian Lam Neville Costigan 6
  Samoa (4th appearance) Toa Samoa Matt Parish Harrison Hansen 8
  Scotland (3rd appearance) The Bravehearts Steve McCormack Danny Brough 11
  Tonga (4th appearance) Mate Ma'a Tonga Charlie Tonga Brent Kite 10
  United States (1st appearance) The Tomahawks Terry Matterson Joseph Paulo 12
  Wales (4th appearance) The Dragons Iestyn Harris Craig Kopczak 5

Match officialsEdit

Rules and officiating panel: Daniel Anderson, Stuart Cummings and David Waite.[20]

Pre-tournament matchesEdit

Before the World Cup it was announced that USA would face France in Toulouse,[22] Scotland would play Papua New Guinea at Featherstone,[23] England would play Italy at Salford,[24] New Zealand would play the Cook Islands in Doncaster[25] and England Knights would play Samoa at Salford.[26]

18 October 2013 France   18–22   United States Stade des Minimes, Toulouse
19 October 2013 Rochdale Hornets   0–78   Fiji Spotland Stadium, Rochdale
19 October 2013 England   14–15   Italy AJ Bell Stadium, Eccles[27]
19 October 2013 England Knights   52–16   Samoa AJ Bell Stadium, Eccles[28]
19 October 2013 Papua New Guinea   38–20   Scotland Post Office Road, Featherstone[29]
20 October 2013 New Zealand   50–0   Cook Islands Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster[30]

VenuesEdit

The games were played at various venues in England, Wales, Ireland, and France.

Group stage venuesEdit

Matches were subject to a bidding process run by the Rugby Football League.

The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff was the host stadium for the opening ceremony and a double header featuring hosts England playing Australia and Wales taking on Italy.[19] The decision to play England vs Australia in Cardiff to open the tournament drew criticism from some in the press who believed that the game should have been played in England where a higher attendance could be expected, or at least a full house which would have looked better than the almost half empty Millennium Stadium.[31]

  Cardiff   Limerick   Hull   Huddersfield   Leeds   St. Helens
Millennium Stadium Thomond Park[32] KC Stadium John Smith's Stadium Headingley Langtree Park
Capacity: 74,500 Capacity: 26,500 Capacity: 25,586 Capacity: 24,500 Capacity: 21,062 Capacity: 18,000
           
  Avignon   Warrington   Halifax   Perpignan   Bristol   Salford
Parc des Sports Halliwell Jones Stadium[33] The Shay Stade Gilbert Brutus Memorial Stadium Salford City Stadium
Capacity: 17,518 Capacity: 15,200 Capacity: 14,061 Capacity: 13,000 Capacity: 12,100 Capacity: 12,000
           
  Leigh   Wrexham   Rochdale   Hull   Workington   Neath
Leigh Sports Village Racecourse Ground Spotland Craven Park Derwent Park[34] The Gnoll
Capacity: 11,000 Capacity: 10,500 Capacity: 10,249 Capacity: 10,000 Capacity: 10,000 Capacity: 5,000
           

Knock-out stage venuesEdit

Headingley in Leeds, the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington, the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham and the DW Stadium in Wigan hosted the quarter-finals. Both semi-finals were hosted at Wembley Stadium, with the final held at Old Trafford.

  London   Manchester   Wigan
Wembley Stadium Old Trafford DW Stadium
Capacity: 90,000 Capacity: 76,212 Capacity: 25,133
     

Match summaryEdit

The match schedule was announced on 22 March 2012.[35] The Rugby League International Federation announced the kickoff times of the matches, with the opening kickoff to be held on 26 October in Cardiff, at 14:30 local time. The group stage matches will be played at 14:00, 14:30, 16:00, 16:30, 18:00, and 20:00 local time, with knockout stage matches at 13:00, 15:00, and 20:00 local time. The semi-finals will be played at 13:00 and 15:30 local time and the final, on 30 November 2013 at the Old Trafford stadium, at 14:30 local time.

Group stageEdit

The draw, undertaken at the launch of the event in Manchester on 30 November 2010, involved four groups[19] The first two groups are made up of four teams whilst the other two groups feature three teams each. There will be a quarter-final round made up of the first three teams in the first two groups and the winners of each of the smaller groups. 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.[19]

Key to colours in group tables
Advances to knockout stage

Group AEdit

 
England vs. Ireland, at the John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield. England won 42–0
Team
Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− Pts
  Australia 3 3 0 0 20 112 22 +90 6
  England 3 2 0 1 18 96 40 +56 4
  Fiji 3 1 0 2 8 46 82 –36 2
  Ireland 3 0 0 3 3 14 124 –110 0
26 October 2013 Australia   28–20   England Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
28 October 2013 Fiji   32–14   Ireland Spotland Stadium, Rochdale
2 November 2013 England   42–0   Ireland John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield
2 November 2013 Australia   34–2   Fiji Langtree Park, St Helens
9 November 2013 England   34–12   Fiji KC Stadium, Hull
9 November 2013 Australia   50–0   Ireland Thomond Park, Limerick

Group BEdit

 
France vs New Zealand at Parc des Sports, Avignon. New Zealand won 48–0.
Team
Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− Pts
  New Zealand 3 3 0 0 26 146 34 +112 6
  Samoa 3 2 0 1 14 84 52 +32 4
  France 3 1 0 2 2 15 78 –63 2
  Papua New Guinea 3 0 0 3 5 22 103 –81 0
27 October 2013 Papua New Guinea   8–9   France Craven Park, Hull
27 October 2013 New Zealand   42–24   Samoa Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington
1 November 2013 New Zealand   48–0   France Parc des Sports, Avignon
4 November 2013 Papua New Guinea   4–38   Samoa Craven Park, Hull
8 November 2013 New Zealand   56–10   Papua New Guinea Headingley, Leeds
11 November 2013 France   6–22   Samoa Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan
 
Scotland vs. Italy at Derwent Park, Workington. The game finished 30–30.

Group CEdit

Team
Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− Pts
  Scotland 3 2 1 0 13 78 62 +16 5
  Tonga 3 2 0 1 12 62 42 +20 4
  Italy 3 1 1 1 11 62 62 0 3
29 October 2013 Tonga   24–26   Scotland Derwent Park, Workington
3 November 2013 Scotland   30–30   Italy Derwent Park, Workington
10 November 2013 Tonga   16–0   Italy The Shay, Halifax
 
Wales vs. Cook Islands at The Gnoll, Neath. The Cook Islands won 28–24.

Group DEdit

Team
Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− Pts
  United States 3 2 0 1 13 64 58 +6 4
  Cook Islands 3 1 0 2 12 64 78 –14 2
  Wales 3 0 0 3 11 56 84 –28 0
30 October 2013 United States   32–20   Cook Islands Memorial Stadium, Bristol
3 November 2013 Wales   16–24   United States Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
10 November 2013 Wales   24–28   Cook Islands The Gnoll, Neath

Inter-group matchesEdit

26 October 2013 Wales   16–32   Italy Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
5 November 2013 Tonga   22–16   Cook Islands Leigh Sports Village, Leigh
7 November 2013 Scotland   22–8   United States AJ Bell Stadium, Eccles

Knockout stageEdit

 
Quarter-final No. 3 England vs. France at the DW Stadium, Wigan. England won 34–6
 
Quarter-final No. 4 Samoa vs. Fiji at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, Wariington. Fiji won 22–4

Quarter-finals will follow the group stage, with three teams from each of Groups A and B and one team from each of Groups C and D qualifying.

All times listed below are in Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0) for English and Welsh venues.

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
         
A1   Australia 62
D1   United States 0
A1   Australia 64
A3   Fiji 0
B2   Samoa 4
A3   Fiji 22
A1   Australia 34
B1   New Zealand 2
A2   England 34
B3   France 6
A2   England 18
B1   New Zealand 20
B1   New Zealand 40
C1   Scotland 4

Quarter-finalsEdit

15 November 2013
20:00
New Zealand   40–4   Scotland
Try: Goodwin (2) 8' m, 71' m
Bromwich 15' c
Tuivasa-Sheck (2) 20' m, 50' c
Pritchard 27' c
Johnson 30' c
Vatuvei 58' m
Goal: Johnson (4/8) 17, 28', 31', 51'
Report[36] Try: Hurst 67' m
Goal: Brough (0/1)
Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds
Attendance: 16,207
Referee: Ben Cummins (Australia)
Man of the Match: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (New Zealand)

16 November 2013
13:00
Australia   62–0   United States
Try: Hayne (4) 3' m, 57' c, 70' c, 79' c
Inglis (2) 11' c, 50' c
Morris (4) 21' m, 26' m, 35' m, 39' m
Smith 23' c
Cronk 28' c
Goal: Thurston (7/12) 12', 23', 28', 50', 57', 70', 79'
Report[37]
The Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
Attendance: 5,762
Referee: Henry Perenara (New Zealand)
Man of the Match: Brett Morris

16 November 2013
20:00
England   34–6   France
Try: Charnley (2) 11' c, 25' m
Hall (2) 18' c, 28' c
O'Loughlin 47' c
Ferres 77' c
Goal: Sinfield (5/6) 11', 18', 28', 47', 77'
Report[38] Duport 5' c
Goal: Bosc (1/1) 5'
DW Stadium, Wigan
Attendance: 22,276
Referee: Ashley Klein (Australia)
Man of the Match: Sam Tomkins

17 November 2013
15:00
Samoa   4–22   Fiji
Try: Winterstein 58' m Report[39] Try: Groom 5' c
W. Naiqama 32' c
Roqica 78' c
Goal: W. Naiqama (5/5) 5', 8', 32', 71', 78'
Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington
Attendance: 12,766
Referee: Richard Silverwood (England)
Man of the Match: Aaron Groom

Semi-finalsEdit

23 November 2013
13:00
New Zealand   20–18   England
Try: Tuivasa-Sheck (2) 31' c, 44' m
Johnson 80' c
Goal: Johnson (4/5) 33', 38', 53' 80'
Report[40] Try: O'Loughlin 16' c
Watkins 58' m
S. Burgess 67' c
Goal: Sinfield (3/4) 17', 25', 68'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 67,545
Referee: Ben Cummins (Australia)
Man of the Match: Sam Burgess

23 November 2013
15:30
Australia   64–0   Fiji
Try: Thurston 9' c
Darius Boyd (2) 15' m, 59' c
Cronk 19' c
Hayne (3) 22' c, 37' c, 68' c
Papalii 35'c
Tamou 53' c
Morris 72' c
Fifita 79' c
Goal: Thurston (10/11) 10', 20', 23', 36', 39', 55', 60', 69', 73', 80'
Report[41]
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 67,545
Referee: Richard Silverwood (England)
Man of the Match: Johnathan Thurston

FinalEdit

30 November 2013
14:30
New Zealand   2–34   Australia
Tries:



Goals:
Shaun Johnson (1/1) 16'
Report[42] Tries:
Billy Slater (2) 19' c, 41' c
Cooper Cronk 30' c
Brett Morris (2) 52' c, 72' c
Goals:
Johnathan Thurston (7/7) 4', 19', 30', 35', 41', 52', 72'
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 74,468[43]
Referee: Richard Silverwood  
Man of the Match: Johnathan Thurston  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 1   Kevin Locke
RW 2   Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
LC 3   Dean Whare
RC 4   Bryson Goodwin
LW 5   Manu Vatuvei
SO 6   Kieran Foran
SH 7   Shaun Johnson
PR 8   Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
HK 9   Isaac Luke
PR 10   Jesse Bromwich
SR 11   Simon Mannering (c)
SR 12   Sonny Bill Williams
LF 13   Elijah Taylor
Substitutions:
IC 14   Frank-Paul Nu'uausala
IC 15   Sam Kasiano
IC 16   Ben Matulino
IC 17   Alex Glenn
Coach:
  Stephen Kearney
FB 1   Billy Slater
RW 2   Brett Morris
RC 3   Greg Inglis
LC 4   Jarryd Hayne
LW 5   Darius Boyd
SO 6   Johnathan Thurston
SH 7   Cooper Cronk
PR 8   Matt Scott
HK 9   Cameron Smith (c)
PR 10   James Tamou
SR 11   Greg Bird
SR 12   Sam Thaiday
LF 13   Paul Gallen
Substitutions:
IC 14   Daly Cherry-Evans
IC 15   Josh Papalii
IC 16   Andrew Fifita
IC 17   Corey Parker
Coach:
  Tim Sheens
Touch Judges:Video Referee:

1st halfEdit

After Australia kicked off,[44] a New Zealand error in the first set of the game led to an early opportunity and field position for Australia, and the penalty was kicked by Johnathan Thurston to open the scoring to 2–0. The Kiwis suffered an early blow when after just one touch of the ball, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck had a recurrence of an ankle injury that forced him from the field after just 8 minutes with second rower Alex Glenn his replacement, forcing a re-shuffle with Simon Mannering moving to the centres and Dean Whare to the wing. Australia weren't without their problems though as soon after Jarryd Hayne went down with an apparent concussion after colliding with the hip of Simon Mannering while tackling the Kiwi captain, though the Kangaroos centre would remain on the field. Further play from the Kiwis brought them into the Australian half of the field, and a holding penalty then given by the Australians was kicked by Shaun Johnson to level the score to 2–2 at the 16 minute mark. Despite Old Trafford having an in-goal area of just 4.1m, Australia were able to force a line drop-out.[45] From this, Thurston was able to kick to Billy Slater, setting up the first four-pointer which Thurston also converted to make the score 8–2. A try attempt by Cooper Cronk was controversially [46] disallowed by the video referee, who ruled Isaac Luke had been able to stop the ball coming into contact with the in-goal grass while also giving New Zealand a penalty against Andrew Fifita for 'driving' Luke. Cronk didn't have to wait long to score though, as a few minutes later Darius Boyd got around Whare and raced down the wing before putting in a miss-kicked grubber which Cronk managed to find to go over and score despite a desperate Kevin Locke tackle. Thurston kicked his 3rd goal from 3 attempts to take the score out to 14–2. Thurston's conversion of Cronk's try saw him overtake Michael Cronin as Australia's highest point scorer in test match football. Manu Vatuvei's attacking run for New Zealand saw him pushed over the sideline 5 metres out by 5 desperate Australian defenders, and an offside penalty at the 35 minute mark gave Thurston another kick to bring the score out to 16–2 at halftime.[47]

2nd halfEdit

Billy Slater opened the scoring on the first set of the second half, thanks to break by captain Cameron Smith who passed outside to Thurston who found Darius Boyd who raced down the sideline and found Slater in support as Kiwi fullback Kevin Locke loomed in defence. This gave Thurston another chance to convert and bring the score to 22–2. A charge-down by Ben Matulino and regather from Sonny Bill Williams led to New Zealand beginning attack at halfway. More potential attack from the Kiwis was defused easily by the Australians, until a New Zealand grubber gave possession back to the Australians. A flick offload from Josh Papalii led to a chip kick from Brett Morris, regathered and then re-kicked by Jarryd Hayne led to a sliding Morris try. A conversion by Thurston brought the score out to 28–2. Both teams were having issues with the geography of the ground, as Morris collided with the signage during his try and a flying Manu Vatuvei landed awkwardly on the concrete surrounding the field. Australia's control of the game led to the New Zealanders forced into defense of their own line, defusing Australia's attack but not managing any successful attack of their own. A near 100 metre try by Morris, thanks to a 70-metre intercept run by Hayne, and conversion by Thurston made the score 34–2 with eight minutes to go.[48]

Australian scrum half back Johnathan Thurston was named the final's man-of-the-match, his fourth such award of the tournament.[49] His conversion of Cronk's first half try also broke Mick Cronin's 31-year-old record of 309 Test points for the Kangaroos.[50][51] The 32-point margin set a new record for heaviest victory in a final, eclipsing Australia’s 40–12 victory over the Kiwis in the same stadium in 2000.[52][53]

Try scorersEdit

9
8
5
4
3
2
1

AttendancesEdit

Seven grounds achieved sell-out crowds, with four setting stadium records. Games held in both Wales and Ireland were watched by the biggest crowds ever for rugby league internationals in those countries.[54] The final was played in front of the largest crowd ever to attend an international rugby league fixture.[55]

Date Teams Venue Location Attendance
26 October 2013   Australia   England Millennium Stadium Cardiff 45,052
26 October 2013   Wales   Italy Millennium Stadium Cardiff 45,052
27 October 2013   Papua New Guinea   France Craven Park Hull 7,481
27 October 2013   New Zealand   Samoa Halliwell Jones Stadium Warrington 14,965
28 October 2013   Fiji   Ireland Spotland Rochdale 8,872
29 October 2013   Tonga   Scotland Derwent Park Workington 7,630
30 October 2013   United States   Cook Islands Memorial Stadium Bristol 7,247
1 November 2013   New Zealand   France Parc des Sports Avignon 17,158
2 November 2013   England   Ireland John Smith's Stadium Huddersfield 24,375
2 November 2013   Australia   Fiji Langtree Park St. Helens 14,137
3 November 2013   Wales   United States Racecourse Ground Wrexham 8,019
3 November 2013   Scotland   Italy Derwent Park Workington 7,280[56]
4 November 2013   Papua New Guinea   Samoa Craven Park Hull 6,871
5 November 2013   Tonga   Cook Islands Leigh Sports Village Leigh 10,554
7 November 2013   Scotland   United States AJ Bell Stadium Eccles 6,041
8 November 2013   New Zealand   Papua New Guinea Headingley Leeds 18,180
9 November 2013   England   Fiji KC Stadium Hull 25,114
9 November 2013   Australia   Ireland Thomond Park Limerick 5,021
10 November 2013   Wales   Cook Islands The Gnoll Neath 3,720
10 November 2013   Tonga   Italy The Shay Halifax 10,226
11 November 2013   France   Samoa Stade Gilbert Brutus Perpignan 11,576
15 November 2013   New Zealand   Scotland Headingley Leeds 16,207
16 November 2013   Australia   United States Racecourse Ground Wrexham 5,762
16 November 2013   England   France DW Stadium Wigan 22,276
17 November 2013   Samoa   Fiji Halliwell Jones Stadium Warrington 12,776
23 November 2013   New Zealand   England Wembley London 67,545
23 November 2013   Australia   Fiji Wembley London 67,545
30 November 2013   Australia   New Zealand Old Trafford Manchester 74,468

BroadcastingEdit

Country Channel televising all matches
  Australia 7mate[57]
  France beIN Sport[58]
  Ireland Setanta Sports 1[59]
North Africa and the Middle East OSN[60]
  New Zealand Sky Sport[61]
  Papua New Guinea EM TV[62]
  United Kingdom Premier Sports*

* The BBC and Premier Sports jointly televised seven live matches with the remaining 21 live matches exclusive to Premier Sports. The jointly live matches were England’s Group A matches (BBC One)[63][64][65], an inter-group match between Wales and Italy[66] and a quarter-final[67] (both on BBC Two), a semi-final[68] and the final[69] (both on BBC One). The jointly televised quarter-final and semi-final involved England.

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