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Australia vs England Rugby League World Cup Final Preview and Team News - Australia to clinch 11th World Cup title

Andrew Hendrie 29 Nov 2017
  • Australia square off against England in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup final on Saturday night in Brisbane
  • Australia have won their last 12 encounters
  • England have never won the World Cup
Australia face England in the World Cup final on Saturday night

Australia target an unprecedented 11th Rugby League World Cup title when they host England in the final at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday night.

Defending champions Australia go in search of an 11th World Cup crown against England on Saturday night as the two teams clash for the second time this competition.

The Kangaroos prevailed 18-4 in the World Cup opener earlier this month, and having raised their level through the knockout stages, it would take a monumental effort from England to deny the reigning champions a successful title defence.

Australia did what needed to be done throughout the group stage, but they’ve gone to another level from the quarter-finals onwards, demolishing Samoa and Fiji by a combined scoreline of 100-6.

England on the other hand were far less convincing, ending the run of Papua New Guinea in the quarter-finals but struggling against surprise packets Tonga, with the island nation almost pulling off the greatest comeback in World Cup history only to fall two points short. England got the 20-18 victory, but that performance won’t be enough to trouble the Kangaroos.

Gareth Widdop has been a revelation at fullback for England, scoring a try and setting up two others against Tonga, but England have suffered a big blow with star hooker Josh Hodgson ruled out for the next nine months after suffering an ACL injury last weekend.

Australia meanwhile are expected to field a full-strength line-up from their squad, with winger Valentine Holmes coming into the final off a six-try haul against Fiji, becoming the first player from Australia to score six tries in a Test.

Australia are on a 12-game winning streak against England dating back to 1995, the last time England made the World Cup final. England have never won the tournament as their own nation, with Great Britain the last team from the Northern Hemisphere to win the World Cup all the way back in 1972. Australia have won seven of the last eight World Cups, and playing at home in improving as the competition as gone on, they should cruise to another piece of silverware on Saturday night.

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  • Australia have won the last 12 games between the sides
  • England have never won the World Cup
  • Australia have won seven of the last eight World Cups

Teams


Australia: 1. Billy Slater 2. Dane Gagai 3. Will Chambers 4. Josh Dugan 5. Valentine Holmes 6. Michael Morgan 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Aaron Woods 9. Cameron Smith 10. David Klemmer 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Matt Gillett 13. Josh McGuire 14. Wade Graham 15. Jordan McLean 16. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 17. Tyson Frizell 18. Felise Kaufusi 19. Tom Trbojevic 20. Josh Mansour 21. James Maloney

England: 1. Gareth Widdop 2. Jermaine McGillvary 3. Kallum Watkins 4. John Bateman 5. Ryan Hall 6. Kevin Brown 7. Luke Gale 8. Chris Hill 9. James Roby 10. James Graham 11. Sam Burgess 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Sean O’Loughlin 14. Alex Walmsley 15. Thomas Burgess 16. Ben Currie 17. Chris Heighington 18. Jonny Lomax 19. Scott Taylor 20. George Williams 21. Mark Percival

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Australia vs England Rugby League World Cup Final Preview and Team News - Australia to clinch 11th World Cup title

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