England have lifted World Cups in cricket, soccer, and rugby union however not as an unbiased nation in rugby league. It’s one thing of a curious omission from its set of sporting accolades.
Nice Britain had been world champions of this code 3 times, profitable the inaugural crown in 1954, then once more in 1960 and 1972. Since 1995 onwards, nevertheless, England, Wales and Scotland have all competed on the Rugby League World Cup individually.
The Three Lions have made the ultimate on three events earlier than, first in 1975 and as soon as extra in 1995 once they had been co-hosts previous to the launch of the Tremendous League. England additionally obtained to the enterprise finish of the final Rugby League World Cup in 2017 when dropping to Ashes rivals and the code’s dominant power Australia 6-0 Down Below in Brisbane.
A British aspect that contained primarily English gamers went on tour to the Southern Hemisphere in 2019 and got here away whitewashed. Defeat for the Nice Britain Lions to Tonga, New Zealand twice and Papua New Guinea is trigger for concern.
Touring definitely wasn’t as profitable or memorable because the rugby union counterparts, the British and Irish Lions, who drew their 2017 Check collection in opposition to the All Blacks. Regardless of a Pacific journey to neglect, England are 8.00 third-favourites within the rugby league betting on the World Cup within the outright market.
House benefit should to some extent be factored into that value. There’s a cautionary story from the opposite code, nevertheless, nonetheless recent within the thoughts of rugby followers. When the union World Cup of 2015 happened in England (and Wales), the Purple Rose wilted below the strain and made a humbling pool stage exit.
It’s price declaring that the Three Lions don’t face something like as tough a gaggle on the league event finals, although. Solely Samoa, ranked 4 locations beneath England on the planet, could pose an issue.
The 2021 Rugby League World Cup Draw has been introduced in a single day at Buckingham Palace. Samoa has been drawn in Group A with England, France and Greece.
Samoa will face England within the opening match of the event, kicking off on October 23 subsequent 12 months in Newcastle, England. pic.twitter.com/mzpaSJXCTc
— Toa Samoa (@RLSamoa) January 16, 2020
If the group stage is obvious crusing on paper with the Three Lions additionally going through France and Greece, rated the eighth and eleventh greatest rugby league nations on the planet, what of the knockout section? Offered they win Group A, then they face runners-up from essentially the most open pool on the event.
Group D accommodates Tonga and Papua New Guinea, the exact same nations who topped and tailed the dismal Nice Britain Lions Tour. England could should face them each, one on the quarter-final stage and the opposite within the semis.
The way in which that the Rugby League World Cup draw has panned out means the Three Lions can solely face 11-time winners Australia or New Zealand within the remaining. That is the opposition, which picks its roster from the perfect gamers the NRL has to supply, that England come unstuck in opposition to again and again.
With the Kangaroos red-hot odds-on favourites to make it a dozen Rugby League World Cup wins, and New Zealand subsequent greatest, the event hosts have all of it to do, even when bolstered by dwelling assist they navigate a path to assembly both.