Australia

  • Team Name
    Kangaroos
  • First Appearance
    1953
  • RLWC2013 Group
    Group A
  • RLWC2013 Opponents
    England, Fiji and Ireland
  • Last Win
    2000
  • Players to watch
    Billy Slater, Cameron Smith and Greg Inglis
Greg Bird
G.Bird
Darius Boyd
D.Boyd
Daly Cherry-Evans
D.Cherry-Evans
Boyd Cordner
B.Cordner
Cooper Cronk
C.Cronk
Robbie Farah
R.Farah
Andrew Fifita
A.Fifita
Paul Gallen
P.Gallen
Jarryd Hayne
J.Hayne
Greg Inglis
G.Inglis
Michael Jennings
M.Jennings
Luke Lewis
L.Lewis
Josh Morris
J.Morris
Brett Morris
B.Morris
Nate Myles
N.Myles
Josh Papalii
J.Papalii
Corey Parker
C.Parker
Matthew Scott
M.Scott
Billy Slater
B.Slater
Cameron Smith
C.Smith
James Tamou
J.Tamou
Brent Tate
B.Tate
Sam Thaiday
S.Thaiday
Johnathan Thurston
J.Thurston

Group A

Sat Oct 26 KO: 2:30pm MILLENNIUM STADIUM
CARDIFF
Australia
28-20
England
REPORT
Sat Nov 02 KO: 8:00pm LANGTREE PARK
ST HELENS
Australia
34-2
Fiji
REPORT
Sat Nov 09 KO: 8:00pm THOMOND PARK
LIMERICK
Australia
50-0
Ireland
REPORT

Quarter Finals

Sat Nov 16 KO: 1:00pm GLYNDWR UNIVERSITY RACECOURSE STADIUM
WREXHAM
Australia
62-0
USA
REPORT

Semi Finals

Sat Nov 23 KO: 3:30pm THE BIG HIT, WEMBLEY STADIUM
LONDON
Australia
64-0
Fiji
BUY TICKETS

Final

Sat Nov 30 KO: 2:30pm OLD TRAFFORD
MANCHESTER
New Zealand
2-34
Australia
REPORT

A bit of History

The Kangaroos are the most successful team in Rugby League World Cup history, having won nine of the 13 World Cups contested.

In fact, such has been their dominance of the sport they have failed to make the World Cup final just once: the very first tournament played in 1954.

But the Australians – and their fans – are still smarting from their 2008 World Cup Final defeat at the hands of New Zealand, which stunned the home crowd at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.

So they’ll come to Europe keen to re-establish a World Cup stranglehold that previously went all the way back to 1975.

For the first time in a long time there’ll be no Darren Lockyer in the Aussie ranks, but the depth of talent at their disposal means that they will once again start as tournament favourites.

Australia’s pedigree within the sport is renowned throughout the world. The country has produced some of the greatest players ever to have graced the field, from the ‘godfather’ of Australian Rugby League, Dally Messenger, through to current International Player of the Year and Player of the Tournament in 2008, Billy Slater.

The formation of Rugby League in Australia in 1907 was largely down to that man Messenger, who defected from Rugby Union to join the newly-formed professional league in New South Wales.  

Messenger starred in New Zealand’s 1907 ‘All Golds’ tour of Great Britain, returning to these shores the following year as skipper of the first ever touring ‘Kangaroos’. His team played its first ever international Test against Britain’s ‘Northern Union XIII’ in London, Messenger kicking five goals in a 22-22 draw.

Messenger’s legend lives on through the Dally M Medal, awarded each year to Australian Rugby League’s most outstanding performer.