England

  • Team Name
  • First Appearance
    1954
  • RLWC2013 Group
    Group A
  • RLWC2013 Opponents
    Australia, Fiji and Ireland
  • Last Win
    1972 (as Great Britain)
  • Players to watch
    Sam Burgess, Kevin Sinfield and Sam Tomkins
Carl  Ablett
C.Ablett
Tom Briscoe
T.Briscoe
George Burgess
G.Burgess
Thomas Burgess
T.Burgess
Sam Burgess
S.Burgess
Rob Burrow
R.Burrow
Joshua Charnley
J.Charnley
Rangi Chase
R.Chase
Leroy Cudjoe
L.Cudjoe
Liam Farrell
L.Farrell
Brett Ferres
B.Ferres
James Graham
J.Graham
Ryan Hall
R.Hall
Christopher Hill
C.Hill
Michael McIlorum
M.McIlorum
Lee Mossop
L.Mossop
Sean O'Loughlin
S.O'Loughlin
James Roby
J.Roby
Kevin Sinfield
K.Sinfield
Sam Tomkins
S.Tomkins
Kallum Watkins
K.Watkins
Ben Westwood
B.Westwood
Gareth Widdop
G.Widdop

Group A

Sat Oct 26 KO: 2:30pm MILLENNIUM STADIUM
CARDIFF
Australia
28-20
England
REPORT
Sat Nov 02 KO: 2:30pm THE JOHN SMITH'S STADIUM
HUDDERSFIELD
England
42-0
Ireland
REPORT
Sat Nov 09 KO: 2:30pm THE KINGSTON COMMUNICATIONS STADIUM
HULL
England
34-12
Fiji
REPORT

Quarter Finals

Sat Nov 16 KO: 8:00pm DW STADIUM
WIGAN
England
34-6
France
REPORT

Semi Finals

Sat Nov 23 KO: 1:00pm THE BIG HIT, WEMBLEY STADIUM
LONDON
New Zealand
20-18
England

A bit of History

An England or Great Britain team has appeared in all 13 World Cup finals, Great Britain winning the trophy on three occasions – including the inaugural tournament in France in 1954.

The England-only side has contested the last four tournaments (and the 1975 one) and, under Steve MacNamara, is aiming to reach the final for the first time on home soil. 

England enjoys a unique position within Rugby League history, having given birth to the sport in 1895 when disillusioned clubs from the north of England rebelled against their mainly southern counterparts over the issue of payments to players. 

The breakaway league, the Northern Union, was the predecessor to the modern day Rugby Football League. 

The first ever Rugby League international was played nine years later, in 1904, when representatives of the Northern Union (effectively an England side) were defeated 9-3 by a team of players of other nationalities. 

Rugby League began to spread its wings in the early 20th Century. In 1907, Great Britain played host to New Zealand’s famous ‘All Golds’ touring side and, a year later, Australia toured for the first time. 

In 1910, England then embarked on their first ever Rugby League tour, playing numerous games in both New Zealand and Australia. 

Since then, the country has produced some of the greatest Rugby League players of all time, with the likes of Billy Batten, Alex Murphy, Harold Wagstaff, Neil Fox and Vince Karalius immortalised in the RFL’s Hall of Fame. 

If England can emerge victorious in 2013, there could be one or two new additions.