1957 Rugby League World Cup
Great Britain were favourites, with many expecting them to repeat their 1954 win.
The opening day attracted enormous attention, with more than 80,000 attending (50,000 in Sydney / 30,000 Brisbane). Two days later another 60,000 filed into the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), and cheered on the home team to a 31-6 victory over Great Britain.
Australia, captain-coached by the classy Newtown and Wests inside centre Dick Poole, won the World Cup for the first time after they defeated France 26-9 before another 35,000 in Sydney – the win left the Kangaroos four points ahead of the other three nations on the tournament table.
The World Cup had proved to be a tremendous success, particularly in Sydney where in the space of a week, 145,000 fans had watched three matches. With no Final required, a “Rest of the World” team took on Australia at the SCG, with the Dick Poole’s team winning 20-11.
Great Britain beat France: 23 - 5 at Sydney. Attendance: 50,007
Australia beat New Zealand: 25 - 5 at Brisbane. Attendance: 29,636
Australia beat Great Britain: 31 - 6 at Sydney. Attendance: 57,955
France beat New Zealand: 14 - 10 at Brisbane. Attendance: 28,000
Australia beat France: 26 - 9 at Sydney. Attendance: 35,158
New Zealand beat Great Britain: 29 - 21 at Sydney. Attendance: 14,263