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Thu 21 November

Wembley's Big Hit will excite and enthral

Wembley's Big Hit will excite and enthral

On Saturday, the world’s four best Rugby League nations will collide at one of international sport’s most famous stadiums as The Big Hit double header of Rugby League World Cup 2013 Semi-Finals hits Wembley.

At stake is a place in the Rugby League World Cup Final at Old Trafford, where a world champion will be crowned, and for two teams the dream will move closer to reality on one action-packed afternoon of world-class sport.

In the afternoon’s first game, New Zealand face England for the first time in two years, and the Kiwis will be out for revenge following defeat at the KC Stadium at the 2011 Four Nations.

And they’ll be confident of knocking out the hosts and booking their place in the Final following a fantastic run of form at RLWC2013, and having scored more than 180 points in just four matches.

The imperious form of Sonny Bill Williams, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Shaun Johnson and Issac Luke has seen the Kiwis emerge as genuine prospects to defend the title they won in 2008.

Standing in their way will be England, whose only defeat so far at the tournament came at the hands of Australia at the Millennium Stadium on the opening day of RLWC2013.

Since then, Steve McNamara’s men have disposed of Ireland, Fiji and France to take their place at Wembley, and with Ryan Hall, Sam Tomkins, Sam Burgess and James Graham all showing good form, a close encounter with New Zealand is anticipated.

In the afternoon’s second match, the white-hot Kangaroos face Fiji for a place in the final, and an opportunity to right the wrongs of five years ago, when they were beaten on home soil by New Zealand in the RLWC2008 Final.

Since that defeat, Australia have re-established themselves as international Rugby League’s dominant force, and have underlined their world title credentials with some phenomenal displays in attack and defence at RLWC2013.

Since overcoming England’s spirited challenge in Cardiff, the Kangaroos haven’t conceded a single try, and with ball in hand they have shown a devastating cutting edge to break down the defences of Ireland, Fiji and USA.

Expect Greg Inglis, Jaryd Hayne, Brett Morris and Cooper Cronk to be at the forefront for the Kangaroos on Saturday, as they seek a repeat of their 34-2 win over the Bati in the group stages.

The Fijians face another daunting task when they walk out at Wembley, but head coach Rick Stone insists his side have what it takes to challenge the green and gold, after they emerged worthy winners over Samoa in last Sunday’s final Quarter-Final clash.

The form of veteran prop forward Peter Civoniceva, who could be playing in his final Rugby League game, flying winger Akuila Uate, Ashton Sims and Wes Naiqama will be vital to the Bati’s hopes of halting the Australian juggernaut.

The Big Hit promises two spectacular international Rugby League encounters at one of sport’s most famous amphitheatres.

With ticket sales already topping 65,000, a fantastic atmosphere is guaranteed, and there is still time for you to #bethere and be a part of international Rugby League’s explosive return to Wembley Stadium.

Adult admission for two world-class sporting fixtures at Wembley is available at an unbeatable £20, and kids can #bethere from just £10.

To make sure you'll #bethere buy now at www.rlwc2013.com/tickets or call the 24-hour Ticket Hotline on 0844 847 2013.

 

Wembley's Big Hit will excite and enthral

Results

Rugby League World Cup
Sat 23 NovNew Zealand 20-18 England
Sun 17 NovSamoa 4-22 Fiji
Sat 16 NovEngland 34-6 France
Fri 15 NovNew Zealand 40-4 Scotland
Mon 11 NovFrance 6-22 Samoa
Sun 10 NovWales 24-28 Cook Islands
Sat 09 NovEngland 34-12 Fiji
Fri 08 NovNew Zealand 56-10 Papua New Guinea
Thu 07 NovScotland 22-8 USA
Tue 05 NovTonga 22-16 Cook Islands

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