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Rugby League World Cup


I bet the BBC Re regretting taking the rights and promoting this competition.

Far too many mismatches, half empty stadiums - not great.



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Well. Rugby League is a great sport but internationally it has suffered for a long time. There always have been only 3 nations of strength, Aus, NZ and England. The next tier is really the pacific islands, Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, PNG and France
Sit with them. The other nations are way below really, Lebanon are all Aussies in disguise though.

So there have always been mismatches in the World Cup and theyve historically tinkered with the format to try and create more
Sense of jeopardy. The field levelled up a bit this year as the representation rules changed and the pacific islands have gained a lot of players from NZ who are now eligible for their islands of heritage. But the reality has been that the games still havent been tight
Enough.

The two matches that could have been close were scheduled last in the group stages- but Samoa thrashed France tonight. Tomorrow Papua New Guinea v Wales could be close.

The last 8 of Australia v Lebanon, NZ v Fiji, England v PNG or Wales and Tonga v Samoa could be close and the last match harder to call. Last World Cup, Tonga amazed many and could reach the last 4 again. But an Aussie v England final looks likely.

The organisers heralded there would be record crowds but they are indeed down and down
On expectations and the last domestic World Cup. Which is disappointing.

I am a rugby league fan though and hope the last 8 throws up some closer matches

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Nz v Fiji v close, nz pushed all the way but join Australia and England in semis.

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That was the best game so far. Fiji were unlucky not to win, but NZ will get thrashed by Aus if they play to that level.

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Tonga v Samoa was pretty close as expected.

I don't think England will win as easily against Samoa as last time.

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paulisi wrote:

Tonga v Samoa was pretty close as expected.

I don't think England will win as easily against Samoa as last time.


 yep, Samoa have improved and did well to beat Tonga - hard to see them turning around a near 60 point loss from the opener but Im sure it will be closer this weekend. 

semis are at Elland Road for Australia and New Zealand, Emirates for England and Samoa. Hopefully we will get two big crowds. 



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Sounds like the Aussie v Kiwi semi was a cracker, best match ever being mentioned ?! Australia win 16-14 and await England or Samoa in the final, who play tomorrow

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Wow, Samoa beat England by a golden goal in extra time. Stunning - have Samoa ever reached a world final of any sport ?!

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Just watched the highlights of the wheelchair World Cup final, England beat France. What good sport that was and well done lads. Not sure how wheelchair rugby league and union differ, but I did like what I saw of this sport .

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I could see wheelchair rugby being in the paralympics at some stage

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paulisi wrote:

I could see wheelchair rugby being in the paralympics at some stage


 Wheelchair rugby is! 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheelchair_rugby_at_the_Summer_Paralympics

 

but wheelchair rugby union seems to be different to wheelchair rugby league. Id have thought the player pool was too small to support two different international sports but apparently not. How they differ rules wise, I know not 



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This is a different version to the one we have just watched.

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paulisi wrote:

This is a different version to the one we have just watched.


 Yes I know - its rugby union based as opposed to rugby league . Although how or why at the detailed level, I dont know. But they call it wheelchair rugby specifically as opposed to wheelchair rugby league 



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