Rugby League World Cup Round-Up

Rugby League World Cup Round-Up

30th October 2017

The 2017 Rugby League World Cup got underway last weekend, with one Vikings first team player, along with two members of the coaching team, involved on the opening weekend.

Vikings Academy product Ed Chamberlain started at centre in Ireland's impressive 36-12 victory over Italy in Cairns. Tries from Liam Kay (2), George King, Kyle Amor, Michael Morgan and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook handed the Irish a dream start to their campaign at Barlow Park. The Irish's next game is against Group leaders Papua New Guinea.

England, with assistant coach Denis Betts, fell short in the opening game of the Rugby League World Cup against Australia with an 18-4 defeat. Huddersfield winger Jermaine McGillvary opened the scoring in the corner, but tries from Matt Gillett, Billy Slater and a late, breakaway try from Josh Dugan handed the hosts the victory. England will now face Lebanon in their next fixture in Sydney. 

Wales, with Strength and Conditioning coach Adam Daniels, were humbled by Papua New Guinea in a 50-6 defeat in front of a fantatical crowd in Port Moresby. The home side ran in 10 tries, including a hat-trick from full back David Mead, with Regan Grace scoring the Welsh's only try in the final minute of the game. They now face Fiji in their next game in Townsville. 

In the other results, Tonga were 58-12 victors over the United States of America, New Zealand ran out 38-8 winners over Samoa, Tonga emphatically beat Scotland by 50-4 and Lebanon recorded a superb 29-18 victory over France. 

Rugby League World Cup Round-Up