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England in White. Australia in Green.

Australia won the 2017 Rugby League World Cup in a narrow 6-0 win over England. It marked the Kangaroos eleventh victory in the history of the event. This was England’s first return to the final in 22-years.

Brian Cordner scored the game’s only try at the 14th-minute of the first half on a short run. A second Ozzie try was nullified in the second half for obstruction.

The match welcomed a full crowd at Brisbane Stadium, where Australia was rooted on by the host country fans.

Back in England, Rugby League fans watched on a big screen inside Leeds Stadium. For the rest of the country, but especially in the rugby union center in the south, the World Cup generated scant interest. There continues to be a division in North-South rugby loyalty between League and Union, where the twain never meets. Only, in long ago past English Midland Sevens tournaments, have these two disparate formats met in competitive play.

To catch a view of the final, and to see how the thirteen-player game is contested, access: