1972 Rugby League World Cup

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1972 (1972) World Cup  ()
Number of teams 4
Host country  France
Winner  Great Britain (3rd title)

Matches played 7
Attendance 62,456 (8,922 per match)
Points scored 240 (34.29 per match)
Top scorer United Kingdom John Holmes (26)
Top try scorer Australia Bob Fulton (5)
 < 1970
1975

The sixth Rugby League World Cup was held in France in October and November 1972. Australia started as the favourites to retain the trophy they had won just two years previously. New Zealand had beaten all three of the other nations in 1971 and France were expected to be tough opponents on their home soil. In the event Great Britain confounded most expectations by running out worthy winners and levelling their tally of World Cup wins at 3–3 with the Australians.

The final was held at Stade Gerland in Lyon. Great Britain played Australia and in the end, with scores level and unchanged after extra time, claimed the cup on league placing.

This was the last World Cup to be played under the four-tackle rule.

Squads

Venues

The games were played at various venues in France.

Marseille Paris Toulouse
Stade Vélodrome Parc des Princes Stadium Municipal
Capacity: 55,000 Capacity: 48,712 Capacity: 37,000
Vue du virage Depé.jpg Paris-Parc-des-Princes.jpg Stadium de Toulouse.jpg
Perpignan Pau Grenoble
Stade Gilbert Brutus Stade du Hameau Stade Lesdiguières
Capacity: 13,000 Capacity: 12,000 Capacity: 12,000
Tribune Guasch Laborde.JPG Stade du Hameau.jpg Tribune lienard.jpg

Final Venue

Lyon
Stade de Gerland
Capacity: 45,000
Stade-Gerland-RWC2007.JPG

Results

28 October
France  20 – 9  New Zealand
Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Attendance: 20,748

France kicked off the tournament by sharing six tries with the Kiwis but a massive penalty count in their favour allowed the French to dictate play, their five goals and a drop goal to none by the Kiwis proving decisive.

29 October
Great Britain  27 – 21  Australia
Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan
Attendance: 6,300

At Perpignan a monumental struggle finally went Britain's way 27–21 against the Kangaroos, for whom Bobby Fulton grabbed three tries in a lost cause.

1 November
France  4 – 13  Great Britain
Stade Lesdiguières, Grenoble
Attendance: 5,321

Britain overcame France 13–4 to qualify for the final with outstanding second-rower Phil Lowe scoring two tries.

1 November
Australia  9 – 5  New Zealand
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 8,000

New Zealand gave Australia a hard time, the first half being scoreless, before going down 5–9.

4 November
Great Britain  53 – 19  New Zealand
Stade du Hameau, Pau
Attendance: 7,500

Britain hammered New Zealand 53–19, a World Cup record score, with young stand-off half John Holmes collecting 26 points (10 goals, 2 tries) – another World Cup record.

5 November
France  9 – 31  Australia
Stadium Municipal, Toulouse
Attendance: 10,332

Australia had to beat France at Toulouse to reach the final in the last game of the preliminaries, a task which proved well within their capabilities.

Final standings

Team Played Won Drew Lost  For  Against Difference Points
 Great Britain 3 3 0 0 93 44 +49 6
 Australia 3 2 0 1 61 41 +20 4
 France 3 1 0 2 33 53 −20 2
 New Zealand 3 0 0 3 33 82 −49 0

Final

11 November 1972
Great Britain  10 – 10
(AET)
 Australia
Tries:
Clive Sullivan
Mike Stephenson
Goals:
Terry Clawson (2)
[1] Tries:
John O'Neill
Arthur Beetson
Goals:
Ray Branighan (2)
Stade de Gerland, Lyon
Attendance: 4,231
Referee: Georges Jameau France
Great Britain
Australia
FB 1 Redscolours.svg Paul Charlton
RW 2 Hullcolours.svg Clive Sullivan (c)
RC 3 Redscolours.svg Chris Hesketh
LC 4 Saintscolours.svg John Walsh
LW 5 Rhinoscolours.svg John Atkinson
SO 6 Rhinoscolours.svg John Holmes
SH 7 Fevcolours.svg Steve Nash
PR 8 Rhinoscolours.svg Terry Clawson
HK 9 Ramscolours.svg Mike Stephenson
PR 10 Rhinoscolours.svg David Jeanes
SR 11 HKRcolours.svg Phil Lowe
SR 12 Castleford colours.svg Brian Lockwood
LF 13 Widnes colours.svg George Nicholls
Substitutions:
IC 14 Oldhamcolours.svg Bob Irving
IC 15
Coach:
England Jim Challinor
FB 1 St. George colours.svg Graeme Langlands (c)
RW 2 South Sydney colours.svg John Grant
RC 3 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Mark Harris
LC 4 Balmain colours.svg Geoff Starling
LW 5 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Ray Branighan
FE 6 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Bob Fulton
HB 7 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Dennis Ward
PR 8 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg John O'Neill
HK 9 South Sydney colours.svg Elwyn Walters
PR 10 Parramatta colours.svg Bob O'Reilly
SR 11 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Arthur Beetson
SR 12 South Sydney colours.svg Gary Stevens
LK 13 Newtown colours.svg Gary Sullivan
Substitutions:
IC 14 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Fred Jones
IC 15
Coach:
Australia Harry Bath

The French public seemed uninterested in a final that did not involve the home team, as just over 4,200 spectators turned up. The game will always be remembered by the British for their captain Clive Sullivan's wonderful long distance try[2][3] and by the Australians for perhaps "the greatest try never scored",[4] later shown on TV to be legitimately scored by Australian fullback Graeme Langlands but disallowed by French referee Georges Jameau.[5] Mike Stephenson scored the 73rd-minute try that helped Great Britain level the scores and secure the World Cup.[6] Had Aussie winger Ray Branighan succeeded with a 79th-minute penalty or Bob Fulton landed one of three drop goal attempts in the last five minutes, the cup could easily have gone to Australia. But for the first time in the competition's history the scores were level at full-time. An additional twenty minutes extra time was played, but no further score resulted, and Great Britain were awarded the cup by virtue of a better position in the table.

Group stage

The 1972 Rugby League World Cup group stage was the main component of the 1972 Rugby League World Cup, with the top two nations qualifying for the World Cup Final. The group consisted of hosts France as well as Australia, Great Britain and New Zealand.

Ladder

Team Played Won Drew Lost  For  Against Difference Points
 Great Britain 3 3 0 0 93 44 +49 6
 Australia 3 2 0 1 61 41 +20 4
 France 3 1 0 2 33 53 −20 2
 New Zealand 3 0 0 3 33 82 −49 0

France vs New Zealand

Saturday 28 October
France  20 – 9  New Zealand
Tries:
Jean-Marie Bonal (2)
Andre Ruiz
Goals:
Bernard Guilhelm (4)
Jean-Marie Bonal (1)
Field Goals:
Marius Frattini (1)
[7] Tries:
Phillip Orchard (2)
Mocky Brereton
Goals:
Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Attendance: 20,748
Referee: Georges Jameau France
France
New Zealand
FB 1 France colours.svg Roger Toujas
RW 2 France colours.svg Serge Marsolan
CE 3 France colours.svg Michael Moliner
CE 4 France colours.svg Andre Ruiz
LW 5 CarcassonneRLcolours.PNG Jean-Marie Bonal
SO 6 France colours.svg Bernard Guilhelm
SH 7 France colours.svg Marius Frattini
PR 8 France colours.svg Francis de Nadai (c)
HK 9 France colours.svg Jacques Franc
PR 10 France colours.svg Jacques Garzino
SR 11 France colours.svg Victor Serrano
SR 12 France colours.svg Serge Gleyzes
LF 13 France colours.svg Michel Anglade
Substitutions:
IC 14 France colours.svg Charles Zalduendo
IC 15
Coach:
FB 1 Wellington colours.svg John Whittaker
RW 2 Wellington colours.svg Phillip Orchard
CE 3 Canterbury colours.svg John O'Sullivan
CE 4 Canterbury colours.svg Roy Christian (c)
LW 5 North Sydney colours.svg Mocky Brereton
FE 6 Canterbury colours.svg Dennis Williams
HB 7 Canterbury colours.svg Brian Tracey
PR 8 North Sydney colours.svg Mita Mohi
HK 9 New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg Bill Burgoyne
PR 10 Wellington colours.svg Bob Paul
SR 11 Canterbury colours.svg Doug Gailey
SR 12 Canterbury colours.svg Peter Gurnick
LK 13 Canterbury colours.svg Murray Eade
Substitutions:
IC 14 North Sydney colours.svg Graeme Cooksley
IC 15 Saintscolours.svg Tony Coll
Coach:
New Zealand Des Barchard

France kicked off the tournament by sharing six tries with the Kiwis but a massive penalty count in their favour allowed the French to dictate play, their five goals and a drop goal to none by the Kiwis proving decisive.


Great Britain vs Australia

Sunday 29 October
Great Britain  27 – 21  Australia
Tries:
John Atkinson
Phil Lowe
Dennis O'Neill
Mike Stephenson
Clive Sullivan
Goals:
Terry Clawson (6/6)
[8] Tries:
Bob Fulton (3)
Tommy Raudonikis



Goals:
Graeme Langlands (4)
Field Goals:
Bob McCarthy (1)
Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan
Attendance: 6,324
Referee: Claude Teissiere France
Great Britain
Australia
FB 1 Redscolours.svg Paul Charlton
RW 2 Hullcolours.svg Clive Sullivan (c)
CE 3 Redscolours.svg Chris Hesketh
CE 4 Saintscolours.svg John Walsh
LW 5 Rhinoscolours.svg John Atkinson
SO 6 Widnes colours.svg Dennis O'Neill
SH 7 Fevcolours.svg Steve Nash
PR 8 Rhinoscolours.svg Terry Clawson
HK 9 Ramscolours.svg Mike Stephenson
PR 10 Rhinoscolours.svg David Jeanes
SR 11 Castleford colours.svg Brian Lockwood
SR 12 HKRcolours.svg Phil Lowe
LF 13 Widnes colours.svg George Nicholls
Substitutions:
IC 14 Rhinoscolours.svg John Holmes
IC 15
Coach:
England Jim Challinor
FB 1 St. George colours.svg Graeme Langlands (c)
RW 2 Western Suburbs colours.svg Stephen Knight
CE 3 Balmain colours.svg Geoff Starling
CE 4 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Ray Branighan
LW 5 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Mark Harris
FE 6 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Bob Fulton
HB 7 Western Suburbs colours.svg Tommy Raudonikis
PR 8 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg John O'Neill
HK 9 South Sydney colours.svg Elwyn Walters
PR 10 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Arthur Beetson
SR 11 South Sydney colours.svg Bob McCarthy
SR 12 Western Suburbs colours.svg John Elford
LK 13 Newtown colours.svg Gary Sullivan
Substitutions:
IC 14 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Dennis Ward
IC 15 South Sydney colours.svg Paul Sait
Coach:
Australia Harry Bath

At Perpignan a monumental struggle finally went Britain's way 27–21 against the Kangaroos, for whom Bob Fulton grabbed three tries in a lost cause.


France vs Great Britain

Wednesday 1 November
France  4 – 13  Great Britain
Try:


Goals:
Jean-Marie Bonal (1)
Victor Serrano (1)
[9] Try:
Phil Lowe (2)
Clive Sullivan
Goals:
Stade Lesdiguières, Grenoble
Attendance: 5,321
Referee: F. Gril France
France
Great Britain
FB 1 France colours.svg Roger Toujas
RW 2 France colours.svg Serge Marsolan
CE 3 France colours.svg Michael Moliner
CE 4 France colours.svg Andre Ruiz
LW 5 CarcassonneRLcolours.PNG Jean-Marie Bonal
SO 6 France colours.svg Bernard Guilhelm
SH 7 France colours.svg Jacky Imbert
PR 8 France colours.svg Francis de Nadai (c)
HK 9 France colours.svg Jacques Franc
PR 10 France colours.svg Jean-Paul Sauret
SR 11 France colours.svg Victor Serrano
SR 12 France colours.svg Serge Gleyzes
LF 13 France colours.svg Guy Rodriguez
Substitutions:
IC 14 France colours.svg Charles Zalduendo
IC 15
Coach:
FB 1 Redscolours.svg Paul Charlton
RW 2 Hullcolours.svg Clive Sullivan (c)
CE 3 Redscolours.svg Chris Hesketh
CE 4 Saintscolours.svg John Walsh
LW 5 Rhinoscolours.svg John Atkinson
SO 6 Widnes colours.svg Dennis O'Neill
SH 7 Fevcolours.svg Steve Nash
PR 8 Rhinoscolours.svg Terry Clawson
HK 9 Ramscolours.svg Mike Stephenson
PR 10 Castleford colours.svg Brian Lockwood
SR 11 Redscolours.svg Colin Dixon
SR 12 HKRcolours.svg Phil Lowe
LF 13 Widnes colours.svg George Nicholls
Substitutions:
IC 14
IC 15
Coach:
England Jim Challinor

Great Britain overcame France 13–4 to qualify for the final with outstanding second-rower Phil Lowe scoring two tries.


Australia vs New Zealand

Wednesday 1 November
Australia  9 – 5  New Zealand
Tries:
Bob Fulton
Dennis Ward
Goals:
Ray Branighan (1)
Field Goals:
Bob Fulton (1)
[10] Tries:
John Whittaker

Goals:
John Wilson (1)
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Mick Naughton England
Australia
New Zealand
FB 1 St. George colours.svg Graeme Langlands (c)
RW 2 Western Suburbs colours.svg John Grant
CE 3 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Ray Branighan
CE 4 Balmain colours.svg Geoff Starling
LW 5 Western Suburbs colours.svg Stephen Knight
FE 6 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Bob Fulton
HB 7 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Dennis Ward
PR 8 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg John O'Neill
HK 9 South Sydney colours.svg Elwyn Walters
PR 10 Parramatta colours.svg Bob O'Reilly
SR 11 Newtown colours.svg Gary Sullivan
SR 12 Western Suburbs colours.svg John Elford
LK 13 South Sydney colours.svg Paul Sait
Substitutions:
IC 14 South Sydney colours.svg Gary Stevens
IC 15
Coach:
Australia Harry Bath
FB 1 Canterbury colours.svg John Wilson
RW 2 Wellington colours.svg Phillip Orchard
CE 3 North Sydney colours.svg Mocky Brereton
CE 4 Canterbury colours.svg Roy Christian (c)
LW 5 Wellington colours.svg John Whittaker
FE 6 Canterbury colours.svg Dennis Williams
HB 7 Canterbury colours.svg Brian Tracey
PR 8 Canterbury colours.svg Don Mann
HK 9 New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg Bill Burgoyne
PR 10 Canterbury colours.svg Doug Gailey
SR 11 Canterbury colours.svg Murray Eade
SR 12 Wellington colours.svg Bob Paul
LK 13 Canterbury colours.svg Peter Gurnick
Substitutions:
IC 14 North Sydney colours.svg Rodney Walker
IC 15
Coach:
New Zealand Des Barchard

New Zealand gave Australia a hard time, the first half being scoreless, before going down 9–5.


Great Britain vs New Zealand

Saturday 4 November
Great Britain  53 – 19  New Zealand
Tries:
John Atkinson (2)
John Holmes (2)
Paul Charlton
Chris Hesketh
David Jeanes
Steve Nash
George Nicholls
Mike Stephenson
Clive Sullivan
Goals:
John Holmes (10)
[11] Tries:
Bill Burgoyne
Tony Coll
Murray Eade
John Whittaker
Dennis Williams




Goals:
John Wilson (2)
Stade du Hameau, Pau
Attendance: 7,500
Referee: Georges Jameau France
Man of the Match: John Holmes Great Britain colours.svg
Great Britain
New Zealand
FB 1 Redscolours.svg Paul Charlton
RW 2 Hullcolours.svg Clive Sullivan (c)
CE 3 Redscolours.svg Chris Hesketh
CE 4 Saintscolours.svg John Walsh
LW 5 Rhinoscolours.svg John Atkinson
SO 6 Rhinoscolours.svg John Holmes
SH 7 Fevcolours.svg Steve Nash
PR 8 Rhinoscolours.svg David Jeanes
HK 9 Ramscolours.svg Mike Stephenson
PR 10 Castleford colours.svg Brian Lockwood
SR 11 Oldhamcolours.svg Bob Irving
SR 12 HKRcolours.svg Phil Lowe
LF 13 Widnes colours.svg George Nicholls
Substitutions:
IC 14 Bullscolours.svg David Redfearn
IC 15 Saintscolours.svg Tony Karalius
Coach:
England Jim Challinor
FB 1 Canterbury colours.svg John Wilson
RW 2 Wellington colours.svg Phillip Orchard
CE 3 North Sydney colours.svg Mocky Brereton
CE 4 Canterbury colours.svg Roy Christian (c)
LW 5 Wellington colours.svg John Whittaker
FE 6 Canterbury colours.svg Dennis Williams
HB 7 Canterbury colours.svg Brian Tracey
PR 8 Canterbury colours.svg Don Mann
HK 9 New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg Bill Burgoyne
PR 10 Canterbury colours.svg Doug Gailey
SR 11 Canterbury colours.svg Murray Eade
SR 12 New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg Tony Coll
LK 13 Canterbury colours.svg Peter Gurnick
Substitutions:
IC 14 Canterbury colours.svg Warren Collicoat
IC 15 North Sydney colours.svg Rodney Walker
Coach:
New Zealand Des Barchard

Great Britain hammered New Zealand 53–19, a World Cup record score, with young stand-off John Holmes collecting 26 points (10 goals, 2 tries) – another World Cup record.


France vs Australia

Sunday 5 November
France  9 – 31  Australia
Tries:
Andre Ruiz




Goals:
Jean-Marie Bonal (3)
[12] Tries:
Mark Harris (2)
Paul Sait (2)
Bob Fulton
John O'Neill
Elwyn Walters
Goals:
Ray Branighan (5)
Stadium Municipal, Toulouse
Attendance: 10,332
Referee: Mick Naughton England
France
Australia
FB 1 France colours.svg Roger Toujas
RW 2 France colours.svg Serge Marsolan
CE 3 France colours.svg Michael Moliner
CE 4 France colours.svg Andre Ruiz
LW 5 CarcassonneRLcolours.PNG Jean-Marie Bonal
SO 6 France colours.svg Michael Mazare
SH 7 France colours.svg Marius Frattini
PR 8 France colours.svg Charles Zalduendo
HK 9 France colours.svg Jacques Franc
PR 10 France colours.svg Jacques Garzino
SR 11 France colours.svg Victor Serrano
SR 12 France colours.svg Francis de Nadai (c)
LF 13 France colours.svg Serge Gleyzes
Substitutions:
IC 14 France colours.svg Bernard Guilhelm
IC 15 France colours.svg Michel Anglade
Coach:
FB 1 St. George colours.svg Graeme Langlands (c)
RW 2 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Ray Branighan
CE 3 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Mark Harris
CE 4 Balmain colours.svg Geoff Starling
LW 5 Western Suburbs colours.svg John Grant
FE 6 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Bob Fulton
HB 7 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Dennis Ward
PR 8 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg John O'Neill
HK 9 South Sydney colours.svg Elwyn Walters
PR 10 Parramatta colours.svg Bob O'Reilly
SR 11 South Sydney colours.svg Gary Stevens
SR 12 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Arthur Beetson
LK 13 South Sydney colours.svg Paul Sait
Substitutions:
IC 14
IC 15
Coach:
Australia Harry Bath

Australia had to beat France at Toulouse to reach the final in the last game of the preliminaries, a task which proved well within their capabilities.


References

  1. ^ Report
  2. ^ Wright, J (23 August 2007). "Rugby League's Greatest Ever Full-back". Times & Star. Archived from the original on 24 December 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
  3. ^ Paddy McAteer (22 December 2010) "Whole World in their Hands" Archived 5 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine. North West Evening Mail
  4. ^ Kdouh, Fatima (28 November 2013). "We take a look back at the greatest Rugby League World Cup finals of all time". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  5. ^ Chesterton, Ray (24 October 2008). "Langlands denied greatest try ever". The Daily Telegraph. Australia: News Limited. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  6. ^ Hughes, Ed (31 October 2004). "Caught in Time: Great Britain prepare for 1972 rugby league World Cup final". The Sunday Times. UK: Times Newspapers Ltd. Retrieved 18 October 2010.
  7. ^ France vs New Zealand
  8. ^ Great Britain vs Australia
  9. ^ France vs Great Britain
  10. ^ Australia vs New Zealand
  11. ^ Great Britain vs New Zealand
  12. ^ France vs Australia

External links

  • 1972 World Cup at rlhalloffame.org.uk
  • 1972 World Cup at rugbyleagueproject.com
  • 1972 World Cup Final at eraofthebiff.com
  • When Great Britain won the World Cup at bbc.co.uk
  • 1972 World Cup Final at timesonline.co.uk
  • 1972 World Cup data at hunterlink.net.au
  • 1972 World Cup at 188-rugby-league.co.uk
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