1975 Rugby League World Cup

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1975 (1975) World Cup  ()
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Number of teams 5
Winner  Australia (4th title)

Matches played 21
Attendance 204,476 (9,737 per match)
Points scored 661 (31.48 per match)
Top scorer Australia Mick Cronin (76)
Top try scorers England Keith Fielding (7)
Australia Ian Schubert (7)
 < 1972
1977

The 1975 Rugby League World Championship (also referred to as the World Series[1]) was the seventh ever tournament for the Rugby League World Cup. The format differed radically from that employed in previous competitions; no one country hosted the matches, which were spread out in a 'world series' hosted by each of the five participating nations over a period of just over eight months. Each team had to play the others on a 'home and away' basis. Great Britain were split up into separate England and Wales teams, taking advantage of a glut of Welsh talent in the British game at the time.

No final was held, with Australia being deemed the champions by virtue of finishing on top of the table[2] with England coming in second.[3]

Teams

Venues

14 venues across the five competing countries hosted games of the 1975 Rugby League World Cup. Wales used their own home venue at Swansea, but also played home games in England in both Salford and Warrington. England also played a 'home' game against Wales at Lang Park in Brisbane, Australia.

Australia Sydney France Marseille Australia Brisbane England Bradford England Wigan
Sydney Cricket Ground Stade Vélodrome Lang Park Odsal Stadium Central Park
Capacity: 70,000 Capacity: 49,000 Capacity: 40,000 Capacity: 40,000 Capacity: 40,000
Sydney Showground and Cricket Ground 1936 (14019783946).jpg Vue du virage Depé.jpg Suncorp-Stadium-Milton-Queensland.jpg Odsal Stadium - geograph.org.uk - 60082.jpg Central park kop.jpg
France Toulouse France Bordeaux England Leeds New Zealand Auckland England Salford
Stadium Municipal Stade du Parc Lescure Headingley Carlaw Park The Willows
Capacity: 35,000 Capacity: 30,000 Capacity: 30,000 Capacity: 20,000 Capacity: 17,000
Stadium de Toulouse.jpg South Stand, Headingley Stadium during the second day of the England-Sri Lanka test (21st April 2014) 001.JPG Carlaw Park.jpg The Willows North Stand - geograph.org.uk - 43344.jpg
Wales Swansea New Zealand Christchurch England Warrington France Perpignan
St Helen's Rugby Ground Addington Showgrounds Wilderspool Stadium Stade Gilbert Brutus
Capacity: 15,000 Capacity: 15,000 Capacity: 15,000 Capacity: 13,000
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Results

2 March
France  14 – 7  Wales
Stade Municipal, Toulouse
Attendance: 7,563
Referee: Fred Lindop England
16 March
England  20 – 2  France
Headingley, Leeds
Attendance: 10,842
Referee: Keith Page Australia (Harry Hunt England)
1 June
Australia  36 – 8  New Zealand
Lang Park, Brisbane
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Francois Escande France
10 June
England  7 – 12  Wales
Lang Park, Brisbane
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Don Lancashire Australia
14 June
Australia  30 – 13  Wales
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Attendance: 25,386
Referee: Francois Escande France

In this match Mick Cronin kicked nine goals.

15 June
New Zealand  27 – 0  France
21 June
New Zealand  17 – 17  England
Carlaw Park, Auckland
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Laurie Bruyeres Australia
22 June
Australia  26 – 6  France
Lang Park, Brisbane
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: John Percival New Zealand
28 June
Australia  10 – 10  England
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Attendance: 33,858
Referee: John Percival New Zealand
28 June
New Zealand  13 – 8  Wales
Carlaw Park, Auckland
Attendance: 9,368
Referee: Laurie Bruyeres Australia
20 September
Wales  16 – 22  England
Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington
Attendance: 5,034
Referee: Marcel Caillol France
27 September
New Zealand  8 – 24  Australia
Carlaw Park, Auckland
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Fred Lindop England
11 October
France  2 – 48  England
Stade du Parc Lescure, Bordeaux
Attendance: 1,581
Referee: John Percival New Zealand

England winger Keith Fielding created a new record by scoring four tries against a hapless French team at Bordeaux.

17 October
France  12 – 12  New Zealand
Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Billy Thompson England
19 October
Wales  6 – 18  Australia
St. Helen's Rugby Ground, Swansea
Attendance: 11,112
Referee: John Percival New Zealand

Kangaroo wing prodigy Ian Schubert also scored a hat-trick tries.

25 October
England  27 – 12  New Zealand
Odsal Stadium, Bradford
Attendance: 5,507
Referee: Andre Lacaze France

English stand-off Ken Gill ran in three tries.

26 October
France  2 – 41  Australia
Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan
Attendance: 10,440
Referee: Billy Thompson England
1 November
England  16 – 13  Australia
Central Park, Wigan
Attendance: 9,353
Referee: John Percival New Zealand
2 November
Wales  25 – 24  New Zealand
St. Helen's Rugby Ground, Swansea
Attendance: 2,645
Referee: Georges Jameau France

In this match Jim Mills, the Wales prop, was banned for the rest of the season after an altercation. The ban was eventually lifted on 2 January 1976.

6 November
Wales  23 – 2  France
The Willows, Salford
Attendance: 2,247
Referee: Fred Lindop England

Final standings

Team Played Won Drew Lost  For  Against Difference Points
 Australia 8 6 1 1 198 69 +129 13
 England 8 5 2 1 167 84 +83 12
 Wales 8 3 0 5 110 130 −20 6
 New Zealand 8 2 2 4 121 149 −28 6
 France 8 1 1 6 40 204 −164 3

Final challenge match

As Australia had not beaten England to win the cup, a final challenge was hastily arranged. The Kangaroos showed they were worthy World Champions with a comprehensive 25–0 win at Headingley in front of a disappointing crowd of 7,680 which was over 11,000 less than had attended the 1970 World Cup Final between Great Britain and Australia at the same venue.

12 November
England  0 – 25  Australia
Headingley, Leeds
Attendance: 7,680
Referee: Fred Lindop England

References

  1. ^ Clarkson, Alan (10 June 1974). "Fulton battles injury". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australia. Retrieved 11 February 2010. [dead link]
  2. ^ Paddy McAteer (22 December 2010) "Whole World in their Hands" Archived 5 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine. North West Evening Mail
  3. ^ "World Cup 1975" at 188-rugby-league.co.uk Archived 7 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine.

External links

  • 1975 World Cup at rlhalloffame.org.uk
  • 1975 World Cup at rlwc2008.com
  • 1975 World Cup at rugbyleagueproject.com
  • 1975 World Cup data at hunterlink.net.au
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