Australia favourites but Rugby League World Cup’s big three is now a big four | Aaron Bower

The Kangaroos are undoubtedly the team to beat, with England potential finalists, but this could be the best edition of the tournament’s 63-year history

The 2017 Rugby League World Cup – 28 games, 14 nations, five weeks and one of sport’s most culturally diverse tournaments – could yet be the best in the competition’s 63-year history. Yet amid the final preparations for the event’s 15th edition, which begins on Friday when Australia face England in Melbourne, there is one unavoidable question.

This is the Rugby League World Cup, so Australia – 10 times winners – are going to breeze through the next five weeks and win it all over again, aren’t they?

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