Rugby League World Cup is Australia’s to lose as legacy builds | John Davidson

Neither New Zealand nor a Wayne Bennett-coached England are likely to challenge a Kangaroos side farewelling the ‘big three’

There was a feeling of single-purpose vision and steely determination about Australia’s last Rugby League World Cup campaign four years ago. The Kangaroos had stunningly lost the World Cup final on home soil in 2008 at Suncorp Stadium, a controversial Joel Monaghan penalty try and a late Billy Slater brain explosion helping New Zealand to an upset 34-20 victory. Some called it the biggest upset in rugby league history.

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