Wade Graham stars as Australia ease past spirited France at Rugby League World Cup

  • Kangaroos triumph 52-6 at GIO Stadium in Canberra
  • Graham scores four tries and debutant Cameron Munster two

The Kangaroos came, they saw and they conquered in Canberra as expected, but it was far from the blowout most anticipated as they recorded a 52-6 World Cup victory over France with Wade Graham scoring four tries.

Les Chanticleers were once a rugby league power but haven’t beaten Australia since 1978 and weren’t expected to put up much opposition at GIO Stadium. Two years ago England put 80 points on France in a Test match and they lost their tournament opener to minnows Lebanon a week ago but on Friday the Europeans showed remarkable steel and spirit, staying with the green and gold, who fielded four debutants in their starting 13, for long periods with stout defence and tenacious tackling.

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