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The fifteenth staging
It’s rugby league post-season, mates. So if you’re like me and prefer watching the game rather than actually eating dirt out in the field, you’ve come to the right place because I’ve got the lowdown on this year’s staging.
Gear up for the Rugby League World Cup
We’re co-hosting with the Kiwis this year. NZ won the bid for hosting rights at a meeting of the 2010 Rugby League International Federation. However, when it comes to the business end of the tournament the big matches are being held at home, so World Rugby League still know who the big dogs are.
The kickoff game between Australia and England will go down at AAMI Park while Brisbane gets to host the World Cup Final at Suncorp Stadium.
The pundits have been in a tizzy over coach Wayne Bennet defecting to England. This is a big deal because he’s had such a storied coaching career in AU (he’s still in charge of the Brisbane Broncos). Andrew Fifita and Jason Taumalolo have also gone turncoat and left behind Australia and New Zealand, respectively, to represent Tonga.
All eyes are also on Robbie Farah. As one of the major hookers of the game, he’s suiting up for Lebanon and will be essential to the Cedars’ success this year, after years in the NRL.
Canterbury’s Michael Lichaa will also be sporting Lebanon’s colours. It’s shaping up to be quite the star-studded squad and I can’t wait to see how this plays out, especially against my home team. Mal Meninga’s Aussies include seven Melbourne Storm players – all experienced berserkers ready to do some major damage this year. I’ve got my money on Slater to rip it up; he’s always in the conversation when it comes to candidates for Player of the Tournament. He also won the Clive Churchill medal in the recent Grand Final win against the Cowboys.
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Let the games begin!