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2000 Rugby League World Cup

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The twelfth Rugby League World Cup was held in Great Britain and France in 2000. Building on the previous successful competition, it was decided to expand the format further, with the number of teams rising from 10 to 16. As before, an Emerging Nations Tournament was held alongside the main event.

The 2000 World Cup was not a success. There were too many mismatches in the early stages, and some of the teams lacked credibility. Notably the inclusion of a side representing New Zealandís Maori population alongside the full New Zealand squad, and a Lebanon side consisting entirely of Australians of Lebanese origin, led to derisory comments in the media. Due these reasons crowds at the tournament were low; also torrential rainstorms and the crisis on Britainís railways following the Hatfield rail crash did not help encourage spectators.

The tournament lost money, and the RFL went into debt from which it did not recover until 2004. There were however some positives: The French performed creditably, and attendance for the games held in France was encouraging. The much derided Lebanon team also proved the catalyst for domestic competition in that country.

Contents

Group 1

Results

Final Standings


TeamPlayedWonDrewLost ForAgainstDifferencePoints
Australia3300198141846
England3201144361084
Fiji310256154-982
Russia300320244-2240

Group 2

Results

Final Standings


TeamPlayedWonDrewLost ForAgainstDifferencePoints
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New Zealand
3300206281786
Wales32018086-64
Cook Islands301244110-661
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Lebanon
301238144-1061

Group 3

Results

Final Standings

TeamPlayedWonDrewLost ForAgainstDifferencePoints
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Papua New Guinea
33006942276
France320110437674
Tonga31029676202
South Africa300324138-1140


Group 4

Results

Final Standings

TeamPlayedWonDrewLost ForAgainstDifferencePoints
Ireland33007838406
Samoa32015758-14
New Zealand Maoris31024967-182
Scotland30033455-210

Quarter-Finals

Semi-Finals

Final

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