oz have never sent a 2nd string for a World Cup. They had players missing in 95 - anyone affiliated with SL, and anyone associated with ARL missed in 1997. Neither were 2nd teams.
In 1995 it was 1 all on games, but they obviously won a tight final to win the cup. No whupping at all.
1997 they battered us 2 one.
Either way that was 17 and 19 years ago, so not relevant to this list tbh.
That aside then they still are the bigger game by far, in both the quality and numbers of players, and have regularly beaten us for decades. Something I have had pointed out to me by many top commentators both at home and down under for many years.
So it is no surprise and in line with the difference in our games that the top 100 players are predominantly antipodean.
It may rankle to have to sit back whilst Aussies proclaim they have so many more better players than we have but if it is the truth then we have to accept it. And that difference in our games is relevent to this list tbh
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