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Fiji through to Police RL World Cup final

Police Rugby League World Cup holders Fiji have secured their place in the Police World Cup final at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on Sunday July 14 (11.30am).
Fiji reached the final after an emphatic 72-0 victory of Great Britain on Thursday night to set up a title deciding showdown with Australia, whom they lost to earlier in the competition in a brutal 32-24 contest.
Australia will be confident of wrestling the title away from the Fijians having beaten both them and Great Britain in the round robin stages and former Leeds Rhinos star Scott Donald will be particularly keen to ensure his return to Headingley is a triumphant one.

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New Zealand to defend Women's World Cup against Australia

New Zealand Women's Rugby League will defend their world crown against neighbours Australia in the 2013 Women's World Cup final at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds, on Sunday July 14 (1.45pm).
The Kiwi Ferns have maintained a stranglehold on the World Cup since its inception, having won the competition on three successive occasions, and will be looking to maintain their undefeated World Cup record on Sunday against an Australia side they already beat 14-6 during the competition's round-robin group stage.
Having failed to make the final following successive defeats to Australia and New Zealand, host nation England will take on France in the competition's third place play-off at South Leeds Stadium on Saturday July 13 (6.00pm).

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Wheelchair RL World Cup finalists decided

Wheelchair World Cup holders and hosts England will take on France in the 2013 Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup final at Medway Park, Kent, tomorrow (Saturday July 13).
The two teams met in the opening round of the competition, France prevailing 28-20, and England will be hoping to avenge that defeat to retain the trophy they won in 2008.
England secured their place in the final after a comprehensive 81-10 victory over Australia in the semi-finals while France, who are undefeated so far, booked their final spot with a comfortable 71-30 win over Wales.
The two nations will meet in the main event on Saturday at 4.00pm while Wales and Australia will contest the third place play-off (1.15pm) and Ireland and Scotland will do battle in the fifth place play-off (11.15am).
French official Richard Frileux and England's Rhett Johnson will take charge of the Wheelchair World Cup final, while Richard Turner, Richard Johnson and Rhett Johnson will officiate on the day's other fixtures.

Schedule:

Fifth-place play-off: Ireland v Scotland, 11.15am
Third-place play-off: Australia v Wales, 1.15pm
Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup final: England v France, 4.00pm

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Anzac nations to meet in Armed Forces RL World Cup final

Anzac nations Australia and New Zealand will meet in the final of the 2013 Armed Forces Rugby League World Cup at Colchester Military Garrison tomorrow (Saturday, 2.00pm).
New Zealand earned their place in the final after defeating 2008 World Cup winners Great Britain 20-16 in the semi-finals in a hard-fought and will face Australia, who booked their place in the final after a comfortable 110-0 semi-final win over Serbia.
The two teams met earlier in the competition when Australia prevailed 32-22 and they will be hoping to continue their 100 per cent winning record when they meet again on Saturday.
The Armed Forces Rugby League World Cup final will be played at Colchester Garrison's, Garrison B Ground on Circular Road North (2.00pm) and entry to the game is free to the public.

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Five international Rugby League tournaments will climax at three venues across England this weekend (July 13 and 14) when Leeds, Gillingham and Colchester Garrison host the finals of the 2013 Festival of World Cups.

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Thoroughly enjoyed the Wheelchair competition in Medway, it has been well organised, only disappointment is that I am working tomorrow and so will miss the final. All the best to the England team who are now the only definite hope of a team from the host nation being able to lift the World Cup.

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Thoroughly enjoyed the Wheelchair competition in Medway, it has been well organised, only disappointment is that I am working tomorrow and so will miss the final. All the best to the England team who are now the only definite hope of a team from the host nation being able to lift the World Cup.

It's good to hear from someone who has actually been. 

 

We do have two England teams through to their respective finals: the wheelchair team and the students.  So both venues will have a home nation team to cheer for.  Let's hope both of them pull off a win!

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England women seem to be scoring at will in their 3/4 play off against France.  42-0 according to the latest update just after half time.

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Despite a stirring comeback, England narrowly failed in their quest to retain their Wheelchair World Cup. Though England found themselves trailing at one stage by 42-16, they valiantly fought back to lose by just two points 42-40. England almost took the game to Golden Point, having scored the last minute try they needed, but were unable to add the conversion. The result enables France to claim their first world title. Les Bleus have been worthy winners of the tournament going unbeaten in their five games and used a mixture of pace passing and strong defence to dominate their games. A shout out too to their marvellous supporters who have sung, waved their tricolours and mascots every time that the French have registered a score. Also a big thank you to the organisers, I am sure that everyone who attended the games at Medway Park enjoyed the experience and marvelled at the exploits of the top athletes that we have seen.

http://www.kentsportsnews.com/france-edge-england-in-cup-final-13-07-2013/

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In that lineup it says England had 12 players but France had 13! Is there a reason for that?

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In that lineup it says England had 12 players but France had 13! Is there a reason for that?

 

They look like squad numbers - it's 10 a side - 5 playing and 5 subs.

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Australia win the Police World Cup - beating Fiji 18:16 in the final.

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Australia win the Womens World Cup - Aus 22 NZ 12.

 

And yesterday the Aussies beat NZ in the Forces WC 32-22.

 

Just the Student final to go. Hopefully England can win this one.

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Just the Student final to go. Hopefully England can win this one.

As at just before halftime, it's 10-0 to England. 

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As at just before halftime, it's 10-0 to England. 

Alas, we lost 16-26. 

 

That's four cups to Australia and one to France.  How disappointing. 

 

I guess it's down to the men to show the Aussies who is boss.

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Alas, we lost 16-26. 

 

That's four cups to Australia and one to France.  How disappointing. 

 

I guess it's down to the men to show the Aussies who is boss.

 

Shame that, particularly after leading at half time.

 

So come the year end it'll be 4 cups to Australia, 1 to France, and the big one to England. ;)

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So come the year end it'll be 4 cups to Australia, 1 to France, and the big one to England. ;)

Yep.  Looks like it! :gaming:

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RFL CEO PRIASES FESTIVAL OF WORLD CUPS

Rugby Football League Chief Executive Nigel Wood praised the outcome and organisation of the Festival of World Cups, which came to a climax on a triple header Finals Day at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.
“The Festival of World Cups has been a wonderfully uplifting celebration of international Rugby League and showcased the amazing diversity and excellence that can be found across the whole sport,” he said.  
“We have seen some fantastic matches, played in a great competitive spirit, with many outcomes going right to the hooter, including the finals of both the Wheelchair World Cup and Police World Cup being decided by a two point margin. With over 7000 fans enjoying the games live as well as Premier Sports covering the tournaments it has been a great opportunity for the diversity of Rugby League to reach new audiences.”
He added, “I especially want to thank all the volunteers, who have played a tremendous role at all the venues, as well as the teams, officials and tournament organisers for their part in such a tremendous event.”
“The successful Festival of World Cups has undoubtedly played its part in a momentous year for the sport in this country, with the Rugby League World Cup to follow in the autumn.”
Australia won four of the five titles for Police, Armed Forces, Students and Women, with France the Wheelchair champions.

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