Date: 1/12/17

There is less than 24 hours to go before Australia and England run out for the Rugby League World Cup Final.
League Information Services has provided the below statistics and history of previous matches between Australia and England.


  • Australia and England have clashed eight times at the World Cup

Year             Venue                                                     Winner      Score
1975            Sydney Cricket Ground                         Drew             10-all
1975            Central Park, Wigan                              England         16-13
1995            Wembley Stadium, London                   England          20-16
1995            Wembley Stadium, London                   Australia         16-8
2000            Twickenham, London                            Australia          22-2
2008            Telstra Dome, Melbourne                      Australia          52-4
2013            Millennium Stadium, Cardiff                   Australia         28-20
2017            AAMI Park, Melbourne                           Australia         18-4
Summary: Played 8, Australia 5, England 2, drawn 1

  • These teams have met 15 times at Test match level, Australia winning 12 times to England’s two, with one Test drawn
  • These teams have met only once previously in a World Cup Final. In 1995 Australia defeated England 16-8 at Wembley Stadium. Teams were:

AUSTRALIA: Tim Brasher; Rod Wishart, Mark Coyne, Terry Hill, Brett Dallas; Brad Fittler (c), Geoff Toovey; Dean Pay, Andrew Johns, Mark Carroll, Steve Menzies, Gary Larson, Jim Dymock. Interchange: Jason Smith (Robbie O’Davis, Matthew Johns and Nik Kosef were not used). Coach: Bob Fulton.

ENGLAND: Kris Radlinski; Jason Robinson, Gary Connolly, Paul Newlove, Martin Offiah; Tony Smith, Bobbie Goulding; Karl Harrison, Lee Jackson, Andy Platt, Denis Betts (c), Phil Clarke, Andy Farrell. Interchange: Mick Cassidy, Chris Joynt. Barrie-Jon Mather and Nick Pinkney were not used. Coach: Phil Larder.

Australia 16 (Wishart, Brasher tries; A.Johns 4 goals) defeated England 8 (Newlove try; Goulding 2 goals) at Wembley Stadium, October 28, 1995.
Scrums: England 8-7. Penalties: England 12-9. Crowd: 66,540. Referee: Stuart Cummings (England). Halftime: Australia 10-4.
Australia’s record in World Cup Finals
Year             Opponent                   Venue                                                     Result
1968            France                          Sydney Cricket Ground                    Won 20-2
1970            Great Britain               Headingley, Leeds                              Won 12-7
1972            Great Britain               Stade Municipal de Gerland, Lyon     Drew 10-all*
1977            Great Britain               Sydney Cricket Ground                      Won 13-12
1988            New Zealand               Eden Park, Auckland                         Won 25-12
1992            Great Britain               Wembley Stadium, London                 Won  10-6
1995            England                        Wembley Stadium, London               Won 16-8
2000            New Zealand               Old Trafford, Manchester                    Won 40-12
2008            New Zealand               Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane                Lost 20-34
2013            New Zealand               Old Trafford, Manchester                    Won 34-2

Note: Great Britain were awarded the 1972 World Cup due to their superior preliminary record. Australia also won the World Cup in 1957 and 1975 when no final was played
Summary: Played 10, won 8, lost 1, drew 1

  • England played in their only World Cup final in 1995, losing 16-8 to Australia
  • Great Britain won the World Cup on three occasions (1954, 1960 and 1972). They appeared in five finals (1954, 1970, 1972, 1977 and 1992)
  • Cameron Smith will be aiming to become only the fourth player to lead Australia to a World Cup victory on Australian soil. The others were:

Dick Poole                   1957
Johnny Raper              1968
Arthur Beetson             1977

  • Smith will have the opportunity to achieve a unique treble:

– Leading Melbourne Storm to premiership victory
– Leading Queensland to State of Origin series victory
– Leading Australia to World Cup victory

  • Fullback Billy Slater will reach the milestone of 30 Tests for Australia
  • England winger Jermaine McGillvary has scored at least one try in his past 10 Test matches and in all five of England’s appearances at the 2017 World Cup

Jermaine McGillvary’s Past 10 Test Appearances
Year                     Opponent                      Tries
2016                     France                                1
2016                     New Zealand                      1
2016                     Scotland                              1
2016                     Australia                              1
2017                     Samoa                                 1
2017                     Australia                               1
2017                     Lebanon                               1
2017                     France                                   2
2017                     Papua New Guinea               2
2017                     Tonga                                    1
Leading Tryscorers World Cup 2017
Tries                     Player
12                         Valentine Holmes (Australia)
9                           Suliasi Vunivalu (Fiji)
7                           Jermaine McGillvary (England)
5                           Billy Slater (Australia)
5                           David Fusitu’a (Tonga)
5                           Michael Jennings (Tonga)
               Most Tries in a World Cup tournament
Tries                     Player                                                                 Year
12                         Valentine Holmes (Australia)                         2017
10                         Wendell Sailor (Australia)                              2000
9                           Lesley Vainikolo (New Zealand)                    2000
9                           Jarryd Hayne (Australia)                                2013
9                           Brett Morris (Australia)                                   2013
9                           Suliasi Vunivalu (Fiji)                                      2017

  • Australian winger Valentine Holmes will have the opportunity to become the first player to finish as World Cup Leading Point Scorer without kicking a goal

Leading Point Scorers World Cup 2017
Points                  Player                                                                 T/G/FG              
48                         Valentine Holmes (Australia)                        12 tries
48                         Cameron Smith (Australia)                           24 goals
44                         Shaun Johnson (New Zealand)                    2 tries, 18 goals
41                         Gareth Widdop (England)                             2 tries, 16 goals, 1 field goal
40                         Rhyse Martin (Papua New Guinea)              2 tries, 16 goals
Australia’s Path to the Final
Opponent          Venue                                                                 Result
England               AAMI Park, Melbourne                                   Won 18-4
France                 GIO Stadium, Canberra                                  Won 52-6
Lebanon              Allianz Stadium, Sydney                                 Won 34-0
Samoa                 TIO Stadium, Darwin                                      Won 46-0 (quarter final)
Fiji                         Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane                           Won 54-6 (semi-final)
Summary: Played 5, won 5, for 204, against 16
England’s Path to the Final
Opponent          Venue                                                                 Result
Australia              AAMI Park, Melbourne                                    Lost 4-18
Lebanon              Allianz Stadium                                                Won 29-18
France                 nib Stadium, Perth                                           Won 36-6
PNG                      AAMI Park, Melbourne                                   Won 36-6 (quarter final)
Tonga                  Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland                            Won 20-18 (semi-final)
Summary: Played 5, won 4, lost 1, for 125, against 66