Sean O’Loughlin proud of England after World Cup Final loss
England and Wigan Captain proud of what the team achieved during tournament
- England lose 6-0 to Australia in 2017 Rugby League World Cup Final
Wigan and England Captain Sean O’Loughlin said he was proud of the national side after they narrowly lost out to Australia in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Final.
England, playing in their first World Cup Final in 22 years, went down to a 6-0 defeat to the Kangaroos.
“I feel very proud of the boys,” O’Loughlin told Wigan Today.
“The effort they’ve shown was immense.
“It was an unbelievable game. There’s obviously disappointment we’ve not come out on top but I’m very proud of the group and even though we’ve not won the World Cup I’m proud of what we’ve achieved in this competition and what we’ve shown we can do.”
O’Loughlin featured in every England game in the run up to the Final but missed out on Saturday owing to an injury picked up against Tonga.
He said he thought England played well enough to have won, and that the effort put in by both teams was obvious to see.
“To see how drained of energy at the end of the game the boys were, you know by body language how much effort had gone in from both sides,” he said.
“You don’t often see an Australia team kicking for touch to slow the game down in the last 10 minutes. It was a spectacle to watch and I’m proud of the effort.”
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