RLWC21 round-up

  • 11 Warriors featured across the latest Rugby League World Cup games.
  • Abbas Miski, John Bateman and Mike Cooper were all in action in the Men’s games over the weekend.
  • Vicky Molyneux, Georgia Wilson, Lauréane Biville, Adam Rigby, Declan Roberts, Phil Roberts, Mark Williams and Matt Wooloff were also all in action.


England 72-4 Brazil

The Women’s Rugby League World Cup got underway on Tuesday afternoon (1st November) as England faced Brazil, it was a dominant performance by Craig Richards’ side who ran in fourteen tries against World Cup debutants Brazil.

Wigan’s Vicky Molyneux, who made her England debut 15-years ago, started at second row for England. Molyneux played 68-minutes and provided an assist for Grace Field’s try in the 28th minute whilst also heavily involved in making the break in the lead up to Leah Burke’s effort in the 69th minute of the match.

New Zealand 46-0 France

Lauréane Biville started at Centre for France as they got their RLWC21 account underway on Wednesday evening. The French side, up against the New Zealand Ferns held strong in a confident showing for the first 24 minutes but the remainder of the game went the way of the Kiwis as they ran in 9 unanswered tries.

England 54-4 Canada

At the DW Stadium on Saturday, England Women welcomed Canada in the first game of the double-header. Wigan Women’s Vicky Molyneux and Georgia Wilson both started for England as they put in another confident performance.

Georgia Wilson scored a try on World Cup debut whilst Vicky Molyneux put in a Player of the Match performance making 198 meters and making 33 tackles to help England on their way to a 54-4 victory and booking a spot in the Semi Finals.

Australia 92-0 France

Australia played France on Sunday evening, with Wigan’s Lauréane Biville once again starting at Centre. It was a tough evening for the French outfit who had to do a lot of defending as Australia showed their dominance in attack. Australia’s 92-0 win sees them into the Semi Finals, alongside New Zealand.

Though France are not able to progress in the competition, they will be looking to get a win in their final group stage match against Cook Islands on Thursday night.


Lebanon 4-48 Australia

Abbas Miski was part of the Lebanon side that faced Australia in the Quarter Finals in Huddersfield on Friday night.

Australia were keen to book their Semi Final spot as they ran in nine tries, including five from Josh Addo-Carr. Lebanon could only respond through Josh Mansour in the 51st minute as the Cedars Rugby League World Cup journey came to an end.

England 46-6 Papua New Guinea

John Bateman and Mike Cooper were both involved for England at the DW Stadium on Saturday evening, wth Kai Pearce-Paul missing out on the 17.

The pair both made 117 meters each and John Bateman had one try involvement on the day as England pulled out a shock in the Quarter Final. Papua New Guinea found themselves 26-0 down after 20 minutes and it was a tough task for them to get back into the fixture. England were relentless, scoring nine tries including five from Tommy Makinson, as PNG registered a consolation converted try in the 70th minute from Jimmy Ngutlik.

The win for England sees them through to the Semi Final at the Emirates Stadium next Saturday 12th November where they will meet Samoa.


Spain 55-32 Ireland

Phil Roberts got the opening score of Ireland’s Rugby League World Cup campaign at Copperbox Arena but Spain were the stronger of the two sides on Thursday night as Theo Gonzalez inspired Spain to a 55-32 victory.

England 38-8 Australia

Adam Rigby and Declan Roberts were both in the England squad that faced Australia at Copperbox Arena on Friday night, both were unused subs as England came from 6-0 down to fight back in fantastic style to win 36-6 in front of a record crowd for a game of Wheelchair Rugby League.

Scotland 41-62 USA

Matt Wooloff was in the starting line-up for USA on Friday afternoon, as the US came out on top in a tight encounter at Copperbox Arena. Wooloff was integral to the victory on Friday, with two tries and four assists to put USA second in Group B.

USA will face Wales on Monday evening, and a win should confirm a spot in the Semi Finals of the competition.

Picture by John Clifton/SWpix.com – USA’s Matthew Wooloff in action with Scotlands’ Dan Grant and Graeme Stewart

France 154-6 Wales

Mark Williams featured for Wales on Friday morning, though it was a game to forget for the Welsh as they were handy a heavy 154-6 defeat in their opening game by holders France.

England 104-12 Spain

England booked their Semi Final spot with a huge win over Spain on Sunday afternoon. Declan Roberts and Adam Rigby both started on the interchange bench, but made their first appearances of the World Cup to help England to victory

Declan Roberts was a key player, with three tries, one assist and six goals whilst Adam Rigby also provided a try and three assists as England flew to a 104-12 victory.

Australia 76-18 Ireland

Australia handed Ireland defeat on Sunday afternoon as Phil Roberts made his second starting appearance for Ireland. Roberts scored Ireland’s first points of the game for a second successive game but it wasn’t enough as Ireland struggled to contain a fierce Australian side.