Should we Expect Another Australia vs New Zealand Final at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup?
For years, Australia and New Zealand have been THE dominant forces in rugby league. More often than not, the Kangaroos have tended to get the better of their rivals but fans could be set for another titanic battle between the two southern hemisphere sides at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.
The NRL is still by far and away the strongest and most competitive division in the sport and Australia’s entire squad play in their own domestic league. Mal Meninga will be confident of leading his side to another famous triumph but the Kangaroos cannot afford to take anyone for granted.
However, Super League is improving on a yearly basis and England cannot be dismissed just yet. Winning in Australia and New Zealand poses a tough task for Wayne Bennett’s men but England will be confident – and rightly so. At the 2013 tournament, the hosts came within a whisker of defeating New Zealand but a last gasp Kiwis try broke English hearts.
Australia are still a class above both sides but England are the value pick at 8/1 with Betway – and punters will be keeping a close eye on Bennett’s side ahead of the tournament. With astute thinking in terms of squad selection, England could push New Zealand and Australia close…
But neither side will be worrying just yet. Australia, drawn into the same pool as England, will use that group stage encounter as an opportunity to lay down a marker. The Kangaroos won’t want to reveal too much but that opening clash with England on October 27th could set the tone for the rest of the competition.
The Aussies have already lost Johnathan Thurston to injury and Meninga will be hoping that they don’t lose anyone else. New Zealand have an easy route to the semi-finals before a potential clash with England and we should know a little more about all three sides by that stage. If nothing else, it is going to be an entertaining and enthralling event…