England Can Win the 2017 Rugby League World Cup
England came within a whisker of reaching the final of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup but a last gasp New Zealand try denied the hosts a famous victory.
But that was then and this is now – and Wayne Bennett’s men are now arguably better equipped to compete with the likes of Australia and New Zealand this time around.
Super League has been more competitive than ever before this year and Bennett will have a difficult job narrowing down his squad ahead of the World Cup.
It may prove prudent for the England boss to stick with a Castleford Tigers core – especially if Daryl Powell’s men go on to win the Super League Grand Final this season.
As of August 9th, the Tigers are as short as 10/11 to do just that and it would take a fool to back against them on current form.
With Michael Shenton, Zak Hardaker and Luke Gale all playing at the top of their game, the England head coach will be keen to utilise Castleford’s main men on the international stage.
Realistically, it will take a collapse on Australia’s behalf – already without the influential Johnathan Thurston – for England to stand any chance of victory this year but stranger things have happened.
The Kangaroos were sensational in the 2013 edition of the competition but with their main men getting older, Australia’s place at the top of the rugby league world may be in danger.
Punters may fancy England to get the better of New Zealand and rightly so.
Bennett’s men are on the verge of something really special and Sky Bet are offering 13/2 on England to record a famous World Cup victory later this year.
With a bit of luck on the injury front and a solid run of form in the build-up to the competition, England could be lifting the title come December.