1970 Rugby League World Cup group stage

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The 1970 Rugby League World Cup group stage was the main component of the 1970 Rugby League World Cup, with the top two nations qualifying for the World Cup Final. The group consisted of hosts Great Britain as well as Australia, France and New Zealand.

Ladder[edit | edit source]

Great Britain were undefeated in the group stage. By virtue of a better for and against record, Australia would be the team to face them in the Final at Headingley in Leeds.

Team Played Won Drew Lost  For  Against Difference Points
Template:Rl 3 3 0 0 44 21 +23 6
Template:Rl 3 1 0 2 66 39 +27 2
Template:Rl 3 1 0 2 32 37 −5 2
Template:Rl 3 1 0 2 44 89 −45 2

Australia vs New Zealand[edit | edit source]

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Template:Football kit Template:Football kit
FB 1 Template:Leagueicon Eric Simms
RW 2 Template:Leagueicon Ray Branighan
CE 3 Template:Leagueicon John Cootes
CE 4 Template:Leagueicon Bob Fulton
LW 5 Template:Leagueicon Lionel Williamson
FE 6 Template:Leagueicon Denis Pittard
HB 7 Template:Leagueicon Billy Smith
PR 8 Template:Leagueicon John O'Neill
HK 9 Template:Leagueicon Elwyn Walters
PR 10 Template:Leagueicon Bob O'Reilly
SR 11 Template:Leagueicon Bob McCarthy
SR 12 Template:Leagueicon Paul Sait
LKR 13 Template:Leagueicon Ron Coote (c)
Substitutions:
IC 14 Template:Leagueicon Ron Turner
IC 15
Coach:
Australia Harry Bath
FB 1 Template:Leagueicon Don Ladner
RW 2 Template:Leagueicon Bob McGuinn
CE 3 Template:Leagueicon Roy Christian (c)
CE 4 Template:Leagueicon Bernie Lowther
LW 5 Template:Leagueicon Mocky Brereton
FE 6 Template:Leagueicon Gary Woollard
HB 7 Template:Leagueicon Graeme Cooksley
PR 8 Template:Leagueicon Garry Smith
HK 9 Template:Leagueicon Colin O'Neil
PR 10 Template:Leagueicon Doug Gailey
SR 11 Template:Leagueicon Bill Deacon
SR 12 Template:Leagueicon Eddie Heatley
LK 13 Template:Leagueicon Tony Kriletich
Substitutions:
IC 14
IC 15
Coach:
New Zealand Lory Blanchard

Australia beat the Kiwis easily at Wigan in the opening fixture with Eric Simms repeating his form of the 1968 tourney by landing a record nine goals.


Great Britain vs Australia[edit | edit source]

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FB 1 Template:Leagueicon Ray Dutton
RW 2 Template:Leagueicon Alan Smith
CE 3 Template:Leagueicon Frank Myler (c)
CE 4 Template:Leagueicon Syd Hynes
LW 5 Template:Leagueicon John Atkinson
SO 6 Template:Leagueicon Mick Shoebottom
SH 7 Template:Leagueicon Keith Hepworth
PR 8 Template:Leagueicon Dennis Hartley
HK 9 Template:Leagueicon Tony Fisher
PR 10 Template:Leagueicon Cliff Watson
SR 11 Template:Leagueicon Doug Laughton
SR 12 Template:Leagueicon Jimmy Thompson
LF 13 Template:Leagueicon Mal Reilly
Substitutions:
IC 14
IC 15
Coach:
England Johnny Whiteley
FB 1 Template:Leagueicon Eric Simms
RW 2 Template:Leagueicon Mark Harris
CE 3 Template:Leagueicon Ray Branighan
CE 4 Template:Leagueicon Bob Fulton
LW 5 Template:Leagueicon Lionel Williamson
FE 6 Template:Leagueicon Denis Pittard
HB 7 Template:Leagueicon Billy Smith (c)
PR 8 Template:Leagueicon John O'Neill
HK 9 Template:Leagueicon Elwyn Walters
PR 10 Template:Leagueicon Bob O'Reilly
SR 11 Template:Leagueicon Bob McCarthy
SR 12 Template:Leagueicon Paul Sait
LK 13 Template:Leagueicon Gary Sullivan
Substitutions:
IC 14
IC 15
Coach:
Australia Harry Bath

Great Britain came from 0–4 behind to defeat Australia 11–4 at Headingley with Syd Hynes scoring the game's only try.


France vs New Zealand[edit | edit source]

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FB 1 Template:Leagueicon Jean Claude Cros
RW 2 Template:Leagueicon Serge Marsolan
CE 3 Template:Leagueicon Michael Moliner
CE 4 Template:Leagueicon André Ruiz
LW 5 Template:Leagueicon Ellie Bonal
SO 6 Template:Leagueicon Jean Capdouze
SH 7 Template:Leagueicon Roger Garrigues
PR 8 Template:Leagueicon Christian Sabatie
HK 9 Template:Leagueicon Jacques Cabero
PR 10 Template:Leagueicon Floreal Bonet
SR 11 Template:Leagueicon Herve Mazard
SR 12 Template:Leagueicon Roger Biffi
LF 13 Template:Leagueicon Jean Pierre Clar (c)
Substitutions:
IC 14 Template:Leagueicon Francis de Nadai
IC 15
Coach:
FB 1 Template:Leagueicon Don Ladner
RW 2 Template:Leagueicon John Whittaker
CE 3 Template:Leagueicon Roy Christian (c)
CE 4 Template:Leagueicon Bernie Lowther
LW 5 Template:Leagueicon Mocky Brereton
FE 6 Template:Leagueicon Gary Woollard
HB 7 Template:Leagueicon Graeme Cooksley
PR 8 Template:Leagueicon John Greengrass
HK 9 Template:Leagueicon Colin O'Neil
PR 10 Template:Leagueicon Doug Gailey
SR 11 Template:Leagueicon Garry Smith
SR 12 Template:Leagueicon Elliot Kereopa
LK 13 Template:Leagueicon Tony Kriletich
Substitutions:
IC 14 Template:Leagueicon Bill Deacon
IC 15 Template:Leagueicon Lummy Graham
Coach:
New Zealand Lory Blanchard

The try of the tournament was scored by the sensational French winger Serge Marsolan against New Zealand in a mud-bath at Hull. Marsolan ran from behind his own line for a try fit to win any match but the lackadaisical French lost 15–16.


Great Britain vs France[edit | edit source]

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Template:Football kit Template:Football kit
FB 1 Template:Leagueicon Ray Dutton
RW 2 Template:Leagueicon Alan Smith
CE 3 Template:Leagueicon Syd Hynes
CE 4 Template:Leagueicon Frank Myler (c)
LW 5 Template:Leagueicon John Atkinson
SO 6 Template:Leagueicon Mick Shoebottom
SH 7 Template:Leagueicon Keith Hepworth
PR 8 Template:Leagueicon Dennis Hartley
HK 9 Template:Leagueicon Kevin Ashcroft
PR 10 Template:Leagueicon Cliff Watson
SR 11 Template:Leagueicon Doug Laughton
SR 12 Template:Leagueicon Jimmy Thompson
LF 13 Template:Leagueicon Mal Reilly
Substitutions:
IC 14
IC 15
Coach:
England Johnny Whiteley
FB 1 Template:Leagueicon Jean Claude Cros
RW 2 Template:Leagueicon Serge Marsolan
CE 3 Template:Leagueicon Michael Moliner
CE 4 Template:Leagueicon André Ruiz
LW 5 Template:Leagueicon Ellie Bonal
SO 6 Template:Leagueicon Jean Capdouze
SH 7 Template:Leagueicon Germaine Guiraud
PR 8 Template:Leagueicon Christian Sabatie
HK 9 Template:Leagueicon Jacques Cabero
PR 10 Template:Leagueicon Francis de Nadai
SR 11 Template:Leagueicon Gerard Cremoux
SR 12 Template:Leagueicon Herve Mazard
LF 13 Template:Leagueicon Jean Pierre Clar (c)
Substitutions:
IC 14 Template:Leagueicon Floreal Bonet
IC 15 Template:Leagueicon Daniel Pellerin
Coach:

The French put up a great fight against Britain in vile conditions, only to lose 0–6 at Castleford to three penalties from Ray Dutton.


Great Britain vs New Zealand[edit | edit source]

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FB 1 Template:Leagueicon Ray Dutton
RW 2 Template:Leagueicon Keri Jones
CE 3 Template:Leagueicon Syd Hynes
CE 4 Template:Leagueicon Chris Hesketh
LW 5 Template:Leagueicon John Atkinson
SO 6 Template:Leagueicon Mick Shoebottom
SH 7 Template:Leagueicon Keith Hepworth
PR 8 Template:Leagueicon David Chisnall
HK 9 Template:Leagueicon Kevin Ashcroft
PR 10 Template:Leagueicon Cliff Watson
SR 11 Template:Leagueicon Bob Haigh
SR 12 Template:Leagueicon Jimmy Thompson
LF 13 Template:Leagueicon Doug Laughton (c)
Substitutions:
IC 14 Template:Leagueicon Paul Charlton
IC 15
Coach:
England Johnny Whiteley
FB 1 Template:Leagueicon Don Ladner
RW 2 Template:Leagueicon John Whittaker
CE 3 Template:Leagueicon Roy Christian (c)
CE 4 Template:Leagueicon Bernie Lowther
LW 5 Template:Leagueicon Mocky Brereton
FE 6 Template:Leagueicon Gary Woollard
HB 7 Template:Leagueicon Graeme Cooksley
PR 8 Template:Leagueicon John Greengrass
HK 9 Template:Leagueicon Colin O'Neil
PR 10 Template:Leagueicon Elliot Kereopa
SR 11 Template:Leagueicon Garry Smith
SR 12 Template:Leagueicon Eddie Heatley
LK 13 Template:Leagueicon Tony Kriletich
Substitutions:
IC 14
IC 15 Template:Leagueicon Lummy Graham
Coach:
New Zealand Lory Blanchard

The Lions eliminated New Zealand from the tournament, cruising to victory with five tries to three.[1]


France vs Australia[edit | edit source]

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FB 1 Template:Leagueicon Jean Claude Cros
RW 2 Template:Leagueicon Serge Marsolan
CE 3 Template:Leagueicon Michael Moliner
CE 4 Template:Leagueicon Raymond Gruppi
LW 5 Template:Leagueicon Daniel Pellerin
SO 6 Template:Leagueicon Jean Capdouze
SH 7 Template:Leagueicon Germaine Guiraud
PR 8 Template:Leagueicon Christian Sabatie
HK 9 Template:Leagueicon Jacques Cabero
PR 10 Template:Leagueicon Floreal Bonet
SR 11 Template:Leagueicon Francis de Nadai
SR 12 Template:Leagueicon Roger Biffi
LF 13 Template:Leagueicon Jean Pierre Clar (c)
Substitutions:
IC 14
IC 15
Coach:
FB 1 Template:Leagueicon Eric Simms
RW 2 Template:Leagueicon Ray Branighan
CE 3 Template:Leagueicon John Cootes
CE 4 Template:Leagueicon Bob Fulton
LW 5 Template:Leagueicon Lionel Williamson
FE 6 Template:Leagueicon Denis Pittard
HB 7 Template:Leagueicon Billy Smith
PR 8 Template:Leagueicon Barry McTaggart
HK 9 Template:Leagueicon Elwyn Walters
PR 10 Template:Leagueicon Bob O'Reilly
SR 11 Template:Leagueicon Bob McCarthy
SR 12 Template:Leagueicon Paul Sait
LKR 13 Template:Leagueicon Ron Coote (c)
Substitutions:
IC 14 Template:Leagueicon Ron Turner
IC 15 Template:Leagueicon Gary Sullivan
Coach:
Australia Harry Bath

This incredibly exciting game has been described as the tournament's piece de resistance. Aussie centre Bobby Fulton scored a try within seconds of the kick-off – probably the quickest ever in international matches. However, with ten minutes to go and the scores level at 15–15, the French stole the game when stand-off half Jean Capdouze dropped a monster goal. The Kangaroos' loss to France meant it was Australia's superior points differential (on the back of their pointsfest in the opening game against New Zealand) alone that got them into the final with the undefeated Great Britain team.[2]


References[edit | edit source]

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