Rugby league – Australia face England first up in 2017 World Cup

Rugby league - Australia face England first up in 2017 World Cup– Australia will open the defence of their rugby league crown in a testing clash against England while New Zealand face Samoa after the draw was made Tuesday for the 2017 World Cup. The Kiwis, who Australia smashed 34-2 in the 2013 final at Manchester’s Old Trafford, begin their campaign in Auckland a day later in Pool B that includes Scotland and Tonga. Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, where rugby league is the national sport, co-host the tournament that culminates with the final in Brisbane on December 2.

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