Tour­na­ment marked game’s cen­te­nary

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - SPORT -

THE 1995 Rugby League World Cup – staged at var­i­ous venues across Eng­land and Wales – marked the cen­tury an­niver­sary of the sport and, de­spite ini­tial fears, proved more suc­cess­ful than ex­pected.

It was the 11th stag­ing of the tour­na­ment and, given it cel­e­brated 100 years of rugby league, was dou­bled in size with the likes of Fiji, Tonga, Western Samoa,and South Africa all tak­ing part.

Al­though there was some one-sided matches, the com­pe­ti­tion – es­pe­cially with games in­volv­ing some of the lesser na­tions – did cap­ture the imag­i­na­tion. That was il­lus­trated by the fact both Wales and Pa­pua New Guinea had two rep­re­sen­ta­tives each in the World Cup XIII.

Wales saw Iestyn Har­ris and An­thony Sul­li­van named while the Ku­muls had scrumhalf Adrian Lam and prop David West­ley in­cluded.

There was five Eng­land play­ers – Leeds-born Ja­son Robin­son, ex-Feather­stone Rovers cen­tre Paul Newlove, Sh­effield Ea­gles hooker Lee Jack­son, Auck­land War­riors’ De­nis Betts and Wigan loose for­ward Andy Far­rell.

Strangely, cham­pi­ons Aus­tralia earned just three selections – Brad Fit­tler, Steve Men­zies and Mark Car­roll – with ex-Castle­ford cen­tre Richie Black­more be­ing New Zealand’s only nod.

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