Rugby League World Cup 2022: England will be out o at this year’s Rugby League World Cup and will be aiming to go one better than last time out in 2017 when they were beaten in the grand final by Australia.
Coached by Shaun Wayne and with a number of NRL stars in their squad, the host nation will fancy themselves top of their group which also includes Samoa.
Who is in England’s group for the Rugby League World Cup?
England has been placed in Group A where they will face Samoa, France, and Greece in their opening three matches.
They will be expected to beat the two Maines but will face a tough task against the Samoans who are one of the dark horses to win the entire tournament.
Who will England play in the Rugby League World Cup?
|DATE||OPPONENT||TIME [AEDT]||TIME [BST]||TIME [NZT]||VENUE|
|Sat. 15th October||Samoa||12:30am Sunday||14:30||2:30am Sunday||St James’ Park, Newcastle|
|Sat. 22nd October||France||2:00am Sunday||17:00||4:00am Sunday||University of Bolton Stadium, Bolton|
|Sat. 29th October||Greece||12:30am Sunday||14:30||2:30am Sunday||Bramall Lane, Sheffield|
England’s road to the Rugby League grand final
England opens the tournament against Samoa at St James’ Park in Newcastle on Saturday 15 October.
The host nation and Samoa are likely to face off to see who claims the top spot in the group, with the other team going through as runners-up.
If England manages to finish first, they will face the country that is second in Group D.
Tonga headlines the group, with Wales, the Cook Islands, and Papua New Guinea likely to battle it out for second place.
If they get the assignment, the English will not be able to avoid Tonga reaching the grand final by any means and a meeting with them is expected at the business end of the tournament, if they both progress as expected. They succeed.
Alternatively, if England fails to beat Samoa in their opening group game and finishes second, they will face a tougher race to reach the finals.
The likely scenario then would be for them to beat Tonga and Samoa from behind to go into the showpiece event at Old Trafford where they could meet either New Zealand or Australia.