Rugby World Cup 1957

After a three-year gap the Rugby League World Cup re-appeared this time in the southern hemisphere as Australia played host to France, New Zealand and Great Britain, with the tournament commemorating 50 years of the game down under.

This time there was to be no final, with the league competition proving to be a formality for the hosts, who went on to claim the first of their nine World Cup victories.

A crowd of just over 50,000 turned out to see the previous tournament's finalists, France and Great Britain, face off at the Sydney Cricket Ground, with the Lions repeating the result of 1954, albeit by a more comfortable 23-5 margin.

In contrast, just under 30,000 saw Australia's opening game win against New Zealand at the smaller Gabba, but the hosts moved to Sydney for their second match and treated the home fans to a seven-try demolition of the old enemy, Great Britain.

The Lions blew what chance they had with a 21-29 defeat to New Zealand in their final group game, while the Kiwis themselves had already narrowly lost to France 14-10 previously.

With the Kangaroos comfortably easing past France at the SCG, the Australians were left out in front on their own, with the other three teams managing one win each.

As a final was not needed to decide the champions this time round, the match was dispensed with, with Australia facing a Rest of the World XIII in an exhibition match instead.

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