Four Wigan players involved in first round of games at 2017 Rugby League World Cup
Sean O’Loughlin and John Bateman play for England in loss to Australia
- Tommy Leuluai (New Zealand) and Michael Mcilorum (Ireland) involved in impressive wins
Four Wigan players featured in the Rugby League World Cup games over the weekend as the tournament got underway.
Sean O’Loughlin skippered England alongside John Bateman as Wayne Bennett’s side narrowly lost out to Australia. The World Champions scored late on in a tight game to take the win, 18-4 in Melbourne.
Tommy Leuluai played at hooker for New Zealand as the Kiwis put in a commanding performance to see-off Samoa. The home side ran in seven tries in front of a crowd of 17,857 in Auckland.
Michael Mcilorum and Ireland began their campaign in fine style in the Cairns double-header. Mark Aston’s Wolfhounds led 20-6 at the break and ran in a further three tries to take an impressive 36-12 win.
In the second game in Cairns Warriors Player Welfare Manager, Steve McCormack, took charge of Scotland but the Bravehearts came up against a very strong Tonga outfit. Michael Jennings led the way with a hat-trick as Tonga crossed for nine tries.
Elsewhere Lebanon recorded their first ever Rugby League World Cup win as they scored two late tries to beat France, 29-18 - Romain Navarrete an unused squad player for France. Papua New Guinea beat Wales 50-6 in front a sell-out crowd in Port Moresby whilst Fiji beat the USA 58-12.