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Kangaroos edge out England to retain Rugby League World Cup

It was the lowest scoring final in the tournament’s history.

Boyd Cordner celebrates opening the scoring in the Rugby League World Cup final.
Boyd Cordner celebrates opening the scoring in the Rugby League World Cup final.

BOYD CORDNER’S first-half try proved decisive as Australia battled to a 6-0 victory over England in Brisbane to win the Rugby League World Cup for the 11th time.

The Kangaroos came into Saturday’s final as overwhelming favourites to retain their title, but were pushed all the way in a hugely physical encounter.

An England side missing skipper Sean O’Loughlin and Josh Hodgson fought tirelessly in their first final since 1995 and were still in with a chance of pulling off an upset as the hooter approached.

Yet Australia ultimately prevailed in the lowest scoring final in history and it remains 11 years since they lost to England or Great Britain. The Kangaroos have now won eight of the last nine World Cups and remain rugby league’s undoubted kings.

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