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1960: Great Britain

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1960 Rugby League World Cup

The Cup was played in England for the first time in 1960. A points table was again used to split the four teams, with Great Britain and Australia, the pre-Cup favourites. Great Britain had an easy win over the Kiwis in their opening match, while the Aussies were fortunate to escape with a 13-12 victory over a resolute French side at League crazy Central Park in Wigan. 

Both teams were undefeated when they met on the final day of the series, and an expectant crowd of more than 32,000 arrived at Bradford’s Odsal. 

On what was little better than a mud-heap, a dour battle ensued between the two long-time rivals. Great Britain, under the captaincy of Wigan’s Eric Ashton, battled to a 10-3 win with their two greatest wingers of all time - Billy Boston and Mick Sullivan - scoring tries. Brian Carlson scored Australia's sole try to complete an impressive series for him with a total of four tries and five goals. 

1960 World Cup Results

1960RLWC

Great Britain beat New Zealand: 23 - 8 at Odsal Stadium, Bradford. Att: 20,577

Australia beat France: 13 - 12 at Central Park, Wigan. Att: 20,278

Great Britain beat France: 33 - 7 at Station Road, Swinton. Att: 22,923

Australia beat New Zealand: 21 - 15 at Headingley, Leeds. Att: 10,773

Great Britain beat Australia: 10 - 3 at Odsal Stadium, Bradford. Att: 32,773

New Zealand beat France 9 - 0 at Central Park, Wigan. Att: 2,876

Final Table Played Won Drew Lost F A Points
Great Britain 3 3 0 0 66 18 6
Australia 3 2 0 1 37 37 4
New Zealand 3 1 0 2 32 44 2
France 3 0 0 3 19 55 0