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Australia and New Zealand announced as the hosts of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup

The Rugby League International Federation today announced that Australia and New Zealand were the successful bidders to host the 2017 RLIF World Cup. The joint bid was one of two bids, with South Africa being the other nation bidding for the honors to host this prestigious event.

Chairman of the bid committee and RLIF Vice-Chair, Nigel Wood said “This was not a simple decision but with fans of international Rugby League buoyed by the recent success of RLWC2013, we were determined to get it right.”
“Both bids were thoroughly compelling but the joint Australia/New Zealand bid was selected as the one with the greatest chance of success in providing more compelling games in world class environments in front of big, passionate crowds.”

“The bid from South Africa was very strong, prepared professionally and clearly demonstrated a passion for Rugby League that is growing by the day in that country.”
The Australia/New Zealand bid hopes to expand the sport in other territories in both countries. Australia won the 2013 RLIF World Cup in the United Kingdom and hopes that they can defend the title again in 2017. The expectations for the 2017 World cup will be high as the 2013 World Cup, hosted by England and Wales, was a tremendous success and the Super League has seen the benefit with new broadcasting and sponsorship deals concluded on the back of a very successful World Cup.

Kobus Botha, President of South African Rugby League, congratulated Australia and New Zealand on their winning bid, stating: “South Africa will now endeavor to work with the ARL and the RLIF to ensure the growth of the sport and will look at sending a strong team to the 2017 World Cup to compete for the final.“

Botha also emphasized that this does not mean that South Africa will stop in its quest to develop the sport, and that SARL and the RLIF have already entered into discussions to look at ways of developing the game in South Africa through a series of international tournaments and exhibition matches to ensure that South Africa is in an optimal position to host the 2021 RLIF World Cup.

“All of the facilities and aspects unique to South Africa to ensure expansion of the game is still available to the RLIF and also the ARL and NZRL to ensure the positive growth of the game in South Africa.”

Ian Riley, CEO of the South African Bid was also quick to point out that the Bid for 2017 was not a waste but have very positive spin-offs. “Rugby league in South Africa now has a voice, and the process of bidding has allowed SARL to start the conversation with SASCOC and SRSA and SARU towards recognition and support. It has also created dialogue between developing countries, and has shown willingness by other countries to also get involved and play a role in developing the game. We are in discussions with the RLIF on creating a 7 year roadmap for rugby league in South Africa and other territories to see how we can collectively grow and develop the sport.”




13th July 2013, 8:04

By Lewis Firth


Centre Hein Pretorius was the star as South Africa cruised to fifth spot with a comprehensive performance.


The stand off bagged a hat trick while the kicking of Hein Olivier, who finished with 10 goals from 11 attempts, was also significant.


Playing up the slope, the South Africans opened the scoring in the eighth minute when prop Manie Loots powered over and they did not have to wait long to further their advantage as Pretorius went across in the left corner, just about managing to keep his feet away from touch; Olivier with his only miss.


Scotland hit back in the 16th minute, Louis Senter with a brilliant dummy and offload to Dan Turland who went over unchallenged, Senter adding the extras.


South African upped their game and restored their ten-point advantage through Jean Pierre Nel. The big prop bundled over the line and just about managed to get his arm free of the tackle to ground the ball.


Pretorius offloaded for Jean-Di Oosthuisen to score on the left and there was time for one more try before the break but it came in slightly controversial circumstances.


Neels Venter appeared to have dropped the ball over the line, but after speaking to his touch-judge on the far side, referee Tom Hudson awarded the try. Olivier added the two to leave the score 28-6 at the interval.


Pretorius added his second try less than five minutes after the restart, as Olivier’s high bomb was too much for stand-in full-back Liam McLaren to deal with and his treble came up six minutes later as he was far too quick for McLaren and Senter to catch as he ran from the half-way line.


In the 54th minute Jean Coetzer was sin-binned after a scrap involving several players, and Scotland made their man advantage tell in the 61st minute through Sam Herron, although Senter missed a difficult kick to leave the score 40-10.


A brilliant Olivier 40-20 gave South Africa the field position for Venter to score his second try, and the near-faultless Olivier added the extras.


By now Coetzer was back on the field and his up-and-under caused havoc, Johan Harmse feeding Riaan Laidlaw for the try.


Scotland prop Terry Skeet was sin-binned after another scrap in the 76th minute but there was time for South Africa to score twice more before the end, with tries from Coetzer and Oousthuizen.


South Africa coach Jonathan Soares said, “The biggest part of our game is that even if we are defending we still try and control the game, and we got that right tonight.


“We knew the guys would dig deep and turn up tonight, we got our heads in front, and we just kept going.


“We are extremely proud, we performed very well tonight.”



1 Allan Kasselman

2 Chester Mbekela

4 Jean Coetzer

3 Hein Pretorius

5 Marco Marais

6 Hein Olivier

19 Johan Harmse

15 Jean Pierre Nel

22 Nardus Raubenheimer

24 Manie Loots

11 Ian van Deventer

14 Jean-Di Oosthuisen

13 Neels Venter


16 Rudolf Prinsloo

10 Christo Louw

7 Hans du Plessis

21 Riaan Laidlaw

Tries: Loots, Pretorius 3, Nel,  Oosthuisen 2, Venter 2, Laidlaw, Coetzer


Olivier 10/11

Sin bin: Coetzer



1 Paul Stewart

18 Ruaridh Cuthbertson

3 Dan Macleod

19 Aidan Holland

14 Fraser Majoriebanks

13 Callum Boyle

7 Louis Senter

16 Calum Macdonald

6 Martin McNiven

15 Sam Herron

11 Dan Turland

12 Nathan Delgado

17 Gavin Reed


5 Alasdair McDougal-Stone

2 Liam McLaren

10 Terry Skeet

9 Douglas Crighton

Tries: Turland, Herron

Goals: Senter 1/2

Sin bin: Skeet

Half time: 28-6

Referee: Tom Hudson



Last Updated (Friday, 19 July 2013 07:06)


Students: ENGLAND 52 - 14 SOUTH AFRICA


11th July 2013, 10:33

By Pete Jackson


England retained their 100% Student World Cup winning record with a confident 52-14 over South Africa at Castleford’s Wish Communications stadium.


England went into the game as firm favourites after successive victories over Ireland and Wales, but fell behind after just two minutes as Scrum-half Hans Du Plessis got the Rhino’s off to the perfect start.


Garath Pratt’s side were aware that qualification was safe, barring a massive point swing, but were keen to emphasise their desire as Richard Hughes powered over just three minutes later to level.


Big hits and physical power dominated the first 20 minutes, but the visitors were upsetting the odds once more when Rupert Wells restored the South African lead 18 minutes from the break.


Once again, England hit back immediately, capitalising on ill discipline by the South African’s as Aaron Small showed his pace to cut through a defensive gap and score.


Before the half was out, England took the lead for the first time after a superb long pass out wide by Chris Atkin fell gratefully into the arms of winger Billy Griffiths, who had the simple job of crossing the line to give the English a 14-8 lead.


Griffiths was over again just three minutes later to give England a somewhat flattering 18-8 advantage going into half time.


England began to assert their dominance in the second half, with Sam Williamson somehow managing to charge over despite the desperate attempts of four South African players.


Quick fire tries from Small and then Tom Carroll made victory almost a certainty, with a 26 point gap on the board with 25 minutes still to play.


Professionalism was in show throughout the second half from the English, who knew victory and qualification had been achieved, yet still played with the strength and desire which saw captain Mark Wilson cross for his first of the evening.


Tries then started to come thick and fast from a rampant England side, as Small completed a clinical hat-trick, with the South Africans powerless to stop their dominant opponents.


The Rhino’s got themselves their third try of the night through Ian Van Deventer with 13 minutes to go, but it was to little avail as Anthony Squire scrambled over in the corner to bring up the England half century.


At full time, Gareth Pratt said of his sides display: “This games given us the wakeup call that we needed. They really came at us in the first half and we had to be on our guard,”


“We knew they (South Africa) would be physical and we knew they would take the game to us so we wanted to get the ball wide as much as we could, and we did that well in the second half.”


South Africa will take great pride from their display in this competition, after victory over the Irish and an unfortunate defeat at the hands of Wales, they will have high hopes for future competitions.


For Pratt and his England side, New Zealand lie in wait for a big Semi-final tie on Friday night (Tetley’s stadium, Dewsbury.)


England: 1 Gaz Hynes, 17 Anthony Squire, 4 Jamie Love, 8 Aaron Small, 18 Billy Griffiths, 7 Nathan Fozzard, 21 Chris Atkin, 12 Carl Loft, 11 Richard Hughes, 5 Sam Williamson, 10 Liam Thomspon, 14 Luke Bradley, 13 Sam Blaney Interchange: 24 Mark Wilson, 15 Tom Carroll, 19 James Wallace, 16 Nathan Britten

Head Coach: Garath Pratt


South Africa: 1 Allan Kasselman, 2 Chester Mbkela, 4 Jean Coetzer, 17 Carel Van Lill, 20 Rupert Wells, 6 Hein Olivier, 7 Hans Du Plessis, 12 Gerhard De Wet, 9 Andre Loader, 23 Paul Van Jaarsveld, 15 Jean Pierre Nel, 11 Ian Van Deventer, 18 Christo Joubert Interchange: 8 Shaunne Bouwer, 24 Manie Loots, 16 Rudolf Prinsloo, 19 Johan Harmse

Man of the match: Aaron Small

Attendance: 262


England: Anthony Squire, Aaron Small (3), Billy Griffiths (2), Richard Hughes, Sam Williamson, Mark Wilson, Tom Carroll

South Africa: Rupert Wells, Hans Du Plessis, Ian Van Deventer



Last Updated (Monday, 15 July 2013 11:33)


Students: South Africa 42-24 Ireland

(Apologies for the PHOTO its England vs Ireland)


07th July 2013, 18:40

By Jack Hoyle


12 man South Africa romped to a 42-24 victory against Ireland, thanks to an inspired Jean Coetzer performance to claim their first win of the tournament.


South Africa’s bright start in their last match against Wales came to nothing as they ended up losing 30-10. However, they were able to take advantage of early dominance against Ireland as they scored three tries in the opening 13 minutes to set the tone of how the game was going to be.


Jean Coetzer was in inspired form in the first half as he scored two brilliant individual tries and also set his team-mates up for two tries, whilst also making two conversions. The Irish defence were struggling to cope with his intelligent running as South Africa started to put points on the board racing to a 14-0 lead.


South Africa had a man sin-binned in the last match for an illegal shoulder charge and lacked discipline again in this one as Hans Du Plessis was shown a red card for kneeing his opponent.


Although his team was faced with disciplinary action again, Jonathan Soares said: “We couldn’t worry about the red card. It happened and the boys put it behind them and if we let it get to us we would have probably lost the game.”


Ireland took full advantage of having the extra man as they scored almost immediately after the incident. James Kelly produced a neat grubber kick for Paul Power to score in the corner, making the score 14-4.


Despite being a man down, South Africa continued to be dominant in the match as Ireland were struggling to match them physically as they were hit with a number of huge tackles, forcing a number of handling errors. This led to South Africa scoring two more tries, making the score 24-4 at half time.


South Africa started the second half as they ended the first as they scored two more tries through Pretorius and Harmse, but their man disadvantage started to show as Ireland were showing promising signs of a comeback. Luke Malone, Sean Rennison, Luke Dalton and Chris Hall all scored in quick succession to make the score 36-24.


But it was as all in vain as South Africa managed to score the last try of the game through Rudolph Prinsloo, as he charged through the defence to score under the sticks, converted by Hein Olivier to make the final score 42-24.


Ireland vastly improved their performance in the second half and can be proud of the efforts to try and get back into the game, but ultimately it was South Africa’s power and pace that won them the match.


Soares was delighted with his team’s passion to win as he said:


“The guys are playing for their families and the badge they wear on their heart. They weren’t willing to get themselves down again like the Wales game and i’m immensely proud of their performance today, which we hope to carry into the next game against the hosts England.”





Ireland Team


Starting: 1. Joseph Mulhern 2. Paul Power 3. Sean Hogan 4. Vincent Morris 5. Shane O’Reilly 6. James Kelly 7. Shane Kelly 8. Ger Arthurs 9. Zac Jungmann 10. Sean Rennison 11. Chris Hall 12. Luke Malone 13. Oliver O’Mara


Interchange: 14. Kenneth Savage 15. Luke Dalton 16. Stephen Costello 17. Joseph McSwiney


Tries: Power, Malone, Rennison, Dalton, Hall

Conversion: Savage (2)



South Africa Team


Starting: 1. Allan Kasselman 2. Chester Mbekela (Captain) 3. Hein Pretorius 4. Jean Coetzer 7. Hans Du Plessis 9. Andre Loader 12. Gerhard De Wet 13. Neels Venter 14. Jean-Di Oosthuysen 15. Jean-Pierre Nel (Vice Captain) 18. Christo Joubert 19. Johan Harmse 20. Rupert Wells


Interchange: 6. Hein Olivier 10. Christo Louw 16. Rudolf Prinsloo 22. Nardus Raubenheimer


Tries:  Coetzer (2), Harmse (2), Mbekela, Pretorius, Oosthuysen, Prinsloo,


Conversion: Coetzer (2), Olivier (3)

Sending off: Hans Du Plessis


Referee: Paul Stockman

Man of the Match: Jean Coetzer



Last Updated (Friday, 12 July 2013 07:49)


Student: Wales 30-10 South Africa


04th July 2013, 20:48

By Jack Hoyle


After a close fought game in which South Africa started the brighter of the two sides, it was Wales who eventually emerged victorious in the opening game of the Student World Cup following a 30-10 win at the stadium in Batley.


Wales came in to the tournament full of confidence having won the Student  Home Nations trophy less than a year ago and that form was evident as they put in a solid all round performance to beat South Africa.


It was South Africa who started brighter after Wales's Callum Bennett dropped a high ball and Marco Marais pounced to drive into the corner to touch down for the first try which Jean Coetzer was unable to convert.


That was as good as it got for South Africa in the first half though as Wales stepped up their performance, scoring four unanswered tries. James Gahan scored two as the South Africa defence struggled with his pace with Yannic Parker and Joel Knight notching the others. Callum Bennett converted two making the half time score 20-4.


Wales picked up where they left of in the second half with a good string of passes down the line enabling Parker to score his second of the game early on.


South Africa were sparked into life a short while after, as Hein Pretorius made a 60 metre break down the pitch, escaping a number of tackles on the way and offloading to Jean Coetzer in support of him to touch down for South Africa’s second try of the game.


This excitement for South Africa was short-lived however, as Riaan Laidlaw was sin-binned for an illegal shoulder charge only a minute later. Despite being down to 12 men it was South Africa who proceeded to attack and the Wales defence was being put under serious pressure. Although, a lack of composure in the final 5 metres meant that South Africa could find the breakthrough.


Wales had the final say though as Mike Ward made a break through the South African defence and was able to touch down under the sticks for Wales sixth try of the game, converted again by Bennett.


Wales Coach Clive Griffiths was happy with his team after the game.


“We showed some nice touches in the game and passed it around well," he said.


"This performance was pleasing as it is the first time we have played in 12 months so we were understandably a little rusty.


“It’s good to have a game under your belt and we’ll do some training over the next couple of days to make sure our performance was better than this one, despite the good result.”


South Africa Team


Starting: 1. Allan Kasselman (Captain) 3. Hein Pretorius 4. Jean Coetzer 5. Marco Marais 7. Hans Du Plessis 8. Shaune Brouwer 9. Andre Loader 10. Christo Louw 11. Ian Van Deventer 12. Gerhard De Wet 13. Neels Venter 15. Jean-Pierre Nel (Vice Captain) 17. Carel Van Lill


Interchange: 14. Jean-Di Oosthuysen 16. Rudolf Prinsloo 19. Johan Harmse 21. Riaan Laidlaw


Tries: Marais, Coetzer

Conversion: Coetzer


Wales Team


Starting: 2. Christian Roets 4. Yannic Parker 5. James Gahan 6. Jacob Morgan 7. Scott Amber 8. Isaak Duffy 9. Owain Griffiths 10. Callum Wilkinson 11. Mike Ward 13. Osian Phillips 17. Tom Hughes 18. Joel Knight 22. Callum Bennett


Interchange: 14. Louis Singleton 15. Harrison Elliot 19. Matthew Wilcox 20. Victor Coker


Tries: Gahan (2), Parker (2), Knight, Ward

Conversions: Bennett (3)


Referee: Tom Grant


Man of the Match: James Gahan (Wales)



Last Updated (Friday, 12 July 2013 07:42)
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