The English Lions are just one win away from reaching the finals of the Rugby League World Cup. If this is to happen, it will be the first time that England will be in the finals of a World Cup in 22 years. The Lions prop Thomas Burgess said that the team is fully aware of the situation they are in.
England is looking to wipe off the pain that they suffered in 2013 when they had to face defeat at the hands of New Zealand in a tight semi-final. The last semi-final in the Rugby World Cup against Kiwis was a heartbreaking one as they got defeated by Shaun Johnson’s brilliance in the dying moments of the game.
The fixtures of the 2019 Rugby World Cup tournament have been drawn up and the different teams are reflecting on how the schedule will work in favor or against several teams. For instance, the All Blacks team seems to have landed in a dilemma as per their matches and venues that have been finalized. Most of their matches will be played at venues in Yokohama and Tokyo. Coach Steve Hansen of the All Blacks team sees a pivotal match placed before them against South Africa in Pool B.
How they perform in the match will decide whether the quarter finals will prove to be comfortable or difficult. This game is scheduled to take place on September 21st at Yokohama. The showpiece game that comes up after that will not give the team much breathing room. Hansen informed media that there is an upcoming match up planned against Boks before the All Blacks take on the Barbarians this coming Sunday. He stated that the team needs to spruce up and be excited about it as that is what is coming up.
The 2017 Rugby League World Cup featuring 14 nations slugging it out for five weeks has Australia as favourites but the competition would be more intense this time. Australia are 10 times champions and they have considerable chances at lifting the title yet again but there is no absolute.
New Zealand defeated them in Brisbane back in 2008 and they could repeat the coup this time. England are another formidable side. The 15th edition would see the top three sides plus rising Tonga spark up intense competition.
Tonga are set to have more top profile players feature for them as rugby league rules allow players to switch from tier one sides to tier two sides. The Aussies, the Kiwis and England and are the top 1 teams.