Australia has brought 13 newcomers to the Rugby League World Cup starting this weekend.
Even if all 24 players in the Kangaroos squad were uncapped, it still wouldn’t matter.
They are the raging favorite to engrave their name on the Paul Barriere Trophy after the Nov. 19 final at Old Trafford. Australia is already inscribed from eight of the last nine World Cups, 11 out of 15 in tournament history. Few teams have so dominated their sport’s biggest titles as the Kangaroos; beside Chinese divers, Japanese judokas and Canadian curlers.
“Winning competitions is what drives you as a player and the World Cup is an opportunity to realize those dreams. We’re coming to win it,” Australia coach Mal Meninga warned.
The great Meninga reminds the squad of its brilliant legacy. He captained the world champions in 1992 and coached them to glory in 2017.
An old sparring partner, British great…