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1972 Rugby League World Cup

1972 (1972) World Cup  ()
Number of teams 4
Host country 23x15px France
Winner 23x15px Great Britain (3rd title)

Matches played 7
Attendance 62,456 (8,922 per match)
Points scored 240 (34.29 per match)
Top scorer 23x15px John Holmes (rugby league) (26)
Top try scorer 23x15px Bob Fulton (5)
 < 1970

The sixth Rugby League World Cup was held in France in October and November 1972. Australia started as the favourites to retain the trophy they had won just two years previously. New Zealand had beaten all three of the other nations in 1971 and France were expected to be tough opponents on their home soil. In the event Great Britain confounded most expectations by running out worthy winners and levelling their tally of World Cup wins at 3–3 with the Australians.

The final was held at Stade Gerland in Lyon. Great Britain played Australia and in the end, with scores level and unchanged after extra time, claimed the cup on league placing.

This was the last World Cup to be played under the four-tackle rule.



The Australian team was coached by Harry Bath


Great Britain

The Great Britain team was coached by Jim Challinor

New Zealand