Australia’s Jillaroos have broken New Zealand’s 13 year reign winning the 2013 Rugby League World Cup at Headingly Stadium, UK, overnight.
The Jillaroos went ahead early in the second half and then withstood a punishing period of play from New Zealand as they tried to get back into the game.
However, the Aussies stayed strong and finished all over their opponents running out winners 22 – 12.
This is Australia’s first women’s World Cup win and the first defeat ever for New Zealand.
“This was a true team effort by all 23 players,” Jillaroos coach Paul Dyer said.
“We never gave up against a bigger and stronger team and in the end, wore them down with brilliant defence.
“We dedicate this win to Graham Murray our former coach who was struck down with illness just prior to the World Cup campaign.”
Australia dominated Rugby League’s Festival of the World Cups in the UK winning four individual world cups with the Armed Forces, the Jillaroos, Student and Police teams all bringing home the gold.
Australia’s Police defeated the current World Champions, Fiji, 18 – 16 in a physical contest where the result was in doubt until the final siren.
Australia then lifted the World Cup trophy again with an excellent performance by the Armed Forces against New Zealand with a 32-22 win, impressing Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens watching on the sideline.
Following was Australia’s first ever women’s World Cup win and the first defeat ever for New Zealand 22-12.
To cap off the tour Australia Students have beaten England 26-16 in the Student World Cup Final.
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