The 2000 Rugby League World Cup was held during October and November of that year in Great Britain, Ireland and France. Sixteen national teams competed in four groups of four, playing each other once over three weekly rounds before a series of play-offs that culminated in the final between Australia and New Zealand. Tournament favourites Australia defeated New Zealand in the final, claiming their sixth consecutive and ninth total Rugby League World Cup title. Australian winger Wendell Sailor was named player of the tournament.
The millennium World Cup attracted a record sponsorship of over £1 million from Lincoln Financial Group, who had also sponsored Great Britain’s Tests against New Zealand the previous autumn.
The World Cup trophy for this tournament was the original, that was made in 1954, and used for the first time in 30 years. Originally presented to the winning nation for the first four tournaments, it was stolen in 1970. It was then recovered in 1990 after being found dumped in a ditch in Bingley in Yorkshire.
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WALES SQUAD – Click on the surnames for a player profile. When viewing on a mobile phone, it’s best to view in landscape mode. All data below just refers to the 2000 World Cup.
HEAD COACH – Clive Griffiths TEAM MANAGER – Mike Nicholas
|Jason||Critchley||Wakefield Trinity Wildcats||5||1||0||0||4|
|Iestyn||Harris (c)||Leeds Rhinos||5||2||21||0||50|
|Paul||Highton||Salford City Reds||5||0||0||0||0|
|David||Luckwell||Hull Kingston Rovers||1||0||0||0||0|
|Chris||Morley||Salford City Reds||4||0||0||0||0|
|Kris||Tassell||Salford City Reds||4||4||0||0||16|