Milwaukee County Stadium
Milwaukee County Stadium was a multi-purpose stadium in Wisconsin, located in the city of Milwaukee. Opened in 1953, it was a baseball park for the major league Milwaukee Braves and Brewers, it was used for football games, ice skating, religious services and other large events. Its final season was in 2000. Milwaukee County Stadium was built as a home for the Milwaukee Brewers of the minor league American Association, replacing the outdated and deteriorating Borchert Field. Both locations would be influenced by the future Milwaukee County freeway system, as Borchert Field's footprint would be cleared to make way for Interstate 43, with County Stadium located southwest of the interchange with the Stadium Freeway and Interstate 94. Several locations around the city, including the Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis were considered before the city settled on the defunct site of the Story Quarry, on the west side of Milwaukee near the Story Hill neighborhood. County Stadium was the first ballpark in the United States financed with public funds.
Construction began in October 1950 and, hampered by steel shortages during the Korean War, was completed in 1953. Construction cost was $5.9 million, with the bonds paid off in 1964. The city of Milwaukee hoped to use the new facility to attract a Major League Baseball franchise, in this respect their efforts were successful. In fact, the minor league Brewers would never get a chance to play at the new stadium. Before it was completed, the new "Milwaukee County Municipal Stadium" drew the interest of major league clubs; the St. Louis Browns, who had played in Milwaukee in 1901, the inaugural season of the American League, applied for permission to relocate back to the city they had left half a century before; the Boston Braves, the parent club of the Brewers, blocked the proposed move. The Braves had long been struggling at the gate in Boston, rumors of them relocating had been floating for some time; the move to keep Milwaukee available as a new home indicated to many observers that the Braves would move to Milwaukee themselves.
Three weeks before the beginning of the 1953 season, right before the new stadium was ready to open, the Braves made it official, applying for permission to relocate. The other National League owners agreed, with the team becoming the Milwaukee Braves; the Braves' first regular season home game was on April 14 against the St. Louis Cardinals. Bill Bruton hit. In their first season in Milwaukee, the Braves set the National League attendance record of 1.8 million. The first published issue of Sports Illustrated on August 16, 1954, featured County Stadium with Braves batter Eddie Mathews on its cover, along with New York Giants catcher Wes Westrum and home plate umpire Augie Donatelli. On July 12, 1955, County Stadium hosted the 22nd All-Star Game; the National League won, 6–5, on a 12th-inning home run by Stan Musial. The Braves hosted back-to-back World Series in 1958, both against the New York Yankees; the Braves defeated the Yankees in seven games in 1957, but the Yankees returned the favor the next year.
The stadium continued to be the National League's top draw until 1959 when the Dodgers, who had moved to Los Angeles two years before, overtook the Braves. In the early 1960s attendance fell, along with the Braves' standings, amid an unstable ownership situation; the Milwaukee Braves used the stadium through the 1965 season when new owners, seeking a larger television market, moved the team to Atlanta. In an effort to return Major League Baseball to Milwaukee after the departure of the Braves, local businessman and minority Braves owner Bud Selig brought other teams to play at County Stadium, beginning with a 1967 exhibition game between the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins; the exhibition game attracted more than 51,000 spectators, so Selig's group contracted with Sox owner Arthur Allyn to host nine Chicago White Sox home games at County Stadium in 1968. Selig's experiment was successful – those nine games drew 264,297 fans; those games took place on May 15 vs. the California Angels, May 28 vs. the Baltimore Orioles, June 17 vs. the Cleveland Indians, June 24 vs. the Minnesota Twins, July 11 vs. the New York Yankees, July 22 vs. the Oakland A's, August 2 vs. Washington Senators, August 8 vs. the Boston Red Sox, August 26 vs. the Detroit Tigers.
In Chicago that season, the Sox drew 539,478 fans to their remaining 72 home dates. In just a handful of games, the Milwaukee crowds accounted for nearly one-third of the total attendance at White Sox games. In light of this success and Allyn agreed that County Stadium would host Sox home games again the next season. In 1969, the Sox schedule in Milwaukee was expanded to include 11 home games. Although those games were attended by fewer fans they represented a greater percentage of the total White Sox attendance than the previous year – over one-third of the fans who went to Sox home games in 1969 did so at County Stadium; those games took place on April 23 vs. the California Angels, May 22 vs. Detroit Tigers, May 28 vs. the New York Yankees, June 11 vs. the Cleveland Indians, June 16 vs. the Seattle Pilots, July 2 vs. the Minnesota Twins, July 7 vs. the Oakland A's, August 6 vs. the Washington Senators, August 13 vs. the Boston Red Sox, Septem
League 1 (rugby league)
League 1, is a semi-professional rugby league competition based in the United Kingdom. The competition features clubs from Wales, included clubs from Canada and France, it is the Rugby Football League's third-tier competition, below the Championship, with which it has promotion and relegation. The league was inaugurated in 2003 when the Northern Ford Premiership was divided into two separate leagues named National League One and National League Two. In 2009, the league names were changed to the Championship and Championship 1 with the latter adopting its current name of League 1 in 2015. Third-division rugby league competitions in the United Kingdom have existed periodically since 1991; the current incarnation was created in 2003 when the second-division competition below Super League, the Northern Ford Premiership, was split into National Leagues One and Two. Teams that finished in the top ten league positions of the Northern Ford Premiership at the end of the 2002 season formed National League One, while the remaining eight formed National League Two where they were joined by two additional clubs, London Skolars from the Rugby League Conference and York City Knights, who replaced the defunct York Wasps and joined National League Two for the inaugural season in 2003.
At the end of the 2005 Super League season, an extra team was relegated to National League One in order to accommodate French side Catalans Dragons' entry to the competition. In turn, an additional team was relegated from National League One to League Two, while Blackpool Panthers were elected to National League Two for the 2005 season to replace the defunct Chorley Lynx, leaving 11 teams in League Two. In order to up the numbers, the Welsh team Celtic Crusaders were admitted to the competition in 2005, first playing in the 2006 season and increasing the division to twelve teams. In 2009 Super League was expanded to 14 teams, with two additional teams being promoted from National League One. In turn, two additional teams were promoted from National League Two to National League One at the end of the 2008 season, reducing the number of teams in National League Two to 10. National Leagues One and Two were rebranded as Championship and Championship 1 with the change being implemented in time for the 2009 season.
South Wales Scorpions were admitted to Championship 1 for the 2010 season, increasing the number of teams in the league to 11. Blackpool Panthers left the league in 2011, once again reducing the number of teams to 10. In 2013, three new teams were admitted to the league. To facilitate this expansion, in 2012 four teams were promoted to the Championship from Championship 1 and no teams were relegated from the Championship, meaning that the 2013 Championship 1 season was contested by 9 teams. In 2014 expansion and restructure took place with 5 teams relegated from the Championship and Coventry Bears added to expand the league to 14 teams, renamed League 1. A new playoff structure was introduced with two teams being promoted to the Championship. In 2015 the League 1 Cup was introduced as an additional competition for League 1 clubs. In 2016 Toulouse Olympique joined the league, bringing the total number of teams to 15. Toronto Wolfpack joined the league in 2017, bringing the total number of teams to 16.
In 2016, the Super 8s format, used in the Super League and Championship was introduced to League 1. Under the amended structure, the 16 League 1 clubs play a regular season of 15 rounds, playing each other once either home or away. Following the conclusion of their regular league seasons, the 16 clubs compete in a playoff series where they split into 2 divisions of 8 based upon league position: The top eight League 1 clubs compete in the League 1 Super 8s, they play each other once to determine the champion and the four clubs that will compete in the playoffs for the second promotion place. The remaining clubs compete for the League 1 Shield; this format remained in use for the 2017 season but on 26 October 2017, it was confirmed that Oxford Rugby League and Gloucestershire All Golds will not compete for the 2018 season, in favour of creating a merged club in Bristol for 2019. This reduces the number of clubs to 14 and for 2018 the Super 8 format has been discarded and instead the teams will play a 26 game season.
The club top of the table after 26 games will automatically be promoted to the Championship and those finishing second to fifth will play off for the other promotion spot. The format was modified for 2019 following an RFL extraordinary general meeting in September 2018; the number of clubs in the division will be reduced to 12 and the top six teams will compete for two promotion places to the Championship. However on 23 October 2018, Hemel Stags announced that the club was withdrawing from the league for 2019 reducing the number of teams to 11; the team finishing top of the 11-team league after the 20-game regular season will automatically be promoted a series of six further matches will decide the second promotion spot. *capacity for Rugby League games may differ from official stadium capacity. Teams play each other once home and away in a round robin system. At the end of the season the team finishing first is promoted to the Championship. There is no relegation from League 1. Teams finishing between 2nd and 6th compete in a playoff to decide the second promotion spot.
In the play-offs first round there are two.
Rugby league football is a full-contact sport played by two teams of thirteen players on a rectangular field. One of the two codes of rugby, it originated in Northern England in 1895 as a split from the Rugby Football Union over the issue of payments to players, its rules progressively changed with the aim of producing a faster, more entertaining game for spectators. In rugby league, points are scored by carrying the ball and touching it to the ground beyond the opposing team's goal line; the opposing team attempts to stop the attacking side scoring points by tackling the player carrying the ball. In addition to tries, points can be scored by kicking goals. After each try, the scoring team gains a free kick to try at goal with a conversion for further points. Kicks at goal may be awarded for penalties, field goals can be attempted at any time. Rugby league is the national sport of Papua New Guinea, is a popular sport in Northern England, the states of Queensland and New South Wales in Australia, South Auckland in New Zealand, southwest France and Lebanon.
The Super League and the National Rugby League are the premier club competitions. Rugby league is played internationally, predominantly by European and Pacific Island countries, is governed by the Rugby League International Federation; the first Rugby League World Cup was held in France in 1954. Rugby league football takes its name from the bodies that split to create a new form of rugby, distinct from that run by the Rugby Football Unions, in Britain and New Zealand between 1895 and 1908; the first of these, the Northern Rugby Football Union, was established in 1895 as a breakaway faction of England's Rugby Football Union. Both organisations played the game under the same rules at first, although the Northern Union began to modify rules immediately, thus creating a new faster, stronger paced form of rugby football. Similar breakaway factions split from RFU-affiliated unions in Australia and New Zealand in 1907 and 1908, renaming themselves "rugby football leagues" and introducing Northern Union rules.
In 1922, the Northern Union changed its name to the Rugby Football League and thus over time the sport itself became known as "rugby league" football. In 1895, a schism in Rugby football resulted in the formation of the Northern Rugby Football Union. Although many factors played a part in the split, including the success of working class northern teams, the main division was caused by the RFU decision to enforce the amateur principle of the sport, preventing "broken time payments" to players who had taken time off work to play rugby. Northern teams had more working class players who could not afford to play without this compensation, in contrast to affluent southern teams who had other sources of income to sustain the amateur principle. In 1895, a decree by the RFU banning the playing of rugby at grounds where entrance fees were charged led to twenty-two clubs meeting at the George Hotel, Huddersfield on 29 August 1895 and forming the "Northern Rugby Football Union". Within fifteen years of that first meeting in Huddersfield, more than 200 RFU clubs had left to join the rugby revolution.
In 1897, the line-out was in 1898 professionalism introduced. In 1906, the Northern Union changed its rules, reducing teams from 15 to 13 a side and replacing the ruck formed after every tackle with the play the ball. A similar schism to that which occurred in England took place in Australia. There, on 8 August 1907 the New South Wales Rugby Football League was founded at Bateman's Hotel in George Street. Rugby league went on to displace rugby union as the primary football code in New South Wales and Queensland. On 5 May 1954 over 100,000 spectators watched the 1953–54 Challenge Cup Final at Odsal Stadium, England, setting a new record for attendance at a rugby football match of either code. In 1954 the Rugby League World Cup, the first for either code of rugby, was formed at the instigation of the French. In 1966, the International Board introduced a rule that a team in possession was allowed three play-the-balls and on the fourth tackle a scrum was to be formed; this was increased to six tackles in 1972 and in 1983 the scrum was replaced by a handover.
1967 saw. The first sponsors, Joshua Tetley and John Player, entered the game for the 1971–72 Northern Rugby Football League season. Television would have an enormous impact on the sport of rugby league in the 1990s when Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation sought worldwide broadcasting rights and refused to take no for an answer; the media giant's "Super League" movement saw big changes for the traditional administrators of the game. In Europe, it resulted in a move from a winter sport to a summer one as the new Super League competition tried to expand its market. In Australasia, the Super League war resulted in long and costly legal battles and changing loyalties, causing significant damage to the code in an competitive sporting market. In 1997 two competitions were run alongside each other in Australia, after which a peace deal in the form of the National Rugby League was formed; the NRL has since become recognised as the sport's flagship competition and since that time has set record TV ratings and crowd figures.
The objective in rugby league is to score more points through tries and field goals than the opposition within the 80 minutes of play. If after two halves of play, each consisting of forty minutes, the two teams are drawing, a draw may be declar
The Balmain Tigers are a rugby league football club based in the inner-western Sydney suburb of Balmain. They were a founding member of the New South Wales Rugby League and one of the most successful in the history of the premiership, with eleven titles. In 1999 they formed a joint venture club with the neighbouring Western Suburbs Magpies club to form the Wests Tigers for competition in the National Rugby League, they no longer field any senior teams in the lower divisions. At the time of the joint venture only South Sydney Rabbitohs and the St George Dragons had won more titles than the Tigers; the club's home grounds are at present Leichhardt Oval, in Lilyfield, T. G Milner Sportsground, in Marsfield; the distinctive black and orange colours of their 1908 thin striped jerseys led their fans to nickname them "The Tigers". In 1908 Australia's first season of rugby league began in Sydney and the Balmain club were one of nine foundation clubs. One of the club's founders was future Premier of John Storey.
Their home ground was Birchgrove Park. Balmain reached their first Grand Final in only the second year in the competition against the previous year's champions, South Sydney, but would protest as the match was scheduled as a warm up for a Kangaroos vs. Wallabies game at Souths' home ground. Souths were awarded the Premiership when they kicked off to an empty half of the field. After a string of poor years the Tigers managed a strong turn-around to become a dominant force in the Australian Rugby League with the club's first and third Premierships coming in successive years dominating the 1915, 1916 and 1917 seasons. Tigers dominance continued winning the 1920 seasons comfortably; when they won the 1924 premiership this would be the last success for Balmain for over a decade to come. It would not be until 1939 the Tigers won back the Premiership smashing Souths 33-4; the weekend of the Final will be remembered for the invasion of Poland by Germany which led to England and Australia going to War.
Post-World War II marked a golden era for Balmain with the Tigers reaching five consecutive Grand Finals winning three of them. In the 1944 Grand Final the Tigers beat the strong favourites Newtown 19-16. Balmain reached the Grand Final again in 1945 but fell at the last hurdle against Easts 22-18; the loss was not long remembered as the Tigers went on to take out the next two seasons, beating St George 14-12 in 1946, Canterbury 13-9 in 1947. On the hunt for a third successive title, they lost to Wests in 1948; the Tigers' jerseys The Tigers would appear in several Grand Final matches throughout the 1950s and 1960s but were just another victim to the mighty St. George Dragons eleven-year streak of Premiership wins in this period, losing in 1956, 1964 and 1966; when the Tigers did take out the competition in the 1969 NSWRFL season it was a classy 11-2 defeat of favourites Souths who boasted 11 internationals, this would signal the last time Balmain would win a Grand Final. The side was captained by Peter Provan, brother of Norm, coached by Leo Nosworthy.
The 1970s were not a great era for the Tigers. The wooden spoon had not been in Balmain since 1911, but it returned for the second time in club history when the Tigers won only 4 games and had 2 draws in 1974 following a number of poor years; that period of time between 1911 and 1974 remains the longest wooden spoon drought for any team. In 1976 things looked more hopeful when Balmain began the year with an undefeated run through the pre-season "Wills Cup" competition; the side won the 1976 Amco Cup knockout tournament in front of a then-record crowd of 21,600, beating North Sydney. The Tigers won eight straight games and led the competition, but a mid season slump left the Tigers in the same position as in 1975 and they failed to make the finals; the Tigers made the finals series in the 1980s reaching the play-offs in 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988 and 1989. On 4 August 1985 a crowd of 21,707 set a new ground record for Leichhardt Oval. In 1986, one of Balmain's players, Great Britain captain Garry Schofield topped the try-scorers list for the season.
The 1988 Great Britain Lions tour captain Ellery Hanley was signed by the Balmain Tigers to play the remaining rounds of the 1988 NSWRFL season for them once his representative commitments were fulfilled. The Tigers reached the 1988 Grand Final, the first time since the 1969 success, winning a lot of fans along the way with a number of ‘backs to the wall’ performances winning four consecutive sudden death matches in just 3 weeks; the top five teams out of the premiership table went on to the final series, this was the first time since 1979 that a team in fifth position had progressed to the Grand Final. In 1988 the Tigers were deemed certain to miss the finals with 8 games left in the regular season; the Tigers remarkably only lost a single game from that point onwards reaching the Grand Final against Canterbury, only to be denied the trophy in a controversial 24-12 loss. Canterbury player, Terry Lamb, is still remembered by fans for knocking out the legendary Ellery Hanley with a high shot in back play midway through the first half.
The Tigers were leading the game at the time. The side would again make this time as favourites; the ’89 Final is regarded by many as one of the best in the history of Rugby League. In a controversial affair the side lost in extra time against the Canberra Raiders after being ahead 12-2 at half time. After the heartbreak of the 1989 Grand Final, the Tigers never regained their dominating form and went through a rebuilding phase following the retirement of star players Wayne Pearce, Garry Jack, Steve Roach and David Brooks who had all played over 10
2010 AMNRL season
The 2010 American National Rugby League season was the 13th season of the AMNRL. The Pittsburgh Vipers are the newest team to enter the competition and the Bucks County Sharks have withdrawn from the competition; some teams will field a 2nd team which will be played after the main game in order to give players more experience. The Canada national rugby league team has been invited to play in the War at the Shore only and will not feature in the regular season competition with the game set to be re-launched in Canada after years of inactivity A Chicago-based team will play in the War at the Shore with future plans to enter into the AMNRL; the competition starts June 5 and finishes August 28. Below indicates the matches. Week of June 5 Northern Raiders Week of June 12 Connecticut Wildcats Week of June 19 Jacksonville Axemen Week of June 26 Philadelphia Fight Fairfax Eagles New York Knights Open for holiday and potential makeup date Week of July 10 Washington DC Slayers Boston 13s New Haven Warriors Week of July 17 Aston Bulls Week of July 24 New York faced Bucks County Sharks in the Washington Crossing Challenge replacement game New York defeated Bucks County 46-12.
Pittsburgh Vipers Week of July 31 Robert Preston Memorial Rugby League Challenge Cup The new look War at the Shore event has been won by the DC Internationals, a select side from Washington. The Internationals beat the New York Knights 10-0 in the championship final Saturday evening in Sea Isle City, NJ; the American National Rugby League's showpiece event had a vastly different look about it this year with teams playing abbreviated games as part of a festival-like set up. The New York Knights, Aston Bulls, Philadelphia Fight, Boston 13s and Connecticut Wildcats of the AMNRL were joined by select sides from Washington DC and New England, as well as a Canadian representative team; the DC Internationals were a combination of the Washington DC Slayers and Fairfax Eagles, while the New England Immortals were composed of players from the 13s, Wildcats and New Haven Warriors. The Canadian Mounties represented teams north of the border. Matches in the championship bracket consisted of two 15-minutes halves and games in the elimination bracket were 10-minute halves.
In excess of 2000 people were attracted to the event. There were fan activities all day long, plus music and giveaways to keep spectators entertained. In the championship final, the Internationals scored two tries and kept their own line intact in a decider, much a back and forth contest; the Knights opened the match in solid fashion by controlling the ball, but they couldn't crack the opposition's line. After absorbing the early pressure, the Internationals got the opening score when Tom O'Connor kicked ahead on the last tackle, regathered the ball and went in for the try; the teams went to the interval with the Internationals leading 4-0. The second frame was much the same with both sides threatening to score, both putting up goal line stands and both being held up over the line; as time was about to expire, Michael Chapman sealed the deal with a try for the Internationals. It was converted by Reece Blayney and the'Robert Preston Memorial Rugby League Challenge Cup' was won for the first time.
John Young was named War at the Shore MVP. Young had a stellar day. "It was the Australians. They played their brand of rugby from back home," Internationals manager Rich Nolte told ARN. "For the most part, the Americans on the team were in the forwards and they put in some excellent work on defense." From New York's standpoint mistakes at inopportune times proved costly. "All in all it was an exciting game," said Knights CEO Rob Ballachandran. "It was good for us because we were able to get a lot of our young reserve guys into the mix and with the playoffs starting in a couple of weeks, the team bonding was important." In the Rugby League Sevens Exhibition game, the Northern Raiders beat the Chicago Stockyarders select side 18-10. Week of August 31 Team Preparations for Playoffs Weeks of August 14, 21, 28 8 Teams Seeded according to points earned during regular season. Lowest seed always plays highest seed. August 14 Pre game matches: Red vs Blue Philadelphia Fight vs Chicago Stockyarders Ladies Eagletag April 20th Former Parramatta Eels and St. George Illawarra Dragons NRL player Daniel Wagon arrived in the United States in May to play for the Aston Bulls.
June 12th Former NRL players Tony Duggan and Jye Mullane signed with the New Haven Warriors after finishing stints in France. A preseason match between the Philadelphia Fight and the Fairfax Eagles was played at the Wachovia Center in front of 10,100 fans in a bid to increase awareness of rugby league in the United States and to help raise spectator numbers for the Philadelphia Wings lacrosse team; the score was a nil. America One are showing National Rugby League matches from Australia and New Zealand as well as Super League matches from Europe. There are plans to show the AMNRL Grand Final on the America One channel as well as US Tomahawks matches. JAXAXE TV streams. Final standings: David Niu's Twitter AMNRL Website
Rugby League World Cup
The Rugby League World Cup is an international rugby league tournament, contested by national teams of the Rugby League International Federation, first held in France in 1954, the first World Cup in either rugby code. The idea of a rugby league world cup tournament was first mooted in the 1930s with the French proposal to hold a tournament in 1931, again in 1951; the fifteen tournaments held to date have been at intervals ranging from two to eight years, have featured a number of formats. So far three nations have won the competition. Australia and New Zealand are the only teams to have played in all tournaments. Since 2000, the RLIF has organised World Cups for women and other categories; the 2017 Rugby League World Cup was held in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, won by Australia. The Rugby League World Cup was an initiative of the French, campaigning for a competition since 1935; the idea was raised in 1951 by the President of the French Rugby League. In 1952, Rugby Football League secretary Bill Fallowfield persuaded the Rugby League Council to support the concept.
At a meeting in Blackpool, England in 1953, the International Board accepted Paul Barrière’s proposal that France should be the nation to host the first tournament to be known as the "Rugby World Cup". In addition to the hosts, the tournament featured teams from Britain and New Zealand; the 1954 Rugby League World Cup was won by Great Britain who defeated France in Paris on 13 November to claim the title. The World Cup was contested by the four Test nations: Australia, Great Britain and New Zealand; the teams played each other in a league format. A final match was played between the top two teams in 1954, it was decided that the team that finished first in the league would be declared the winner at the second World Cup in 1957, when Australia proved victorious on their home ground. After the successful 1960 competition, in which Great Britain won the title for the second time, there would be no further World Cup for eight years; the competition had been scheduled to be held in France in 1965, this time with the inclusion of the South African team.
However, after an unsuccessful tour of Australia, the French withdrew. The tournament was next held in 1968, followed a two-year cycle until the mid-1970s; the 1972 World Cup final ended in 10-all, the title was awarded to Great Britain by virtue of their superior record in the qualifiers. Great Britain were captained by Welshman, Clive Sullivan, the first black player to captain any British national sports team. In 1975, the competition underwent a radical overhaul, it was decided to play matches on a home and away basis around the world instead of one host nation and the Great Britain team was split into England and Wales meaning that the tournament would be increased from the 4 teams of previous tournaments to 5, this number taking part in the two future internationally held tournaments. There was not a final held to decide the champions of the 1975 tournament and so Australia won by virtue of topping the group standings; as Australia had not beaten England in that tournament a'final challenge match' was hastily arranged which Australia would win 25-0.
In 1977 it was decided. Although the final between Australia and Great Britain was a fought affair, public interest in the tournament waned due to the continuing tinkering with the format and it was not held again until the mid-1980s. From 1985 to 1988, each nation played each other a number of times on a home and away basis with a number of these games being considered part of various international tours that took place during the years in which these world cups were being played. At the end of that period, Australia met New Zealand at Eden Park; the match was a physical encounter, Australian captain Wally Lewis played part of the match with a broken arm. The Kangaroos won the competition 25-12; this format was repeated from 1989–1992 and Australia won again, defeating Great Britain 10-6 at Wembley Stadium in front of 73,361 people. This crowd remained a Rugby League World Cup record until beaten by the 74,468 crowd which attended the 2013 World Cup Final at Old Trafford; the fifth nation to compete in these two tournaments was Papua New Guinea.
In 1995, the competition was once again restructured, returning to the traditional'host' format with ten teams entering. Unlike previous tournaments where the top two teams in the table playing in the final, a knockout stage was added with a quarter and semi final. New teams competing included Fiji, Tonga and South Africa. Due to the Super League war, players aligned with the rebel competition were not selected by the ARL to represent the Kangaroos; this meant the absence of many star players from the Australian team's line-up. The tournament, held to celebrate the centenary of the sport in England, was successful with over 250,000 people attending the group stages and over 66,000 people attending the final to see Australia defeat England 16-8. Following the Super League war, the subsequent re-structuring of rugby league's international governing bodies meant that the proposed 1998 World Cup was postponed; the 2000 World Cup expanded the field further, with sixteen teams entering. This tournament included a New Zealand Maori representative team, the only time this team has t
Mark Offerdahl is a United States international rugby league footballer who coaches his hometown club the Goondiwindi Boars in Australia. Playing as a prop, he can play as a second-row or lock, he was a member of the USA squad for both the 2017 World Cups. He has played for AS Carcassonne, in France, North Wales Crusaders, in Wales, London Broncos and Sheffield Eagles, in England. Offerdahl is known as'Captain America' because of his position as captain of the USA International team. Offerdahl was born in Goondiwindi, Australia, is of American descent through his father, a native of Madison, Wisconsin who served in the United States Army. Offerdahl played his junior rugby league for Goondiwindi in the Toowoomba Rugby League, he played for the Manly Sea Eagles at a junior level, spent time with the Easts Tigers in the Queensland Cup, AS Carcassonne in the French Elite One Championship, the Connecticut Wildcats in the AMNRL. Following the 2013 World Cup, Offerdahl signed with the promoted Championship side North Wales Crusaders.
He left the club mid-season to join the Illawarra Cutters in the New South Wales Cup. On 11 August 2014, Offerdahl signed with the Bradford Bulls in the Championship for the 2015 season, but did not join the club due to recurring injuries. Offerdahl signed a two-year contract with London Broncos in the Championship on 23 July 2015; the front-rower made nearly 40 appearances for the Broncos and scored 5 tries in his two years with the club. During his time in London, Offerdahl was sent on loan to Oxford, Here, he played in just one game. On finishing his two-year contract with Broncos, Offerdahl signed a one-year deal with fellow Championship outfit the Sheffield Eagles, he became first of 2018, ahead of the upcoming season. Having played nearly 30 games that season, Offerdahl returned to his birth place to coach local side the Goondiwindi Boars. In October 2011, Offerdahl was selected to represent the United States in their 2013 World Cup qualifying matches against South Africa and Jamaica, scoring a try against Jamaica.
In 2013, Offerdahl was named in the US squad for the 2013 World Cup. He played in their three group matches against the Cook Islands and Scotland, along with their semi-final against Australia, he scored a try against the Cook Islands. In December 2015, Offerdahl captained the United States in their 2017 World Cup qualifying matches against Jamaica and Canada, scoring a try against Jamaica. On 24 September 2017, Offerdahl was named in the United States' squad for the 2017 World Cup, he was played in all of their games. Mark continues to be an advocate for growing the game in the States. Mark's passion for health and fitness extends from the footy field and his own training, to helping others reach their goals and leave the healthiest lives they can. A qualified Personal Trainer and Nutritionist, Mark along with his wife Jenna run Raw World Company, a health conscious snack food brand selling in the UK, Australia and U. S. Raw World Company's philosophy is to get everyone to'snack right', to be aware of what is in the foods we eat with their'ALL THE GOOD STUFF, NO NASTIES' policy.
Raw World Company is a social enterprise giving a percentage of profits to help good causes, causes that support the brands core vales of Health & Wellbeing, Sustainability & World Environmental Issues. Sheffield Eagles profile London Broncos profile 2013 RLWC profile Easts Tigers profile 2017 RLWC profile