Rugby League Four Nations Final

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Rugby League Four Nations Final
Teams 2
First meeting 2009
Latest meeting 2016
Broadcasters Australia Nine Network
England BBC Sport
New Zealand Sky Sport
Statistics
Meetings total 5
Most wins  Australia (3 titles)
All-time series Rugby League Four Nations
Largest victory  Australia 46–16  England

The Rugby League Four Nations final is the championship game in the Rugby League Four Nations tournament. The tournament consists of four international teams that play each other once in a league table. The top two teams at the end of the six group games then play each other again for the championship.

The tournament has been played four times with each ending in a final game. Two have taken place in England, one in Australia and one in New Zealand. The two finals in England have both taken part at the same stadium, Elland Road, Leeds; these two finals have seen England take part but lose both games to Australia.[1][2] The two finals to take place in Oceania have both been won by New Zealand,[3] with the second in 2014 being won on home soil at Westpac Stadium, Wellington.[4] As a result, this is the only time that a host nation has won the tournament on home soil. As of 2014, no fourth nation has reached the final. The 2016 final will be held at Anfield, Liverpool, England.

Finals[edit]

Year Winners Score Runner–up Venue City Attendance
2009  Australia 46–16  England Elland Road Leeds 31,042
2010  New Zealand 16–12  Australia Suncorp Stadium Brisbane 36,299
2011  Australia 30–8  England Elland Road Leeds 34,174
2014  New Zealand 22–18  Australia Westpac Stadium Wellington 25,093
2016  Australia 34–8  New Zealand Anfield Liverpool 40,042

Venues[edit]

Leeds' Elland Road has hosted the most finals with the venue being used twice. The Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia holds the record for the highest attendance with 36,299 spectators watching the 2010 final. Anfield in Liverpool, England will host the 2016 final.

City Stadium Years Highest attendance
England Leeds Elland Road 2009, 2011 34,174
Australia Brisbane Suncorp Stadium 2010 36,299
New Zealand Wellington Westpac Stadium 2014 25,093
England Liverpool Anfield 2016 40,042

References[edit]

  1. ^ David Lawrenson at Elland Road. "Rugby League Four Nations: England 16-46 Australia | Sport". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-05-28. 
  2. ^ Andy Wilson at Elland Road. "England 8-30 Australia | Four Nations final match report | Sport". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-05-28. 
  3. ^ "BBC Sport - Rugby League - Australia 12-16 New Zealand". BBC News. 2010-11-13. Retrieved 2016-05-28. 
  4. ^ "2014 Rugby League Four Nations Final teams and fixture details (New Zealand vs Australia)". Rugby League Planet. 2014-11-15. Retrieved 2016-05-28.