1954 Rugby League World Cup Final

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1954 (1954) Rugby League World Cup Final  ()
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1 2 Total
FRA File:France colours.svg 4 8 12
GBR File:Great Britain colours.svg 8 8 16
Date 13 November 1954
Stadium Parc des Princes
Location Paris, France
Man of the Match Don Robinson File:Great Britain colours.svg
Referee Charles Appleton United Kingdom
Attendance 30,368
Broadcast partner
Broadcaster BBC United Kingdom
Commentator Eddie Waring
1968

The 1954 Rugby League World Cup Final was the conclusive game of the 1954 Rugby League World Cup tournament and was played between France and Great Britain on November 13, 1954 at Parc des Princes, Paris, France.

Background

The 1954 Rugby League World Cup was the inaugural staging of the Rugby League World Cup. The tournament was held in the France from 30 October, culminating in the final France and Great Britain on 13 November.

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Parc des Princes, the venue of the inaugural Rugby League World Cup final

France

Scores and results list France's points tally first.
Opposing Team For Against Date Venue Attendance Stage
 New Zealand 22 13 30 October Parc des Princes, Paris 13,240 Group Stage
 Great Britain 13 13 7 November Stadium Municipal, Toulouse 37,471 Group Stage
 Australia 15 5 11 November Stade Marcel Saupin, Nantes 13,000 Group Stage

Great Britain

Scores and results list Great Britain's points tally first.
Opposing Team For Against Date Venue Attendance Stage
 Australia 28 13 31 October Stade de Gerland, Lyon 10,250 Group Stage
 France 13 13 7 November Stadium Municipal, Toulouse 37,471 Group Stage
 New Zealand 26 6 11 November Stade Chaban Delmas, Bordeaux 14,000 Group Stage

Match details

13 November 1954
France  12 – 16  Great Britain
Try:
Vincent Cantoni
Raymond Contrastin

Goals:
Puig Aubert (3)
[1] Try:
Gordon Brown (2)
Gerry Helme (2)
David Rose
Goals:
Jimmy Ledgard (2)
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 30,368
Referee/s: Charles Appleton United Kingdom
Man of the Match: Don Robinson File:Great Britain colours.svg
France Posit. Great Britain
Puig Aubert (c) FB Jimmy Ledgard
Vincent Cantoni WG David Rose
Claude Teissiere CE Phil Jackson
Jacques Merquey CE Albert Naughton
Raymond Contrastin WG Mick Sullivan
Antoine Jiminez SO Gordon Brown
Joseph Crespo SH Gerry Helme
Joseph Krawzyck PR John Thorley
Jean Audobert HK Sam Smith
François Rinaldi PR Bob Coverdale
Armand Save SR Basil Watts
Jean Pambrun SR Don Robinson
Gilbert Verdier LF Dave Valentine (c)
Jean Duhau Coach G. Shaw
Rene Duffort Coach

The BBC broadcast the whole match live in the UK via the Television Continental Exchange – a rare novelty for the time. France opened the scoring with a penalty Puig-Aubert kick from 45 yards out and played well early in the match, leading early in the second half thanks to a brilliant try from Cantoni. However Great Britain didn't waver, with credit for the win given to a starring role by centre Phil Jackson[2] and the play of their forward pack, as well as the tough match France had played against Australia in Nantes two days earlier.[3] Great Britain defeated France 16–12 and became the first team to lift the World Cup.[4]

References

  1. Report
  2. Paddy McAteer (22 December 2010) "Whole World in their Hands" North West Evening Mail
  3. AAP (15 November 1954). "World Cup to England". The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 6. Retrieved 6 October 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "The History of Rugby League". Rugby League Information. napit.co.uk. Retrieved 2 January 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>