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1975 Rugby League World Cup

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Australia (4th title)

Top scorer
Mick Cronin

Points scored

Matches played

Start date

Number of teams


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Top try scorers
Keith Fielding (7) Ian Schubert (7)

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The 1975 Rugby League World Championship (also referred to as the World Series) was the seventh ever tournament for the Rugby League World Cup. The format differed radically from that employed in previous competitions; no one country hosted the matches, which were spread out in a 'world series' hosted by each of the five participating nations over a period of just over eight months. Each team had to play the others on a 'home and away' basis. Great Britain were split up into separate England and Wales teams, taking advantage of a glut of Welsh talent in the British game at the time.


No final was held, with Australia being deemed the champions by virtue of finishing on top of the table with England coming in second.


The Australian squad was captain-coached by Graeme Langlands. The Eastern Suburbs club, being current NSWRFL premiers were the most heavily represented team.


England were coached by Bill Oxley and Alex Murphy, and captained by Roger Millward.

New Zealand

The New Zealand team was coached by George Menzies (West Coast) and managed by Des Jenkinson (Auckland) and Brian Watson (Auckland).


Coach: Les Pearce


In this match Mick Cronin kicked nine goals.

England winger Keith Fielding created a new record by scoring four tries against a hapless French team at Bordeaux.

Kangaroo wing prodigy Ian Schubert also scored a hat-trick tries.

English stand-off Ken Gill ran in three tries.

In this match Jim Mills, the Wales prop, was banned for the rest of the season after an altercation. The ban was eventually lifted on 2 January 1976.

Final challenge match

As Australia had not beaten England to win the cup, a final challenge was hastily arranged. The Kangaroos showed they were worthy World Champions with a comprehensive 25–0 win at Headingley in front of a disappointing crowd of 7,680.


1975 Rugby League World Cup Wikipedia