YEP Says: History beckons for our rugby league World Cup heroes

Ryan Hall. PIC: Daniel Carson/www.photosport.nz
Ryan Hall. PIC: Daniel Carson/www.photosport.nz
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FORTY-five years after the pioneering Clive Sullivan’s length of the field try sealed a dramatic World Cup win for Great Britain, history beckons for Wayne Bennett’s class of 2017 when they face Australia.

England’s players can expect to be feted if Bennett’s side do spring a surprise in Brisbane, the deeply partisan Queensland city where Joe Root’s cricketers have just lost the opening Ashes Test so ingloriously.

Yet two characteristics became striking as the 2017 tournament unfolded – the fast pace at which the rugby league gospel is now spreading around the world and the level of goodwill that exists towards Bennett and his team.