Exciting Rugby League World Cup action comes to Thomond Park on Saturday 9th November, when Ireland take on competition favourites Australia.
Rugby League can trace its history back to 1895, when it came into existence following a power struggle between rugby clubs in the North and South of England, mainly over whether rugby should be professional or amateur. League and Union are similar but different: in League, there are only 13 players per side, and the scoring system is slightly less generous. After a tackle, the ball is recycled by heeling it back to a team-mate: after six tackles, possession is then given over to the opposition. Unlike Union, there are no line-outs, rucks or mauls, and precious few scrums.
The first Rugby League World Cup took place in France in 1954, some 33 years before its Union equivalent. This year’s competition, the 14th staging, and featuring 14 teams, sees ties hosted in four countries: England, France, Wales and, for the first time, Ireland. Current holders New Zealand will be looking for a repeat performance, after they surprisingly defeated host nation and favourites Australia in the 2008 final in Brisbane.
This will be the third time Ireland have competed in the World Cup. The Irish team - nicknamed the Wolfhounds - was founded 1995, and is currently ranked 9th in the world.
For more on the Rugby League World Cup and other sporting trophies, see www.publishpromote.com. We have five pairs of tickets to give away for the Ireland v Australia fixture on 9th November in Thomond Park. The first five callers to our offices who can tell us how many times Ireland have competed in the World Cup will win a pair of tickets. So get dialing.