By Richard Cowley, Updated: 27/10/13
Teams: France v Papua New Guinea
Venue: MS3 Craven Park, Hull, England. Capacity 10,000
Date: Sunday 27th October 2013
Kick-off time: 4pm (Local Time)
Sydney (Australia – New South Wales) Monday, 28 October 2013 at 3:00:00 AM
Brisbane (Australia – Queensland) Monday, 28 October 2013 at 2:00:00 AM
Auckland (New Zealand) Monday, 28 October 2013 at 5:00:00 AM
Toulouse (France) Sunday, 27 October 2013 at 5:00:00 PM
Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea)Monday, 28 October 2013 at 2:00:00 AM
2013 RLWC Ticket information: http://www.rlwc2013.com/tickets
2013 RLWC TV viewing information: Channel Seven will broadcast all RLWC2013 matches live in Australia on the 7mate channel. In the UK the BBC will show all England games along with the RLWC Final while Premier Sports will broadcast all other RLWC games.
Overview: France and Papua New Guinea will both be out to get their world cup campaign off to a good start when they meet on neutral ground at MS3 Craven Park in Hull. France competitiveness has improved since the French based side Catalan Dragons entered the Super League in 2006. Now the French can field a team almost full of professional rugby league players and will be looking to wash away the memories of an average display in the 2008 RLWC.
France are now on shaky ground after going down to the United States 22 – 18 in Toulouse in a world cup warm-up match. France will need to pick up the intensity or it could be an opening loss for the French against the Kumuls.
Papua New Guinea have been getting their house back in order and have implemented a high performance unit to assist with their world cup campaign. Papua New Guinea last reached the RLWC quarter finals back in 2000 and will be looking to go one better in 2013. The Kumuls will be looking to take advantage of France’s only world cup group game not on French soil.
The Kumuls easily accounted for Scotland 38 – 20 in a world cup warm-up match in Featherstone. With Adrian Lam and Mal Meninga guiding the Kumuls they might just do better than everyone is expecting.
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2013 RLWC France v Papua New Guinea teams
France team to take on Papua New Guinea:
Head coach: Richard Agar
Papua New Guinea team to take on France:
Neville Costigan (C)
Bosam Nene McDonald
Jessie Joe Nandye
Head coach: Adrian Lam