With both Teams finalised, the Australian Kangaroos will be out to claim its 12th World Cup title and Toa Samoa its first when the two Pacific nations go head-to-head at Old Trafford this weekend in the 2021 RLWC Final. (TV Kick-Off Time Saturday 19th November 2022, 4pm, local time).
The Samoans have reached their first World Cup final after amazing victories over Tonga and England.
The Polynesian country started the tournament badly, with a huge loss to the hosts in Newcastle.
But they have bounced back to beat France and Greece, edge the Mate Ma’a in a classic in Warrington, and then defeat England in golden point in a thrilling semi-final in London.
It has been a fairytale journey, particularly after losing several players to injury along the way, but Samoa has shown character and determination to get this far.
They will be hoping there will be the perfect ending to their run in Manchester.
Samoa will be without Fa’amanu Brown after he suffered a concussion against England. Chanel Harris-Tevita is expected to take up the hooking role in his stead.
Captain Junior Paulo is free to play after escaping a ban for his spear tackle on Tom Burgess in the semi-final.
The Kangaroos will be confident of making it a hat-trick of World Cup wins in a row when they take to the field on Saturday.
Nathan Cleary appears likely to start at halfback, with Ben Hunt and Harry Grant the hookers, and Daly Cherry-Evans to miss out.
Reagan Campbell-Gillard is expected to be fit and take his place in Australia’s XVII. Coach Mal Meninga has made no changes to the
19-man squad that faced New Zealand in the semi-finals.
Australia vs Samoa 2021 Rugby League World Cup Final TV Kick-Off Times
London, United Kingdom Sat, 19 Nov 2022 at 4:00 pm GMT
Brisbane, Australia Sun, 20 Nov 2022 at 2:00 am AEST
Sydney, Australia Sun, 20 Nov 2022 at 3:00 am AEDT
Auckland, New Zealand Sun, 20 Nov 2022 at 5:00 am NZDT
Apia, Samoa Sun, 20 Nov 2022 at 5:00 am WST
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea Sun, 20 Nov 2022 at 2:00 am PGT
Nuku’alofa, Tonga Sun, 20 Nov 2022 at 5:00 am TOT
Suva, Fiji Sun, 20 Nov 2022 at 4:00 am FJT
New York, USA Sat, 19 Nov 2022 at 11:00 am EST
Los Angeles, USA Sat, 19 Nov 2022 at 8:00 am PST
Paris, France Sat, 19 Nov 2022 at 5:00 pm CET
Australia vs Samoa 2021 Rugby League World Cup Final Teams
Australian Kangaroos Team
- James Tedesco
- Daly Cherry-Evans
- Ben Hunt
- Valentine Holmes
- Jake Trbojevic
- Reagan Campbell-Gillard
- Cameron Munster
- Latrell Mitchell
- Josh Addo-Carr
- Jack Wighton
- Cameron Murray
- Patrick Carrigan
- Nathan Cleary
- Reuben Cotter
- Angus Crichton
- Tino Fa’asuamaleaui
- Harry Grant
- Liam Martin
- Isaah Yeo
TOA Samoa Team
- Joseph Suaalii
- Taylan May
- Stephen Crichton
- Brian To’o
- Jarome Luai
- Anthony Milford
- Josh Papali’i
- Junior Paulo
- Ligi Sao
- Jaydn Su’A
- Royce Hunt
- Spencer Leniu
- Martin Taupau
- Chanel Harris-Tavita
- Kelma Tuilagi
- Oregon Kaufusi
- Tim Lafai
- Ken Sio
- Connelly Lemuelu