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Who could dethrone Australia at the next Rugby League World Cup?

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4th August, 2020
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2020 has seen NRL clubs blood a huge number of young guys. This is the next generation of rugby league in Australia – guys born in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

The standard of rugby league has impressively beaten out all other competitions around the world, including the Super League.

Last year the Junior Kangaroos trashed almost every other team they played against, this team made up of guys already making names for themselves in the NRL.

The All Blacks entered the 2019 Rugby World Cup looking to go three from three.

Against some pretty tough competition from England and South Africa, they were expected to go all the way.

South Africa may have given them a hard-fought win. But it turns out it was a much-improved Eddie Jones-coached England side that had the better of them.

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In rugby league, you can’t really see who’d actually give the Aussies a run for their money come 2021 Rugby League World Cup.

The form of the Australian players and the depth in each position is endless.

You’ve got guys that are at the peak of their game. These are guys that play tougher NRL games week in and week out than they would play World Cup games.

The only other side that you’d think would give Australia a run for their money are New Zealand. But you can’t see New Zealand matching them, particularly as they don’t have maestro Shaun Johnson performing as well as he used to do.

England could cause some trouble but it depends largely on the coaching staff they have. In 2017, huge credit could be given to Super coach Wayne Bennett for guiding the team to the finals. Dark horses Tonga could cause an upset.

That is if they maintain the crop of NRL-based players that have sworn allegiance to the island kingdom in recent years. Fiji are a long shot and Papua New Guinea are less than one per cent chance of showing any threat.

Expecting Nathan Cleary at halfback, incumbent Cameron Munster at five-eighth. Tom Trbojevic should line up at fullback or centre.

Latrell Mitchell will play at centre in a role similar to what Greg Inglis played in the 2013 World Cup. Also I am looking to see young Tigers hooker Harry Grant sniffing around at dummy half.

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I strongly believe Australia will win in 2021. What do you think, Roarers?