World Cup Wednesdays: World Cup winner Holmes inspires England to victory

Each Wednesday in the build up the 2021 Rugby League World Cups, we will have a special feature as we build up to the biggest ever World Cup in the game’s history looking at those who helped create the legacy and who will be aiming to make their own history this Autumn.

When England face Australia in the last World Cup Final in Brisbane, over 40,000 fans were packed inside Suncorp Stadium to watch the action. However, back in 1975, the final game of the new World Championship Series saw just 9,000 fans attend the same fixture at Central Park in Wigan as England defeated Australia thanks to a try from Leeds legend John Holmes, the home side winning 16-13.

However, the victory was in vein after England had lost to Wales in the opening round of the year long series and secured draws against New Zealand and Australia away from home.

Holmes was hoping help England secure the World title they had helped win as Great Britain three years earlier in the France. Holmes had scored two tries and kicked a remarkable ten goals in a rout of New Zealand in that tournament as well as playing a key role in the deciding game against Australia.

Three years later and he was over again for an important try in the win over the Kangaroos at Central Park.


Tickets for the Rugby League World Cup 2021 are now on General Sale with less than 200 games to go until the opening game when England Men and Samoa Men meet on 23 October at St James’ Park, Newcastle.

The organisers promise to make this the biggest and best tournament, the most inclusive and accessible in modern history with tickets starting at an affordable £2.21 and 80 per cent of tickets priced below £50.

The demand now means that matches across the tournament now have limited availability and tickets for wheelchair matches at Sheffield EIS are currently unavailable. Tickets will be on sale on a first-come, first-served basis until Tuesday 1 June, where tickets will go off sale for a three-week period until Monday 21 June for seat assignment.

Fans who can no longer attend matches will be able to put their tickets on the Official Resale Platform through the ticketing website later in the year. This will be the safest and most secure way to sell tickets at face value and will allow fellow fans to enjoy the unforgettable atmosphere of RLWC2021.

Tournament organisers also remind fans of the ticket refund guarantee for all ticket purchasers should there be restrictions on crowds at the event and to reassure fans in the unfortunate circumstance the event has to be cancelled. More information is available here.

Premium seats and Hospitality experiences are still on sale and available for all matches and will give fans the opportunity to secure a place at the tournament in addition to enjoying the best match day experience each venue has to offer. More details available here.

Fans can also secure their ticket through booking their Squad Trip including accommodation and experiences all in one place – making it easy to plan your trip and giving you a great choice across our host towns and cities. Book Squad Trips now.

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Premium seats and Hospitality experiences remain on sale and available for all matches in Leeds – giving fans the opportunity to secure a place at the tournament in addition to enjoying the best match day experience each venue has to offer. More details available at