The RLWC was contested between Great Britain, France, Australia and New Zealand. PNG were added as the fifth team in 89 and 93. We didn't get to the current format of having more than five teams until 1995. It would be more appealing if it was limited to Australia, New Zealand, England, PNG, France, Samoa, Tonga and Fiji with stricter eligibility rules.Manufactured? ROFLMAO. You do realise the Rugby League World Cup has been in existence and played for since 1954?! The idea to have one was actully mooted in 1951 by the then President of the French Rugby League, which was endorsed by the IRL Board in 1953 and France hosted the first tournament in 1954, which was won by Great Britain.
No it ain't. It's well down on the EPL in participation, attendance and television viewership.In the north of England, league is more popular than any sport including soccer.