Halliwell snatches Wheelchair World Cup glory for England

Skipper Tom Halliwell’s try in the 78th minute sees England win the Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup for the first time since 2008; Halliwell named player of the match

By Marc Bazeley at Manchester Central

Last Updated: 18/11/22 9:33pm

Tom Halliwell's try clinched victory for England in the wheelchair final Tom Halliwell's try clinched victory for England in the wheelchair final

Tom Halliwell’s try clinched victory for England in the wheelchair final

Tom Halliwell’s try two minutes from time saw England clinch the Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup with a 28-24 win over reigning champions France in the final.

Just two points separated the teams at half time at Manchester Central, with France holding a slender 14-12 advantage thanks to converted tries from Lionel Alazard, who also added a penalty, and Mostafa Abassi.

England kept within touching distance at the break though thanks to Halliwell scoring under the posts and interchange man Jack Brown crossing on the stroke of half time soon after having a possible score chalked off, with Robert Hawkins and Nathan Collins converting too.

It was just as nip-and-tuck after the break, with Lewis King and Brown going over for the hosts, Gilles Clausells replying for France, and Nico Clausells and Collins exchanging penalties. But it was Halliwell who had the final word, with skipper and player of the match Halliwell crossing late on to bring the Wheelchair World Cup back to these shores for the first time since 2008.

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