Aussies beat England in Cup

The Rugby League World Cup kicked off at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday. Favourites Australia edged past England in the opening match of the tournament, before Italy beat Wales.

Wales lose Rugby League World Cup opener to Italy

Italy were too strong for Wales in the sides' Rugby League World Cup match. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Italy beat Wales 32-16 at the Millennium Stadium on the opening day of the Rugby League World Cup.

Aidan Guerra scored two tries for the in-form Italians, who beat England in a warm-up match last week.

The defeat leaves Wales on course to meet tournament favourites Australia in the quarter-finals.

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Australia beat England in World Cup opener

England gave an encouraging display in the defeat to favourites Australia. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Australia fought back to beat England 28-20 in the opening match of the Rugby League World Cup at the Millennium Stadium.

Underdogs England led 10-0 through tries from Leroy Cudjoe and Ryan Hall, but the visitors dominated the second half of the group match.

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Cameron tweets support for Rugby League World Cup

Prime Minister David Cameron has tweeted support for the 14th Rugby League World Cup, which kicks off this afternoon when England take on Australia at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

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Happy to see Rugby League World Cup kick off today, continuing a superb year of sport after Murray, Froome, the Ashes and Lions @rlwc2013

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