The last minute moves from Star players from Tier 1 nations to the Tier 2 group over the last few days is expected to make this World Cup the most competitive yet in its history, says Rugby League World Cup’s Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Hill.
Since Andrew Fifita and Jason Taumalolo swore allegiance to Tonga, ticket sales have spiked for the Tongan fixtures.
Likewise, there will be some heavyweight talent in Fiji, Samoa, Italy and Lebanon’s line up, while Australia, England and New Zealand will be stronger than ever.
With the World’s best Forward Taumalolo playing for Tonga, the World’s most recognised rugby league player, Jarryd Hayne is playing for Fiji.
Meanwhile, player of the year James Tedesco is playing for Italy; Tier 2 nations are expected to put a as much heated competition as Tier 1.