What next for the Celtic nations after early exits at Rugby League World Cup?

Five of the six European countries at the World Cup have been knocked out at the group stage. They need to develop more players in new territories to compete

By Gavin Willacy for No Helmets Required, part of the Guardian Sport Network

There are some simple equations for predicting which teams will enjoy the most success in international rugby league. They go something like this. The team with the most NRL players wins. The team with the most NRL and Super League players wins. The team with the most full-time players wins. It is a fairly reliable gauge.

So, if you strip a large number of the NRL and Super League players from a nation’s team, they are done for. Witness France being torn to shreds by England in the opening quarter of their match on Sunday, all of the Wales results (a 50-6 defeat to Papua New Guinea, a 72-6 defeat to Fiji and a 34-6 defeat to Ireland) and Scotland’s first two performances (a 50-4 defeat to Tonga and a 74-6 defeat to New Zealand).

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