Women's Rugby League World Cup set to start in Sydney

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Australia are the defending champions - having defeated New Zealand in the 2013 final at Headingley, Leeds
bbc.comEngland are one of six teams competing at the Women's World Cup, which starts in Sydney on Thursday.The Lionesses open their campaign with the first of three group matches - against Papua New Guinea.The tournament comprises six teams across two groups of three, with the top two in each qualifying for the semi-finals.
The final will take place in Brisbane on 2 December as part of a double-header, with the women's match followed by the men's final.
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Ruan Sims - seen here playing against New Zealand is one of the high-profile figures in the women's gameThe Lionesses are in a group with host nation Australia - known as the Jillaroos - and the Cook Islands.Canada, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea are the three teams in Group B.All of the group games take place at the Southern Cross Group Stadium - often referred to as Endeavour Park - in Cronulla, Sydney.Effectively, they take the form of three triple-headers, with games on 16, 19 and 22 November. The semi-finals take place on the same day - 26 November - in Cronulla.And, as mentioned earlier, the final will be at the famous Lang Park in Brisbane. That game takes place at 05:45 GMT on 2 December, with the men's game at 09:00 GMT.
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Bradford beat Featherstone Rovers in the Grand FinalThey are coached by Chris Chapman and captained by Andrea Dobson, who is set to make her fourth World Cup appearance having played in the competition for the first time as a 16-year-old in 2003.Ten of the players in the England squad come from the Bradford Bulls side that won this year's Grand Final.Canada, Cook Islands and Papua New Guinea, who have ex-Jillaroo Amelia Kuk in their side, are likely have their work cut out to challenge the 'big three'.
Does this tournament have much history?
The men's tournament - which started on 27 October - is in its 15th edition, having first taken place in 1954.The history of the women's competition isn't quite so long, but this year's tournament is the fifth time it has been played.If you look at the previous winners, you'll notice a distinctly southern hemisphere flavour - New Zealand won the first three, with Australia getting on the board in 2013.Indeed, when the tournament was played in 2013 there were just four teams, with the top two in a group of four going straight through to the final.Matches were played in the Yorkshire towns of Dewsbury, Featherstone, Batley and Hunslet before the final took place at Headingley, Leeds. The entire competition lasted nine days - so, in comparison, the 2017 version feels on another level entirely.
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