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Rugby League World Cup 2000
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The teams
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Cook Islands
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Tonga
Papua New Guinea
South Africa
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Samoa
NZ Maori
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Russia
Russia
Russia
The Russian squad:

Ian Rubin (captain)
Viatcheslav Artachine
Robert Campbell
Rinat Chamsoutdinov
Craig Cygler
Matthew Donovan
Andrei Doumalkine
Aaron Findlay
Roustem Garifoulline
Igor Gavriline
Michael Goirgas
Robert Iliassov
Igor Jiltsov
Pavel Kalachkine
Kirill Koulemine
Andrei Kuchumov
Alexander Lysenkov
Mikhail Mitrofanov
Victor Netchaev
Andrei Olari
Vadim Postnikov
Maxim Romanov
Joel Rullis
Petr Sokolov
Group 1 news

Newcomers to the World Cup, Russia will struggle in a group containing giants Australia and England and will need to harness all their resources to avoid being on the end of some humiliating score lines.

The fledgling rugby league nation will also be hard pressed to contain the adventurous running of Fiji but, on the plus side, their players will gain invaluable experience at international level and the country's presence in the competition will do wonders for the profile of the game in Russia.

Players from Russia's top two league clubs Locomotiv and Spartak will form the bulk of the squad.

Following a heavy 82-0 defeat against France in a World Cup warm up match in June the Russian management look overseas for leadership in the team. Sydney City Roosters prop Ian Rubin, who was born in Russia will skipper the side, and there is great expectation of wing Mikhail Piscunov who enjoyed a successful season with French champions Toulouse.