The first game of the tournament may also serve to be one of the best of the group round, with hosts England to take on the might of Samoa. England have long been one of the big three in international rugby league, however, the continued growth of the Pacific Islands has some forecasting that Samoa could be the dark horse to take out the entire tournament.
For each week of the Rugby League World Cup, Zero Tackle's team - made up of founder Matt Clements, senior reporter David Piepers, and writers Jack Blyth and Dan Nichols, as well as myself - will provide our tips for each game of the tournament.
Week 1 tips
|Jack Blyth||Matt Clements||Dan Nichols||David Piepers||Scott Pryde|
|England v Samoa||Samoa||England||England||Samoa||Samoa|
|Australia v Fiji||Australia||Australia||Australia||Australia||Australia|
|Scotland v Italy||Scotland||Scotland||Scotland||Italy||Scotland|
|Jamaica v Ireland||Ireland||Ireland||Ireland||Ireland||Ireland|
|New Zealand v Lebanon||New Zealand||New Zealand||New Zealand||New Zealand||New Zealand|
|France v Greece||France||France||France||France||France|
|Tonga v Papua New Guinea||Tonga||Tonga||Tonga||Tonga||Tonga|
|Wales v Cook Islands||Cook Islands||Cook Islands||Cook Islands||Cook Islands||Wales|