Rugby Union: WORLD OF DIFFERENCE FOR KIWIS.FORMER Wigan Wigan (wĭg`ən), city (1991 pop. 88,725) and metropolitan district, N England, located in the Manchester metropolitan area on the Douglas River. and Leeds favourite Dean Bell feels the Kiwis' shock World Cup triumph will work wonders for rugby league in New Zealand New Zealand (zē`lənd), island country (2005 est. pop. 4,035,000), 104,454 sq mi (270,534 sq km), in the S Pacific Ocean, over 1,000 mi (1,600 km) SE of Australia. The capital is Wellington; the largest city and leading port is Auckland. .
Bell believes there are positives for England, too, despite their major disappointment in Australia.
England won just one of their four matches, but their semi-final conquerors went on to pull off one of the biggest upsets in sporting history with their 34-20 final win over hot favourites Australia.
Said Bell, a former Kiwi captain: "We're a minority sport, but the New Zealand Rugby League The New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in New Zealand.
The NZRL administers the Kiwis, the New Zealand national team. are finally getting their act together, so it's very positive. We've had a lot of support from them.
Saturday's upset came a year on from the Kiwis' record 58-0 thrashing by Australia.