They fell at the final hurdle in 2013, but here are five reasons why the Manly Sea Eagles could be NRL premiers next season.
Mon 02 December 2013, 6:00AM Chris Kennedy | Source: NRL.com
The 14th Rugby League World Cup is expected to generate a profit well in excess of STG3 million ($A5.4 million) from commercial revenue and attendance.
Mon 02 December 2013, 5:54AM | Source: AAP
Greg Inglis won't mind waiting longer to assume the Kangaroos and Queensland No.1 jerseys based on Billy Slater's performance in the World Cup final.
Mon 02 December 2013, 5:03AM Liam FitzGibbon| Source: AAP
Sydney Roosters winger Roger Tuivasa-Sheck may battle to be fit for the World Club Challenge after suffering a suspected broken leg in the World Cup final.
Sun 01 December 2013, 11:45AM Liam FitzGibbon | Source: AAP
Billy Slater has backed Johnathan Thurston to be crowned the 2013 Golden Boot winner following his stunning display in the Rugby League World Cup final.
Sun 01 December 2013, 10:39AM Ian McCullough| Source: AAP
Jarryd Hayne's Kangaroos teammates have labelled his performances in the centres at the World Cup as freakish, but he still prefers to play at fullback.
Sun 01 December 2013, 10:39AM Liam FitzGibbon| Source: AAP
Billy Slater has revealed he was not convinced about his fitness heading into the World Cup final, in which he made a brilliant return for Australia.
Sun 01 December 2013, 9:42AM Liam FitzGibbon | Source: AAP
Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens says he's not sure if he'll keep his job despite leading the team to Rugby League World Cup glory at Old Trafford.
Sun 01 December 2013, 7:38AM Ian McCullough | Source: AAP
Coach Stephen Kearney says Australia were simply too good for his New Zealand side in the Rugby League World Cup final.
Sun 01 December 2013, 7:06AM Ian Mccullough| Source: AAP
Sonny Bill Williams' dream of becoming the first man to win World Cups in rugby union and rugby league was denied by a brilliant Australia side.
Sun 01 December 2013, 6:59AM Ian Mccullough| Source: AAP