School children, men and women swarmed to the airport as early as 1pm to catch a glimpse of their rugby league heroes.
The flight’s delay and the sun's heat did nothing to move the crowd.
The plane finally touched down at Jackson’s International Airport just after 3pm and was met by cheering and chanting for players like Greg Inglis, James Tedesco and Matt Moylan.
The airport erupted as the Australian team walked out to board their bus.
Police and airport security had to fight back the crowd, who then chased after the team bus that left for Holiday Inn.