2008 Rugby League World Cup - RLWC

 

2008 RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP OVERVIEW

Host Nation - Australia

Number of Teams - 10

Highest Crowd - 50,599 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, QLD, Australia (Final)

Average Crowd - 16,331

Total Crowd - 293,965

2008 World Cup Snapshot - The qualifying process for the Rugby League World Cup started in 2006. For the first time 15 nations competed for the five available World Cup positions. The other 5 places were filled by Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, England and France. The five teams that did qualify (Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Scotland, Ireland) were the most prepared teams in rugby league history. They had played throughout 2006 and 2007 to qualify. Having 15 nations take part in the qualification process was a indicator to how far the code had progressed since the 2000 World Cup.

The highly successful 2008 Rugby League World Cup was the 13th installment of the oldest rugby World Cup tournament on the planet. The World Cup saw the best 10 rugby league nations battle it out for the ultimate prize. For the first time games were broadcast to over 127 nations with a global television audience of 19.2million making it the most widely broadcast event in the game's history.

The tournament was hailed a new start for international rugby league. The goal of the RLIF was to use the World Cup as a stepping stone to fund the international game into the future. Games were played along the east coast of Australia from Townsville to Melbourne. The participating nations were split up into three Pools. This tournament differed from previous World Cup competitions with a Super Pool containing the four best rugby league nations. With the top 3 sides qualifying for the semi finals, the other two Pools battled it out for the remaining semi-final place. On back of the TV deals secured for the tournament the World Cup generated a profit of over 5 million Australian dollars which exceeded inital projections.

The games throughout the tournament provided highly entertaining rugby league. Papua New Guinea nearly defeated England in the opening game in Townsville. Ireland and Fiji tipped to finish last in their respective pools defied the odds to finish on top. Scotland won their first ever World Cup game. Fiji brought the Fiji Islands to a stand still by defeating Ireland to make their first ever Rugby League semi-final. The best was saved to last with the final putting the icing on the cake for World Cup organisers. New Zealand pulled off the biggest shock in World Cup history to defeat the raging favourites Australia. The Kiwis secured their first ever rugby league World Cup in front of a capacity crowd in Brisbane.

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2008 Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers - Europe (Round 1)

Game 1: Apr 28th 2006 Russia 40 - Netherlands 14, Location - Hoek Van Holland, Netherlands

Game 2: May 13th 2006 Georgia 45 - Serbia 10, Location - Belgrade, Serbia

Game 3: May 26th 2006 Georgia 57 - Netherlands 16, Location - Tblisi, Georgia

Game 4: Jun 4th 2006 Russia 44 - Serbia 6, Location - Belgrade, Serbia

Game 5: Jun 17th 2006 Netherlands 38 - Serbia 26, Location - Rotterdam, Netherlands

Game 6: Jun 22nd 2006 Russia 0 - Georgia 0, Game cancelled due to Visa issues with Georgia Team. Russia automatic winners

In a first for International Rugby League Georgia, Netherlands and Serbia played in the qualifying rounds. Russia finished top of the Pool as expected. The newer nations gained much needed experience from the matches. This exposure to International Rugby League will assist with local development and put nations in a better position for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup qualifiers.

World Cup Qualifiers - Europe (Round 1) Table

Team
P
W
D
L
F
A
PTS

 Russia

3
3
0
0
108
20
6
 Georgia
3
2
0
1
102
50
4
 Netherlands
3
1
0
2
68
123
2
 Serbia
3
0
0
3
42
127
0

Europe (Round 1) Qualifiers: RUSSIA & GEORGIA - (Due to failure to play final game against Russia, Georgia did not progress to the next round)

2008 Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers - Pacific

Game 1: Sep 29th 2006 Tonga 56 - Cook Islands 14, Location - Campbelltown, Australia

Game 2: Sep 29th 2006 Samoa 30 - Fiji 28, Location - Campbelltown, Australia

Game 3: Oct 4th 2006 Fiji 30 - Tonga 28, Location - St Marys, Australia

Game 4: Oct 4th 2006 Samoa 46 - Cook Islands 6, Location - St Marys, Australia

Game 5: Oct 7th 2006 Fiji 40 - Cook Islands 4, Location - Penrith, Australia

Game 6: Oct 22nd 2006 Tonga 18 - Samoa 10, Location - Leeds, England

World Cup Qualifiers - Pacific Table

Team
P
W
D
L
F
A
PTS

 Tonga

3
2
0
1
102
54
4
 Fiji
3
2
0
1
98
62
4
 Samoa
3
2
0
1
86
52
4
Cook Islands
0
0
0
3
24
142
0

Pacific World Cup Qualifiers (6th & 7th Qualifiers): Tonga & Fiji

Pacific Repechage Round Qualifier: Samoa


2008 Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers - Europe (Round 2) Group 1

Game 1: Oct 22nd 2006 Ireland 50 - Russia 12, Location - Moscow, Russia

Game 2: Oct 28th 2006 Lebanon 22 - Russia 8, Location - London, England

Game 3: Nov 5th 2006 Ireland 18 - Lebanon 18, Location - Dublin, Ireland

Game 4: Oct 20th 2007 Ireland 58 - Russia 18, Location - Carlow, Ireland

Game 5: Oct 27th 2007 Lebanon 48 - Russia 0, Location - Penza, Russia

Game 6: Nov 2nd 2007 Ireland 16 - Lebanon 16, Location - Dewsbury, England

World Cup Qualifiers - Europe (Round 2) Group 1 Table

Team
P
W
D
L
F
A
PTS

 Ireland

4
2
2
0
142
64
6
 Lebanon
4
2
2
0
104
42
6
 Russia
4
0
0
4
38
178
0

Europe World Cup Qualifier 1 (8th Qualifier): Ireland

The Team that finishes at the top of the Pre World Cup Qualifiers Europe (Round 2) Group 1 wins a spot in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup

Europe Repechage Round Qualifier: Lebanon

The Team that finishes 2nd in the Pre World Cup Qualifiers Europe (Round 2) Group 1 gets another chance in the Repechage rounds to win a spot in the Rugby League World Cup

In another first for International Rugby League Lebanon and Ireland drew both of their pool matches against each other. In the end the luck of the Irish prevailed and Ireland became the 8th team to qualify

2008 Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers - Europe (Round 2) Group 2

Game 1: Oct 29th 2006 Scotland 21 - Wales 14, Location - Bridgend, Wales

Game 2: Nov 4th 2007 Wales 18 - Scotland 16, Location - Glasgow, Scotland

Note: Georgia would have been included in this Group.

World Cup Qualifiers - Europe (Round 2) Group 2 Table

Team
P
W
D
L
F
A
PTS

 Scotland

2
1
0
2
37
32
2
 Wales
2
2
0
1
32
37
2

In one of the upsets of the qualifying rounds Scotland took the 9th spot in the World Cup and Wales were forced into the Repechage round. Wales won the 2nd encounter but could not make up the F/A difference. Scotland fielded a team with many part time players. This made the feat even more amazing, against a Welsh team with the likes of Lee Briers and Iestyn Harris.

2008 Rugby League World Cup Qualifier 2 (9th Qualifier): Scotland

The Team that finishes at the top of the Pre World Cup Qualifiers Europe (Round 2) Group 2 wins a spot in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup

Europe Repechage Round Qualifier: Wales

The Team that finishes 2nd in the Pre World Cup Qualifiers Europe (Round 2) Group 2 gets another chance in the Repechage rounds to win a spot in the Rugby League World Cup

2008 Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers - Atlantic

Game 1: Oct 28th 2006 United States 54 - Japan 18, Location - Aston, United States

World Cup Qualifiers - Atlantic Table

Team
P
W
D
L
F
A
PTS

 United States

1
1
0
0
54
18
2
 Japan
1
0
0
1
18
54
0


Atlantic Repechage Round Qualifier: United States

The Team that finishes 1st in the Pre World Cup Atlantic Qualifiers advances to the Repechage rounds for a chance to win a spot in the Rugby League World Cup

With a big crowd at Aston, the US were rarely troubled by a Japanese side that showed plenty of heart. The US ran away with the game and booked a place in the Repechage rounds in 2007.

2008 Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers - REPECHAGE

Game 1: Nov 9th 2007 Lebanon 50 - Wales 26, Location - Widnes, England

Game 2: Nov 9th 2007 Samoa 42 - United States 10, Location - Widnes, England

Repechage Final: Nov 14th 2007 Samoa 38 - Lebanon 16, Location - Featherstone, England

2008 Rugby League World Cup Repechage Qualifier (10th & Final Qualifier): Samoa

The team that wins the Repechage Final qualifies for the 10th and final spot in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup

In Game 1 Lebanon showed courage when they came from behind in the second half. Wales went to sleep after half time and Lebanon ran away with the game. In Game 2 USA surprised many people when they held their own against a Samoan side with many big name players. In the end Samoa were to strong. In the Repechage Final Samoa raced to an early lead in the first half which was always going to make it hard for Lebanon. At full time Samoan's celebrated their win with flags flying and the legendary Samoan haka.

2008 Rugby League World Cup Overview

2008 Rugby League World Cup Group Format

The 2008 Rugby League World Cup will be hosted by Australia. 10 teams will be split up into three groups. The tournament will differ from previous events with a super pool including the top 4 rugby league nations.

Group One: Australia, England, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand

Group Two: Fiji, France, Scotland

Group Three: Ireland, Samoa, Tonga

2008 Rugby League World Cup Finals Format

The finals format will differ from previous World Cup tournaments. The teams that finish in the top 3 within Pool one (Super Pool) will qualify for the semi finals.

The teams that finish 1st in both Pool Two & Three will play each other in the semi final playoff qualifier. The winner will secure the 4th spot in the semi finals. The winner of both semi-finals will play each other a week later in the World Cup Final at Suncorp Stadium

In the build-up to the World Cup the preliminary squads were announced during the first week in August 2008. England and Scotland also caused controversy by not releasing preliminary squads in August. The final 24 man squads were named early October 3 weeks before the World Cup started.

2008 Rugby League World Cup Squads

Australia: Terry Campese (Canberra), Petero Civoniceva (Penrith), Michael Crocker (Melbourne), Craig Fitzgibbon (Sydney Roosters), Israel Folau (Melbourne), Paul Gallen (Cronulla), Kurt Gidley (Newcastle), Justin Hodges (Brisbane), Greg Inglis (Melbourne), Brent Kite (Manly), Anthony Laffranchi (Gold Coast), Darren Lockyer (capt, Brisbane), Joel Monaghan (Canberra), Josh Perry (Manly), Steve Price (NZ Warriors), Scott Prince (Gold Coast), Billy Slater (Melbourne), Cameron Smith (Melbourne), Brett Stewart (Manly), Glenn Stewart (Manly), Brent Tate (NZ Warriors), Johnathan Thurston (North Queensland), Anthony Watmough (Manly), David Williams (Manly).

England: Rob Burrow (Leeds Rhinos), Mark Calderwood (Wigan Warriors), Gareth Ellis (Leeds Rhinos), Mauire Faasavalu (St Helens), Ade Gardner (St Helens), Martin Gleeson (Warrington Wolves), James Graham (St Helens), Mickey Higham (Wigan Warriors), Gareth Hock (Wigan Warriors), Jamie Jones Buchanan (Leeds Rhinos), Jamie Langley (Bradford Bulls), Danny McGuire (Leeds Rhinos), Adrian Morley (Warrington Wolves), Jamie Peacock (Leeds Rhinos), Leon Pryce (St Helens), Rob Purdham (Harlequins RL), James Roby (St Helens), Keith Senior (Leeds Rhinos), Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos), Lee Smith (Leeds Rhinos), Paul Sykes (Bradford Bulls), Paul Wellens (St Helens), Ben Westwood (Warrington Wolves), Jon Wilkin (St Helens)

Fiji: Nick Bradley-Qalilawa (Manly Sea Eagles) Jason Bukuya (Cronulla Sharks) Iowane Divavesi (Terrigal Sharks) Aaron Groom (Canterburry Bulldogs) Jarryd Hayne (Parramatta Eels)* subject to eligibility change from RLIF Sevania Koroi (West Magpies) Josua Koroibulu (Milton Ulladulla Bulldogs) Jone Macilai (Fassifern RLFC QLD) Daryl Millard (Canterburry Bulldogs) Wes Naiqama (Newcastle Knights) Vula Louis Dakuitoga Naqau (Terrigal Sharks) Kaliova Nauqe (Fassifern RLFC QLD) Alipate Noilea (Parkes Spacemen) Josateki Ravueta (Sawtell Panthers) Osea Sadrau (Fassifern RLFC QLD) Ashton Sims (Brisbane Broncos) James Storer (Cronulla Sharks) Waisale
Sukanaveita (Terrigal Sharks) Semi Tadulala (Bradford Bulls UK) Semisi Tora (Parkes Spacemen) Malakai Yalimaiwai Tuiloa (Milton Ulladulla Bulldogs) Akuila Uate (Newcastle Knights) Suguturaga Nemani Valekapa Ilisoni Vonomateiratu Jone Wesele (Darlington Point)

France: Jared Taylor (Lezignan), Justin Murphy (Catalans Dragons), Teddy Sadaoui (Carcassonne), Sebastien Raguin (Catalans Dragons), Sebastien Planas (Toulouse), John Wilson, Dimitri Pelo (both Catalans Dragons), Christophe Moly (Carcassonne), James Wynne (Lezignan), Maxime Greseque (Pia), Thomas Bosc (Catalans Dragons). Forwards: Laurent Carrasco (Villeneuve), Gregory Mounis (Catalans Dragons), Eric Anselme (Leeds), Jamal Fakir (Catalans Dragons), Jean-Christophe Borlin (Saint-Gaudens), Olivier Elima (Catalans Dragons), Adel Fellous (Lezignan), Jean-Philippe Baile, Jerome Guisset (both Catalans Dragons), Julien Rinaldi (Harlequins), Remi Casty, Matthieu Grifi (both Catalans Dragons).

Ireland: Scott Grix (Wakefield, captain), Pat Richards (Wigan), Damien Blanch (Wakefield), Stuart Littler (Salford), Shannon McDonnell (West Tigers), Karl Fitzpatrick (Salford), Graham Holroyd (Halifax), Wayne Kerr (London Skolars), Eamon O'Carroll (Wigan), Bob Beswick (Halifax), Brett White (Melbourne Storm), Ross Barbour (Carlow Crusaders), Simon Finnigan (Bradford), Lee Doran (Leigh), Ben Harrison (Warrington), Ryan Tandy (West Tigers), Gareth Haggerty (Harlequins), Liam Finn (Dewsbury Rams), Sean Gleeson (Wakefield), Mick McIlorum (Wigan), Michael Platt (Bradford), Mick Cassidy (Barrow), Steve Gibbons (London Skolars), Ged Corcoran (Sheffield Eagles)

New Zealand: Nathan Cayless (Parramatta, captain), Adam Blair (Melbourne), Greg Eastwood (Brisbane), David Fa'alogo (South Sydney), Nathan Fien (New Zealand Warriors), Dene Halatau (Wests Tigers), Lance Hohaia (NZ Warriors), Krisnan Inu (Parramatta), David Kidwell (South Sydney), Thomas Leuluai (Wigan), Jeff Lima (Melbourne), Issac Luke (South Sydney), Simon Mannering (NZ Warriors), Sika Manu (Melbourne), Benji Marshall (Wests Tigers), Steve Matai (Manly), Sam Perrett (Sydney Roosters), Sam Rapira (NZ Warriors), Jerome Ropati (NZ Warriors), Setaimata Sa (Sydney Roosters), Jeremy Smith(Melbourne), Iosia Soliola (Sydney Roosters), Manu Vatuvei (NZ Warriors), Brent Webb (Leeds).

Papua New Guinea: Paul Aiton (Penrith), Macali Aizu (Hull KR), Jay Aston (Melbourne TC), Michael Bani (Manly), Wayne Bond (Redcliff), Tom Butterfield (Brisbane TC), Richard Cambo (Wentworthville), Jason Chan (Windsor), Neville Costigan (Canberra), Trevor Exton (Ipswitch), Steve Franciscus (Banyo Bris), Stanley Gene (Hull KR), Rod Griffin (Cairns), Sam Joe (Melbourne TC), George Keppa (Brisbane North), Tuu Maori (Sydney TC), David Moore (Gold Coast TC), Ames Nightingale (Windsor), Merv O'Flanagan (Logan), Keith Peters (Penrith), Kevin Prior (Wentworthville), John Wilshere (Salford), Dion Aiya (Bingtangor), Dominic Angra (Bingtangor), Sigfred Gragande (Bingtangor), Nigel Hukula (Bingtangor), Jessie Joe (Rangers), Benjamin John (Rangers), Gimapau Keimelo (Rangers), Geno Kima (Agmark), Nickson Kolo (Rangers), Anton Kui (Bingtangor), Larsen Marabe (Agmark), Michael Mark (Rangers), Mark Mexico (Mioks), George Moni (Muruks), Thomas Ninkama (Vipers), Joseph Omai (Muruks), Charles Onguglo (Rangers), Benny Pamunda (Bingtangor), Kingston Pisep (Lae), Rodney Pora (Muruks), Francis Ray (Bingtangor), Elizah Riyong (Vipers), Rodney Ropra (Bingtangor), Niko Ubile (Bingtangor),Charlie Wabo (Muruks), Menzie Yere (Gurias), Simon Young (Muruks).

Samoa: George Carmont (Wigan), Dave Faiumu (Huddersfield), Harrison Hansen (Wigan), Ali Lauitiiti (Leeds), Tuaalagi Lepupa (unattached), Kylie Leuluai (Leeds), Wayne McDade (Auckland Vulcans), Francis Meli (St Helens), Joseph Paulo (Penrith), Frank Puletua, Tony Puletua (both Penrith), Ben Roberts (Canterbury), Tangi Ropati (East Tigers), Smith Samau (Gold Coast), Lagi Setu (St George Illawarra), Terrence Seuseu (Cronulla), David Solomona (Bradford), Willie Talau (St Helens), Alby Talipeau (unattached), Misi Taulapapa (Cronulla), Ben Te'o (Wests Tigers), Tupu Ulufale (unattached), Matt Utai (Canterbury), Nigel Vagana (South Sydney).

Scotland: Chris Armit (Bulldogs), Danny Brough (Wakefield Wildcats), Dean Colton, Paddy Coupar (Edinburgh Eagles), Dean Cowan, John Duffy (Widnes Vikings), Ben Fisher (Hull KR), Andrew Henderson (Castleford Tigers), Ian Henderson, Kevin Henderson (Wakefield Wildcats), Jack Howieson (Sheffield Eagles), Paul Jackson (Huddersfield Giants), Wade Liddell (Brisbane Easts), Scott Logan (Canberra Raiders), Neil Lowe (Keighley), David McConnell (Leigh Centurions), Duncan MacGillivray (Wakefield Wildcats), Iain Morrison (Widnes Vikings), Gareth Morton (Widnes Vikings), Mick Nanyn (Oldham), Lee Paterson (Widnes Vikings), Michael Robertson (Manly Sea Eagles), Jonathan Steel (Hull KR), Oliver Wilkes (Wakefield Wildcats).

Tonga: 
Fraser Anderson (Cronulla), Louis Anderson (Warrington), Andrew Emelio (Canterbury), Richard Fa'aoso (Newcastle), Awen Guttenbeil (Castleford), Michael Jennings (Penrith), Antonio Kaufusi (Melbourne), Toshio Laiseni (Newtown), Taniela Lasalo (unattached), Epalahame Lauaki (NZ Warriors), Tevita Leo-Latu (Wakefield), Willie Manu (Hull), Manase Manuokafoa (South Sydney), Feleti Mateo (Parramatta), Fuifui Moimoi (Parramatta), Eddie Paea (South Sydney), Lopini Paea (Sydney Roosters), Mickey Paea (Sydney Roosters), Fetuli Talanoa (South Sydney), Joel Tauf'ao (unattached), Esikeli Tonga (Gold Coast), Taniela Tuiaki (unattached), Anthony Tupou (Sydney Roosters), Etuate Uaisele (Newcastle), Cooper Vuna (Newcastle), Tony Williams (Parramatta).

 

2008 Rugby League World Cup map

2008 Rugby League World Cup teams

2008 Rugby League World Cup Group One Super Pool Results

Game 1: Oct 25th England 32 - Papua New Guinea 22, Location - Townsville, QLD, Australia, Crowd - 10,780

Game 2: Oct 26th Australia 30 - New Zealand 6, Location - Sydney, NSW, Australia, Crowd - 34,157

Game 3: Nov 1st New Zealand 48 - Papua New Guinea 6, Location - Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, Crowd - 11,278

Game 4: Nov 2nd Australia 52 - England 4, Location - Melbourne, VIC, Australia, Crowd - 36,297

Game 5: Nov 8th New Zealand 36 - England 24, Location - Newcastle, NSW, Australia, Crowd - 15,145

Game 6: Nov 9th Australia 46 - Papua New Guinea 6, Location - Townsville, QLD, Australia, Crowd - 16,239

2008 Rugby League World Cup Group One Super Pool Table

Team
P
W
D
L
F
A
PTS
 Australia
3
3
0
0
128
16
6
 New Zealand
3
2
0
1
90
60
4

 England

3
1
0
2
60
110
2
 Papua New Guinea
3
0
0
3
34
126
0

Group One Semi-Final Qualifiers: Australia, England, New Zealand


2008 Rugby League World Cup Group Two Results

Game 1: Oct 26th France 36 - Scotland 18, Location - Canberra, ACT, Australia, Crowd - 9,287

Game 2: Nov 1st Fiji 42 - France 6, Location - Wollongong, NSW, Australia, Crowd - 9,213

Game 3: Nov 5th Scotland 18 - Fiji 16, Location - Central Coast, NSW, Australia, Crowd - 9,720

2008 Rugby League World Cup Group Two Table

Team
P
W
D
L
F
A
PTS

 Fiji

2
1
0
1
58
24
2
 Scotland
2
1
0
1
36
52
2
 France
2
1
0
1
42
60
2

Group Two Qualifying Semi-Final Playoff Qualifier: Fiji

2008 Rugby League World Cup Group Three Results

Game 1: Oct 27th Tonga 22 - Ireland 20, Location - Parramatta, NSW, Australia, Crowd - 6,165

Game 2: Oct 31st Samoa 20 - Tonga 12, Location - Penrith, NSW, Australia, Crowd - 11,787

Game 3: Nov 5th Ireland 34 - Samoa 16, Location - Parramatta, NSW, Australia, Crowd - 8,602

2008 Rugby League World Cup Group Three Table

Team
P
W
D
L
F
A
PTS
Ireland
2
1
0
1
54
38
2

 Tonga

2
1
0
1
34
40
2
Samoa
2
1
0
1
36
46
2


Group Three Qualifying Semi-Final Playoff Qualifier: Ireland

2008 Rugby League World Cup Ranking Games

Ranking Game 1: Nov 8th Tonga 48 - Scotland 0, Location - Rockhampton, QLD, Australia, Crowd - 5,930 (Sellout)

Ranking Game 2: Nov 9th Samoa 42 - France 10, Location - Penrith, NSW, Australia, Crowd - 8,028

Ranking Game 1 (7th Place Winner): Tonga

Ranking Game 2 (9th Place Winner): Samoa


2008 Rugby League World Cup Qualifying Semi-Final Playoff

World Cup Qualifying Semi-Final Playoff: Nov 10th Fiji 30 - Ireland 14, Location - Skilled Park, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, Crowd - 8,224

2008 Rugby League World Cup Semi-Final Qualifier: Fiji

2008 Rugby League World Cup Semi-Finals

Semi-Final 1: Nov 15th New Zealand 32 - England 22, Location - Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, Crowd - 26,659

Semi-Final 2: Nov 16th Australia 52 - Fiji 0, Location - SFS, Sydney, NSW, Australia, Crowd - 15,855

2008 Rugby League World Cup Final Qualifiers: New Zealand & Australia

2008 Rugby League World Cup Final

Nov 23rd New Zealand 34 - Australia 20, Location - Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, Crowd - 50,599 (Record test crowd in Brisbane)

2008 Rugby League World Cup Champions: New Zealand

Final caps off successful 2008 RLWC

2008 RLWCBy Richard Cowley, 29/11/2008

The dust has finally settled on the 2008 Rugby League World Cup. Being the most successful Rugby League World Cup tournament ever held, it has delivered all it set out to achieve and more. Not only has it exceeded expectations but has provided the international game with a solid base to build on moving forward. From the opening game to the final fans have been witness to upsets, controversy and classic rugby league.

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No divine intervention for England and Fiji in 2008 RLWC Semis

2008 RLWCBy Richard Cowley, 18/11/2008

The semi-finals of the World Cup had two very different games with two very different dynamics. On one hand you had England trying to restore some pride against a New Zealand team gaining momentum with every game they play. Then on the other hand you had one of the success stories of the World Cup Fiji, who had already won by making it into the semi-final in the first place taking on the might of Australia. Both games didn't disappoint in the entertainment stakes.

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Third round of 2008 RLWC produces upsets

2008 RLWCBy Richard Cowley, 12/11/2008

The third round of the Rugby League World Cup turned the predicted finishing positions for Group Two and Three upside down. Ireland caused a major upset by beating Samoa 34 - 16 and securing a position in the qualifying semi-final. Scotland put a scare into Fiji by winning their first ever World Cup game 18 - 16. It was not enough to deny Fiji a date with Ireland for the qualifying semi-final. All teams in group Two and Three came away with a win each showing how competitive the games were.

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Second round of 2008 RLWC showcases attacking brilliance

2008 RLWCBy Richard Cowley 3/11/2008

The second round of the Rugby League World Cup had everything from Tonga and Samoa battling it out in a spirited game to England breaking records for all the wrong reasons. Fiji fried the French in the first major upset of the tournament and New Zealand bounced back to book a place in the semi-finals by cruising past Papua New Guinea. All in all the second round was anything but predictable.

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First round of 2008 Rugby League World Cup opens with a bang!

2008 RLWCBy Richard Cowley, 27/10/2008

After an 8-year absence the 2008 Rugby League World Cup kicked off in Townsville, Australia on Saturday night. In a display that typified what this World Cup means to minnow nations, Papua New Guinea almost achieved the unachievable by nearly upsetting the star studded English Team.

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Ten best teams in 2007 look towards the 2008 Rugby League World Cup

By Richard Cowley, 23/12/2007

The final qualifiers for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup finished up in November. Australia, New Zealand, England, France and Papua New Guinea automatically qualified. The remaining five spots have seen 14 teams compete in the qualifying rounds over the last 2 years. The end result will see arguably the best 10 rugby league nations in the World battle it out in next years World Cup.

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