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The 2008 Rugby League World Cup
Rugby League World Cup
was the thirteenth staging of the Rugby League World Cup
Rugby League World Cup
since its inauguration in 1954, and the first since the 2000 tournament.[1] The tournament was held in Australia from 26 October, culminating in the final between Australia
and New Zealand on 22 November. 2008 was the fourth time that the World Cup was held in Australia, the first being in 1957. The tournament was won by New Zealand, who defeated Australia
34–20 in the final in one of the greatest upsets in the history of the sport. The tournament featured the best ten teams around the globe which were split into three groups. A total of eighteen matches took place in twelve different venues across four Australian states. The tournament ended a year of celebrations commemorating the centenary of the game in the southern hemisphere and was part of the Festival of World Cups. The thirteenth Cup was scheduled to be held in Australia
in 2004,[2] however the lack of international success by Great Britain and New Zealand after the 2000 World Cup and the rise of the Tri-Nations tournament meant that it was delayed for a further four years.[3] The Rugby League International Federation
Rugby League International Federation
officially announced this tournament on 6 May 2006,[4] with further details on scheduling and dates following on 19 April 2007.[5] The first match took place in Townsville
between England
and Papua New Guinea, although the official opening ceremony of the competition occurred before the Australia
and New Zealand
New Zealand
match the following day in Sydney.[6] The final took place at Lang Park
Lang Park
(Suncorp Stadium) in Brisbane. The tournament proved a commercial success, delivering a profit of A$5 million and re-establishing the credibility of the competition.[7]


1 Format

1.1 Draw 1.2 Points 1.3 Ranking matches

2 Qualification 3 Teams 4 Match officials 5 Venues 6 Opening ceremony 7 Group stage

7.1 Group A 7.2 Group B 7.3 Group C

8 Positional playoffs

8.1 7th-place playoff: Scotland
vs Tonga 8.2 9th-place playoff: Samoa
vs France

9 Knockout stage

9.1 Semi-final qualifier: Fiji
vs Ireland 9.2 Semi-finals

9.2.1 New Zealand
New Zealand
vs England 9.2.2 Australia
vs Fiji

9.3 Final: Australia
vs New Zealand

10 Try scorers 11 Attendances 12 Criticism and controversy 13 Tickets 14 Sponsorship 15 "Heroes Here 08" campaign 16 Broadcasting

16.1 Television 16.2 Radio

17 Sources 18 References 19 External links

Format[edit] Draw[edit] The draw, after being confirmed by the RLIF on 19 April 2007, involved three groups. The first group was made up of four teams; Australia, England, New Zealand
New Zealand
and Papua New Guinea. Whilst the other two groups involved three teams each. The semi finals were made up of the first three teams in the first group and the winner of a playoff between the winners of the second and third groups. The draw was put into doubt after the Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea
team claimed that it was unfair to them and threatened to boycott the tournament should it not be changed. Marcus Bai, former Papua New Guinean winger and captain, said:[8]

They have to change it and if they don't, we won't come. We will ring up the other island nations and teams elsewhere who don't qualify and we can have our own competition. They have shown no respect for our country or for our efforts to promote the game up there.

Fortunately for the tournament, this separate island competition did not eventuate. Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea
still remained upset with the draw, seeing it as a huge challenge but one which would have seen them be rewarded if they had won. The draw was finalised on 4 October 2007.[9] Points[edit] Teams received 2 points for a win, and 1-point for a draw. This meant that, unlike in the Australasian National Rugby League, there was no "golden point" rule enforced. In group stages, if two teams had the same number of points then positions were determined on points difference, the number of points scored minus the number of points conceded. Ranking matches[edit] After group matches were completed, a match featuring the second placed teams in Group B and Group C took place with the winner receiving 7th place. Similarly the third placed teams in Group B and Group C played off for 9th place. It was believed that these results were to be taken into account in the 2009 RLIF World Rankings.[citation needed] Qualification[edit] Main article: 2008 Rugby League World Cup
Rugby League World Cup
qualifying The hosts, Australia, were given automatic entry into the World Cup, along with New Zealand, England, France
and Papua New Guinea. The five remaining places in the World Cup were determined by qualification rounds. Two European rounds and Pacific, Atlantic and Repêchage rounds were scheduled. Tonga
and Fiji
became the first two nations to qualify after Tonga defeated Samoa
18–10 in Leeds
on 22 October, forcing Samoa
to enter the repêchage. In the European Group Two, Ireland
drew 16–16 with Lebanon to ensure qualification, while Lebanon were forced to enter the repêchage. The final automatic place went to Scotland, who defeated Wales 37–32 on aggregate after two legs. Wales then faced Lebanon in the repêchage semi-final, where they lost in a surprise 50–26 defeat, to knock them out of World Cup Qualifying. Lebanon then faced Samoa, who beat USA 42–10 in the first semi-final, on 14 November for the final qualifying position. The game was won by Samoa, 38–16, and so they booked the tenth and final place.[10] Many qualification matches were broadcast live by Sky Sports
Sky Sports
in the United Kingdom and New Zealand, whilst BigPondTV broadcast matches online for other fans around the world.[11] Teams[edit] See also: 2008 Rugby League World Cup
Rugby League World Cup

Team Nickname Coach Captain RLIF Rank Final Rank

 Australia The Kangaroos Ricky Stuart Darren Lockyer 1 2


Tony Smith Jamie Peacock 3 3

 Fiji The Bati Joe Dakuitoga Wes Naiqama 6 4

 France Les Chanticleers John Monie Jerome Guisset 5 10

 Ireland The Wolfhounds Andy Kelly Scott Grix 9 6

 New Zealand The Kiwis Stephen Kearney Nathan Cayless 2 1

 Papua New Guinea The Kumuls Adrian Lam John Wilshere 7 5

 Samoa Toa Samoa John Ackland Nigel Vagana 12 9

 Scotland The Bravehearts Steve McCormack Danny Brough 11 8

 Tonga Mate Ma'a Tonga Jim Dymock Lopini Paea 4 7

Match officials[edit] Six referees from four countries controlled matches in the tournament. These four nations also provided touch judges while England
and Australia
provided the video referees.[12][13] In support of the Australian National Breast Cancer Foundation, the referees wore pastel pink shirts while officiating matches to raise awareness. The shirts, which carried the NBCF logo on the collar, were signed by the team captains at each World Cup game and were later auctioned off with the proceeds going to the NBCF.[14]


Thierry Alibert
Thierry Alibert
(France) Tony Archer (Australia) Steve Ganson
Steve Ganson
(England) Shayne Hayne
Shayne Hayne
(Australia) Ashley Klein
Ashley Klein
(England) Leon Williamson (New Zealand)

Video referees

Steve Clark (Australia) Phil Cooley (Australia) Steve Ganson
Steve Ganson
(England) Ashley Klein
Ashley Klein
(England) Paul Simpkins (Australia)

Touch judges

Adam Burns (New Zealand) Steve Chiddy (Australia) James Child
James Child
(England) Tony De Las Hera (Australia) Paul Holland (Australia) Jose Perrara (France) Bernard Sutton (Australia) Gerard Sutton (Australia) Russell Turner (Australia)

Venues[edit] Due to Rugby League World Cup
Rugby League World Cup
rules prohibiting the use of commercial venue names, all venues were known by their non-commercial names, e.g. Suncorp Stadium was known as Lang Park
Lang Park
during the tournament. Lang Park would also host the World Cup Final.

Brisbane Melbourne Sydney Gold Coast

Lang Park Docklands Stadium Sydney
Football Stadium Robina Stadium

Capacity: 52,500 Capacity: 56,347 Capacity: 42,500 Capacity: 27,400

Townsville Newcastle Canberra Wollongong

Willows Sports Complex Newcastle International Sports Centre Canberra
Stadium Wollongong

Capacity: 26,500 Capacity: 26,126 Capacity: 25,011 Capacity: 23,000

Sydney Sydney Gosford Rockhampton

Penrith Stadium Parramatta Stadium Central Coast Stadium Browne Park

Capacity: 22,500 Capacity: 21,500 Capacity: 20,059 Capacity: 8,000





Gold Coast






Opening ceremony[edit]

The 2008 World Cup's opening ceremony

On Sunday night, 26 October, the Sydney
Football Stadium hosted the Opening Ceremony of the World Cup. It started with Greg Inglis reciting a speech about "Playing Fair". Following Inglis' speech there was an Aboriginal Smoking ceremony to welcome all the athletes and participants. This included a rather large sized Rainbow Serpent
Rainbow Serpent
which represented the Aboriginal Dreamtime. The last part of the ceremony involved a performance of the Rugby League World Cup
Rugby League World Cup
anthem "Hero" by Natalie Bassingthwaighte. A curtain raiser to the Australia
vs. New Zealand match included an Indigenous Australian squad playing against New Zealand
New Zealand
Māori which featured several prominent NRL players and rising stars, including Chris Sandow, Wairangi Koopu, Preston Campbell, Sam Thaiday, Shaun Kenny-Dowall
Shaun Kenny-Dowall
and Carl Webb. Welcome to the Country Match As part of the official opening of the World Cup on 26 October, an exhibition game was played between an Aboriginal selection and a New Zealand Māori side.[15]

26 October 2008

Indigenous Dreamtime 34–26  Māori

Try: Wesser (2) Jensen (2) Carney Gordon Goal: Soward (5) (report) Try: McKendry Kenny-Dowall Stanley Rapana Taumata Goal: Goodwin (2) Stanley

Football Stadium, Sydney Attendance: 34,157 Referee/s: Tony Archer

Group stage[edit] The 2008 Rugby League World Cup's eighteen matches were played during October and November in various locations throughout the east coast of Australia. The tournament's teams were divided into three pool groups. The teams finishing highest amongst those groups progressed to the play-offs. All teams from group A (shaded in green) with the exception of the bottom qualifying team progressed to the semi-finals, the other two groups the top finisher progressed to a playoff match, in which the winner would qualify to the semi-finals.

Key to colours in group tables

Advances to knockout stage

Group A[edit] Main article: 2008 Rugby League World Cup
Rugby League World Cup
Group A

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts

 Australia 3 3 0 0 128 16 112 6

 New Zealand 3 2 0 1 90 60 30 4

 England 3 1 0 2 60 110 -50 2

 Papua New Guinea 3 0 0 3 34 126 -92 0

25 October 2008 England  32–22  Papua New Guinea Willows Sports Complex, Townsville

26 October 2008 Australia  30–6  New Zealand Sydney
Football Stadium, Sydney

1 November 2008 New Zealand  48–6  Papua New Guinea Robina Stadium, Gold Coast

2 November 2008 Australia  52–4  England Docklands Stadium, Melbourne

8 November 2008 England  24–36  New Zealand Newcastle Stadium, Newcastle

9 November 2008 Australia  46–6  Papua New Guinea Willows Sports Complex, Townsville

Group B[edit] Main article: 2008 Rugby League World Cup
Rugby League World Cup
Group B

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts

 Fiji 2 1 0 1 58 24 34 2

 Scotland 2 1 0 1 36 50 -16 2

 France 2 1 0 1 42 60 -18 2

26 October 2008 France  36–18  Scotland Canberra
Stadium, Canberra

1 November 2008 Fiji  42–6  France Wollongong
Showground, Wollongong

5 November 2008 Scotland  18–16  Fiji Central Coast Stadium, Gosford

Group C[edit] Main article: 2008 Rugby League World Cup
Rugby League World Cup
Group C

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts

 Ireland 2 1 0 1 54 38 16 2

 Tonga 2 1 0 1 34 40 -6 2

 Samoa 2 1 0 1 36 46 -10 2

27 October 2008 Tonga  22–20  Ireland Parramatta Stadium, Sydney

31 October 2008 Samoa  20–12  Tonga Penrith Stadium, Sydney

5 November 2008 Ireland  34–16  Samoa Parramatta Stadium, Sydney

Positional playoffs[edit] 7th-place playoff: Scotland
vs Tonga[edit]

8 November 2008

Scotland  0–48  Tonga

Report Try: Vuna (2) Mateo Paea Uaisele Williams Talanoa Jennings Goal: Williams (7) Paea

Browne Park, Rockhampton Attendance: 5,942 Referee/s: Shane Hayne (Australia)

9th-place playoff: Samoa
vs France[edit]

9 November 2008

Samoa  42–14  France

Try: Te'o (2) Utai Meli Carmont Taulapapa Roberts T.Puletua Goal: Roberts (3) Paulo (2) Report Try: Guisset Planas Goal: Bosc

Penrith Stadium, Penrith Attendance: 8,028 Referee/s: Thierry Alibert
Thierry Alibert

Knockout stage[edit] Main article: 2008 Rugby League World Cup
Rugby League World Cup
knockout stage

  Semi-final qualifier






 New Zealand 32  


 England 22  




 New Zealand 34


 Australia 20



 Australia 52


 Fiji 0  

 Fiji 30


 Ireland 14  

Semi-final qualifier: Fiji
vs Ireland[edit]

10 November 2008

Fiji  30–14  Ireland

Try: Uate (2) Bukuya Hayne Naiqama Goals: Naiqama (5/6) Report Try: Blanch (2) Grix Goals: Richards (1/4)

Robina Stadium, Gold Coast Attendance: 8,224 Referee/s: Ashley Klein
Ashley Klein
(England) Man of the Match: Aaron Groom
Aaron Groom

Semi-finals[edit] New Zealand
New Zealand
vs England[edit]

15 November 2008

New Zealand  32–22  England

Try: Ropati (2) Perrett Hohaia Harrison Marshall Goal: Smith (3) Marshall Report Try: McGuire (2) Peacock Gleeson Goal: Burrow (3)

Lang Park, Brisbane Attendance: 26,659 Referee/s: Shane Hayne (Australia)

vs Fiji[edit]

16 November 2008

Australia  52–0  Fiji

Try: Paul Gallen
Paul Gallen
2' Brent Tate
Brent Tate
5', 16' Billy Slater
Billy Slater
9', 38', 49' Johnathan Thurston
Johnathan Thurston
62', 66', 72' Greg Inglis
Greg Inglis
77' Goal: Johnathan Thurston
Johnathan Thurston
(6) Report

Football Stadium, Sydney Attendance: 15,855 Referee/s: Ashley Klein
Ashley Klein
(England) Man of the Match: Billy Slater
Billy Slater

Final: Australia
vs New Zealand[edit] Main article: 2008 Rugby League World Cup
Rugby League World Cup

22 November 2008 19:00 AEST

Australia  20 – 34  New Zealand

Tries: Darren Lockyer
Darren Lockyer
(2) David Williams Greg Inglis

Goals: Johnathan Thurston
Johnathan Thurston
(2/4) Report Tries: Lance Hohaia
Lance Hohaia
(2) Jeremy Smith Jerome Ropati Benji Marshall Adam Blair Goals: Isaac Luke
Isaac Luke
(3/3) Benji Marshall
Benji Marshall

Lang Park, Brisbane Attendance: 50,599 Referee/s: Ashley Klein
Ashley Klein
(England) Man of the Match: Darren Lockyer
Darren Lockyer

Try scorers[edit]


Billy Slater


Greg Inglis


Akuila Uate Damien Blanch


Joel Monaghan David Williams Lance Hohaia Jerome Ropati Manu Vatuvei


Scott Prince Johnathan Thurston Martin Gleeson Lee Smith Jarryd Hayne Jérôme Guisset Pat Richards Sam Perrett Michael Jennings


Israel Folau Anthony Laffranchi Darren Lockyer Brent Tate Rob Burrow Ade Gardner Danny McGuire Jayson Bukuya Semi Tadulala John Wilson Adam Blair Simon Mannering Benji Marshall George Keppa George Carmont Francis Meli Misi Taulapapa Ben Te'o Matt Utai Nigel Vagana Jon Steel Oliver Wilkes Etuate Uaisele


Paul Gallen Anthony Tupou Jamie Peacock Mickey Higham James Roby Christophe Moly Sébastien Planas Sébastien Raguin Jared Taylor Iowane Divavesi Semisi Tora Wes Naiqama Liam Finn Simon Finnigan Sean Gleeson Scott Grix Michael Platt Greg Eastwood David Fa'alogo Nathan Fien Bronson Harrison Issac Luke Sika Manu Jason Nightingale Paul Aiton Jason Chan Rod Griffin Menzie Yere Joseph Paulo Frank Puletua Ben Roberts David Solomona Paddy Coupar Michael Robertson Tevita Leo-Latu Feleti Mateo Eddie Paea Fetuli Talanoa Esikeli Tonga Tony Williams

Attendances[edit] ‹ The template below (Incomplete) is being considered for deletion. See templates for discussion to help reach a consensus. ›

This section is incomplete. (November 2017)

Criticism and controversy[edit] Due to the generally poor response of the 2000 World Cup, there were several key criticisms of the tournament before any matches had kicked off.[16] The RLIF were forced to defend the credibility of the tournament in October 2007 after New Zealand, one of the favourites for the competition, were heavily beaten in a Test match 58–0 in Wellington
against Australia.[17] Another concern was whether there would be enough competitiveness throughout the ten teams, with some fans worried about the possibility of too many one-sided matches,[18] which was a common sight in the Group Stages of the 2000 tournament.[19] Ricky Stuart, coach of the Australian team, was reported to be so incensed by his team's defeat in the final that he verbally attacked Geoff Carr, the chief executive of Australian Rugby League, claiming that tournament organisers and match officials conspired to cause the Australian loss.[20] The next morning he had a chance meeting with Ashley Klein, who refereed the final, and Stuart Cummings, the Rugby Football League's director of match officials, at their hotel. He reportedly abused both officials in front of a number of witnesses, calling Klein a cheat, and behaved in an aggressive and physically intimidating manner.[21] Stuart later apologised for his behaviour and resigned from his post.[22] Tickets[edit] Tickets for Australian residents went on sale 7 November 2007 and internationally on 18 February.[23] However tickets were not distributed until 3 March. Ticketek were announced as the official ticketing agency for the competition, selling tickets for all matches.[24] Ticketmaster and Pilbeam Theatre were selling tickets to the Telstra
Dome and Browne Park matches respectively. The World Cup Final sold out months in advance.[25] Sponsorship[edit] The Official Sponsors of the Rugby League World Cup
Rugby League World Cup
2008 were:[26]

Jetstar: Official Airline Foster's: Official Beer Bundaberg Rum: Official Spirit AAMI: Official referee sponsor Telstra: Official Telecommunications sponsor Gillette: Official Male products Holiday Inn: Official Accommodation Supplier Coca-Cola: Official Soft drink Harvey Norman: Official retailer Bic: Official stationery

"Heroes Here 08" campaign[edit]

Promotional video scene

Heroes Here 08 strapline

The World Cup's "Heroes Here 08" promotional campaign was launched at the Sydney
Opera House on 6 May 2008.[27] At the launch, Paul Kind, the World Cup Director of Marketing, explained, "Heroes Here 08 underlines that fact that the international game, and particularly this tournament, will bring out the best in every player who takes part. It will create heroes." Natalie Bassingthwaighte
Natalie Bassingthwaighte
recorded an "Australian version" of the Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
song "Hero" which accompanied the "Heroes 08" promotional video and other World Cup advertising. The World Cup Opening Ceremony featured a live performance of the song by Bassingthwaighte.[27] Filming of visuals for the promotional video began in Leeds
during the worldwide ticketing launch for the event in November 2007.[27] Advertising agency MJW, celebrity photographer Garry Heery and production company Engine worked together to combine the latest digital animation with a dark and determined set that highlighted the passion players feel in representing their country on the international stage.[27] The Heroes campaign featured Mark Gasnier
Mark Gasnier
(Australia), Roy Asotasi (New Zealand), Rob Burrow
Rob Burrow
(England), Keith Peters (PNG), Waisale Sukanaveita (Fiji), Nigel Vagana
Nigel Vagana
(Samoa), Jerome Guisset
Jerome Guisset
(France), Lee Paterson (Scotland), Stuart Littler
Stuart Littler
(Ireland) and Lopini Paea (Tonga).[27] Gasnier was later removed from some of the promotional material after he left the sport mid-season and was replaced by Darren Lockyer. The video also appeared in the video game Rugby League 2: World Cup Edition, which featured a world cup mode based on the event. Broadcasting[edit] Television[edit] The 2008 World Cup had 26 separate television deals taking coverage to 127 countries and generating more than $20 million income.[28] A global television audience of 19.2 million made it the most widely broadcast event in the game's history.[29] Channel 9 broadcast all Group A matches and the Knockout Stage matches in Australia. Fox Sports broadcast all Group B and C matches plus Ranking Stage matches live. In the United Kingdom, Sky Sports broadcast all matches live,[30] meaning that all were shown in the morning and some as early as 06:00 am[31] with highlights being shown on the BBC. Sky Sport showed all games live across New Zealand. Mai TV
Mai TV
broadcast all matches live in Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Samoa, Cook Islands
Cook Islands
and the Solomon Islands.[32] Orange Sport
Orange Sport
provided coverage of all matches live in France. Coverage of the competition also extended to countries not taking part. Showtime showed all matches live across the Middle East. G offered coverage of all games in many countries in Africa. Astro showed all matches in Malaysia, and ESPN360 showed all matches in the United States. In Brazil, some matches were broadcast by Bandsports. The only participating country with no television coverage of the matches was Tonga; the RLIF were hoping to secure a deal before the World Cup started, but this never happened. BigPondTV, an online television station, broadcast all matches live and also repeated matches. This service was available to everyone for free. Radio[edit]

Radio 5 Live and its sister station BBC
Radio 5 Live Sports Extra broadcast selected games. UK – some non-rights holders used Australian freelance reporter Tim Stackpool to report on games for UK broadcasters. An extensive archive can be heard here: RLWC Archive AUS – ABC and 2GB Radio broadcast selected games. NZ – Radio Sport broadcast the Kiwi's games, including the Kiwi's victory in the final.


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External links[edit]

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