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    Draw revealed for 2008 World Cup

    Australia are the reigning World champions
    England have been placed in a "super pool" with Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea for the group stages of the 2008 World Cup.
    There will be 10 teams in total, with Pool One containing four teams and the other two pools containing three.


    The top three teams from Pool One - the "super pool" - will go through to the semi-finals, while the other two pool winners play off to join them.


    The final will take place in Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium on 22 November.


    Holders and hosts Australia will get the 13th World Cup under way against New Zealand in Sydney on 25 October, with England opening their campaign against Papua New Guinea the following day.


    The tournament format is designed to prevent a repeat of the many one-sided matches in the 2000 event.


    Nineteen nations entered the 2008 World Cup and seven have already secured a place in Australia.


    Australia, New Zealand, England, France and Papua New Guinea are automatic entries, while Tonga and Fiji have qualified via the Pacific Cup.


    Seven other teams - Ireland, Lebanon, Russia, Scotland, Wales, the United States and Samoa - are vying for the remaining three places.


    In addition to hosting the final, the Suncorp Stadium will also host a semi-final and at least three of the remaining 17 matches in the tournament.


    Sydney has been guaranteed a semi-final and a minimum of five pool matches, and fixtures have been confirmed in Townsville, Robina and Melbourne, with negotiations on-going at other regional venues.


    "Already the tournament has achieved an enormous amount in promoting the game in developing nations," said Colin Love, chairman of the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF).


    "There's a real sense of anticipation building in those countries still working to qualify.


    "There's enormous enthusiasm for the game internationally and the spirit of World Cups in all sports is to respect the so-called minnows as much as the established stars.


    "It will also, as shown in last year's Tri-Nations final, showcase the remarkable rivalries of traditional powers such as Australia, England and New Zealand.


    "It's a compelling event not only for rugby league fans but for all sports fans.


    "Australians love to give an 'underdog' a go and World Cups are a celebration of that very spirit."


    Tickets for the 2008 World Cup will go on sale in August 2007.





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    2008 World Cup pools:
    Pool 1: Australia, New Zealand, England, Papua New Guinea
    Pool 2: France, Fiji, winner Euro A Pool 2
    Pool 3: Tonga, winner repechage, winner Euro A Pool 1


    2008 World Cup schedule:
    Saturday, October 25: Australia v New Zealand
    Sunday Oct 26: England v Papua New Guinea
    Sunday October 26: Euro A Pool 1 v Tonga
    Sunday October 26: France v Euro A Pool 2
    Friday October 31: Fiji v France
    Friday Oct 31: Tonga v Repechage
    Saturday November 1: New Zealand v Papua New Guinea
    Sunday November 2: Australia v England
    Wednesday November 5: Euro A Pool 2 v Fiji
    Wednesday November 5: Euro A Pool 1 v Repechage
    Saturday November 8: England v New Zealand
    Sunday November 9: Papua New Guinea v Australia
    Monday November 10: Semi-final qualifier for Pool two and Pool three winners
    Tuesday November 11: Ranking match, Pool 2 second place v Pool 3 third place
    Friday November 14: Ranking match, Pool 2 third place v Pool 3 third place
    Friday November 14: Ranking match, Pool 1 fourth place v semi-final qualifier loser
    Saturday November 15: Semi-final one
    Sunday November 16: Semi-final two
    Saturday November 22: Final
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    #2


    Rugby league world cup is it really help the games? I want to ask the TV broadcast, club and rugby football league, how much effort are they put on the games. rugby league is great sports as rugby union but is a games no one talk about it. It is a time for RFL and club to really work on the games. the season too long, no much TV games on tellie exp on sky, bbc and test rugby league is poor crown. why all is on sky. is time for RFL to think and look at Australia did. how they did. it is a time for bring the game popualr at UK and Ireland .. europea and world .. rugby league is great sports ..


    PS . scotland , wales and Ireland on world cup? I wish they are .. take part of the game .. kill the oz

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      #3


      I find it amazing that this will be the 13th world cup.





      And it is quite shocking the lack of promotion and advertising around it
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        #4
        Lessons to be learned for Union with the format though.... something should be ddone to involve th elesser nations without exposing them to 100+ hidings from NZ etc..

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          #5
          A little closer to home lads - check www.rli.ie or alternatively (for a Limerick based club) www.treatycitytitans.com for news / updates on RL locally. The new domestic RL season kicks of on May 12th with the Kilkenny 9's tournament and the actual league starts the following Saturday. Three divisions this year: Super League and National Leagues 1&2. We've had some good times thus far with this game and yes, it does improve players

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            #6
            Originally posted by banjaxed


            The tournament format is designed to prevent a repeat of the many one-sided matches in the 2000 event. ...


            Nineteen nations entered the 2008 World Cup and seven have already secured a place in Australia. ...


            Seven other teams - Ireland, Lebanon, Russia, Scotland, Wales, the United States and Samoa - are vying for the remaining three places.


            Preventing one-sided games sounds great, but these inevitably happen at either rugby code's WC. With the idea of promoting league around the world, it makes little sense restricting it to 10 teams with 19 ''vying'' for a place at it. Sure we took a little bit of interest in the Irish team when they competed in the cricket WC.
            Yeah with one foot in the grave and one foot on the pedal, I was born a rebel

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