2008 Rugby League World Cup Venues Finalised

The RLIF has finally announced all of the Venues for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.

Sydney will host the official opening ceremony followed by the big clash between Australia and New Zealand.

Its fantastic to see Canberra, Parramatta, Penrith and Wollongong all hosting matches. These smaller venues will allowed fans in areas that would normally be over looked by major events being able to be a part of the World Cup.

With games played all along the eastern Australia it looks like a well thought out, well planned competition.

The full schedule for the 2008 World Cup is as follows:
1 Sat, 25 Oct 08 Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville England v PNG
2 Sun, 26 Oct 08 Canberra Stadium Euro A – 2 v France
3 Sun, 26 Oct 08 Sydney Football Stadium Official Opening Ceremony Australia v NZ
4 Mon, 27 Oct 08 Parramatta Stadium Tonga v Euro A-1
5 Fri, 31 Oct 08 CUA Stadium, Penrith Repechage Winner v
6 Sat, 1 Nov 08 WIN Stadium, Wollongong Fiji v France
7 Sat, 1 Nov 08 Skilled Stadium, Gold Coast NZ v PNG
8 Sun, 2 Nov 08 Telstra Dome, Melbourne Australia v England
9 Wed, 5 Nov 08 Bluetongue Stadium, Central Coast Euro A – 2 v Fiji
10 Wed, 5 Nov 08 Parramatta Stadium Euro A – 1 v Repechage Winner
11 Sat, 8 Nov 08 Browne Park, Rockhampton Ranking (2-2) v (2-3)
12 Sat, 8 Nov 08 Energy Australia Stadium, Newcastle England v NZ
13 Sun, 9 Nov 08 CUA Stadium, Penrith Ranking (3-2) v (3-3)
14 Sun, 9 Nov 08 Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville PNG v Australia
15 Mon, 10 Nov 08 Skilled Stadium, Gold Coast Pool (1-2) v (1-3)
16 Sat, 15 Nov 08 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Semi Final (1)
17 Sun, 16 Nov 08 Sydney Football Stadium Semi Final (2)
18 Sat, 22 Nov 08 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane FINAL

Helping to make the 100th year of Australian Rugby League, the World Cup will be just another event not to be missed. With a forward thinking competition format that will make every game important, and clever venues selction, the IRL have done a pretty good job so far of organizing the event.

While the line up or teams has yet to be finalized, with qualifiers held over the next two months, you can now find just about all of the information you need to plan your World Cup trips.

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