2008 in rugby league

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The year 2008 was celebrated in Australia as the centenary of rugby league football. There the code first broke away in 1908. The highlight of the year was the World Cup, which was held in Australia in October and November 2008.

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

  • 2 May – The 75th annual City vs Country Origin match was played at WIN Stadium, Wollongong before a crowd of 11,365. The game was refereed by Jared Maxwell and kicked off at 8:00pm and finished in an unexpected draw of 22-all. The first known draw in City-Country representative history since 1933, which then was 17 all.
8:00pm AEST
Australia Australia 28–12 New Zealand New Zealand
Try: Gasnier 6', 13'
Gallen 17'
C. Smith 22'
Folau 64'
Goal: Thurston (4)
Try: Soliola 42'
Perrett 79'
Goal: J. Smith
Luke
Sydney Cricket Ground
Attendance: 34,571
Man of the Match: Mark Gasnier Australia
Simon Mannering New Zealand
Australia won their 7th straight match over New Zealand with a 28–12 win in the 9th ANZAC Test. The Kangaroos, wearing the original sky blue and maroon hooped jersey from the days before the green & gold, got out to a 22–0 lead (including a remarkably acrobatic try involving Greg Inglis and Mark Gasnier) in only 23 minutes into the match and it remained that scoreline going into the break. New Zealand scored first in the second half only two minutes in bringing it back to 22–6. However Australia put the game beyond doubt when they scored in the 64th minute regaining their margin of 22 points with the New Zealand side scoring a late consolation try finalising the score 28–12.
  • 21 May – Game one of the 2008 State of Origin series was played at Sydney's ANZ Stadium before a crowd of 67,620. The game kicked off at 8:00pm and was refereed by Tony Archer. New South Wales defeated Queensland 18 – 10.

June[edit]

11 June 2008
Queensland 30–0 New South Wales
Johnathan Thurston (14 – 7g)
Darius Boyd (8 – 2t)
Ben Hannant (4 – 1t)
Israel Folau (4 – 1t)
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 52,476
Referee/s: Tony Archer
Man of the Match: Greg Inglis


27 June 2008
France France colours.svg 8–56 England colours.svg England
Tries: Wynne 8'
Goals: Bosc (2/2)
Report Tries: Pryce 14'
Gleeson (3) 19', 57', 61'
Fa'asavalu 35'
Fox 49'
Senior 52'
Wilkin 67'
McGuire 70'
Wellens 74'
Goals: Sinfield (5/6)
Burrow (3/4)
Stade Ernest Wallon, Toulouse
Attendance: 8,326
Referee/s: Jason Robinson
Man of the Match: Leon Pryce

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

England  74 – 0  Wales
Try: Briscoe (2)
Sykes (2)
Gleeson (2)
Myler (2)
Purdham
Calderwood
Clubb
Hock
McCarthy-Scarsbrook
Fox
Goal: Purdham (9)
(report)
Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster
Attendance: 11,263
Referee/s: Steve Ganson England
Man of the Match: Rob Purdham
  • 12 October - New Plymouth, New Zealand: In the weeks before the World Cup began nearly half of the teams played warm up matches to prepare themselves for the tournament and to help select their squads.
All Golds New Zealand 44 – 10  Māori
Try: Vatuvei (2)
Hohaia (2)
Sa
Inu
Perrett
Wiki
Goal: Luke (3)
Inu (2)
Swann
(report) Try: Kenny-Dowall
Nightingale
Goal: Locke
  • 12 October - Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: In the weeks before the World Cup began nearly half of the teams played warm up matches to prepare themselves for the tournament and to help select their squads.
12 October 2008
PNG Residents Papua New Guinea 12 – 22 Papua New Guinea PNG Internationals
Try: Marabe
Riyong
Goal: J. Joe
John
(report) Try: Keppa
S. Joe
Bond
Goal: Wilshere (3)
Lloyd Robson Oval, Port Moresby
Attendance: 10,000+
Referee/s: Shayne Hayne Australia
Man of the Match: Neville Costigan [3]
  • 18 October – Auckland, New Zealand: In the weeks before the World Cup began nearly half of the teams played warm up matches to prepare themselves for the tournament and to help select their squads.
New Zealand  56 – 8  Tonga
Try: Ropati (3)
Nightingale (2)
Marshall (2)
Sa
Leuluai
Mannering
Goal: Inu (6)
Matai (2)
(report) Try: Vuna
Leo-Latu
Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland
Referee/s: Jason Robinson Australia

November[edit]

December[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ David Riccio (26 July 2008). "Sonny Bill Williams leaves Bulldogs for France". The Courier Mail. Retrieved 27 July 2008. 
  2. ^ "Sonny Bill Williams to play in Japan before likely switch to NRL". The Daily Telegraph. 10 July 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  3. ^ http://news.leaguehq.com.au/sport/png-will-shock-big-guns-says-costigan-20081013-4zsi.html
  4. ^ news.bbc.co.uk (11 December 2008). "NRL approves dual referees system". BBC Spoer. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 

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