Tertiary Student Rugby League World Cup

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University Rugby League World Cup
Sport Rugby league football
Instituted 1986
Number of teams 8
Region International (RLIF)
Holders Australia Australia (2013)

The Tertiary Student Rugby League World Cup, also known as the University Rugby League World Cup, first took place in 1986 in New Zealand, when the then five test nations each entered a side in what was the first non-first grade World Cup hosted by the Rugby League International Federation.[1]

The value of the Tertiary level to Rugby League in terms of spreading the sport, particularly in countries like Great Britain, France and New Zealand, led to a World Cup being created as an incentive to help grow this level of the game.[1]

Since 1986, five more tournaments have been held, and sixteen different nations have taken part. The benefits the tournament has provided to the sport cannot be doubted, with strong Tertiary competitions now existing in England, Wales, France, New Zealand, Australia, and new ones developing.[1]

Whilst the 2008 tournament will not be the largest Tertiary Student Rugby League World Cup ever held, it will still play an important role in the game at this level, continuing to give a platform for players and nations to strive for.[1]

History[edit]

The league was established in 1967.[2]

Nations that have played in the Tertiary Student RLWC[edit]

Nation Number of appearances First appearance Most recent appearance Best result
 Australia 8 1986 2013 Champions, 1989; 1992; 1996; 2008; 2013;
 New Zealand 8 1986 2013 Champions, 1986; 1999; 2005;
 France 7 1986 2008 3rd place, 1986; 1989; 2005;
 England 8 1989 2013 Runners-up 1989; 2008; 2013
 Wales 7 1989 2013 4th place, 1992; 2013 Plate Winners 1996;
 Scotland 7 1989 2013 5th place, 1992; Plate Winners 1999;
 Ireland 7 1989 2013 6th place, 1989; 1996; 1999;
 Samoa 2 1992 1996 Runners-up 1996;
 Papua New Guinea 2 1986 1992 5th place, 1986;
 Russia 3 1996 2013 Bowl Winners 1999
 South Africa 3 1996 2013 8th place, 1999;
 United States 2 1996 1999 7th place, 1996;
 Japan 2 1996 1999 8th place, 1996;
 Tonga 1 1992 1992 Runners-up 1992;
 Greece 1 2008 2008 Plate winners 2008;
 Great Britain 1 1986 1986 4th place, 1986;
 Netherlands (Holland) 1 1989 1989 8th place, 1989;
Pacific Islanders 1 2005 2005 5th place, 2005;
 Fiji 1 1992 1992 7th place, 1992;
 Canada 1 1999 1999 10th place, 1999;

Tournaments[edit]

1986[edit]

New Zealand hosted the first World Cup. It focussed on the dominant rugby league playing nations of the time: Australia; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; France and Great Britain.[2]

GROUP GAMES:[3]

Rnd 1 France France Students 14 - 8 United Kingdom Great Britain Students
Rnd 1 New Zealand New Zealand Universities 22 - 14 Australia Australian Universities
Rnd 2 New Zealand New Zealand Universities 12 - 10 France France Students
Rnd 2 United Kingdom Great Britain Students 40 - 8 Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea Students
Rnd 3 Australia Australian Universities 12 - 4 United Kingdom Great Britain Students
Rnd 3 France France Students 20 - 4 Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea Students
Rnd 4 New Zealand New Zealand Universities 54 - 0 Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea Students
Rnd 4 Australia Australian Universities 35 - 18 France France Students
Rnd 5 Australia Australian Universities 50 - 16 Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea Students
Rnd 5 New Zealand New Zealand Universities 28 - 12 United Kingdom Great Britain Students
Team P W D L + - Diff Pts
New Zealand 4 4 0 0 116 36 80 8
Australia 4 4 0 0 116 36 80 8
France 4 4 0 0 116 36 80 8
Great Britain 4 4 0 0 116 36 80 8
Papua New Guinea 4 4 0 0 116 36 80 8

CUP THIRD V FOURTH FINAL: [3]

France France Students 24 - 10 United Kingdom Great Britain Students

CUP FINAL: [3]

New Zealand New Zealand Universities 14 - 10 Australia Australian Universities

WORLD CUP RANKINGS: [3]

1. New Zealand
2. Australia
3. France
4. Great Britain
5. Papua New Guinea

1989[edit]

World Cup 2 came to these shores in 1989. Great Britain were now split into the Home Nations, with England applying themselves most successfully to lose narrowly to Australia in the Final. This World Cup also witnessed the first appearance of Holland on the world rugby league stage.[2]

GROUP GAMES:
Rnd 1 - Ireland Students 16 defeated Scotland Students 12
Rnd 1 - Australian Universities 18 defeated England Students 10
Rnd 1 - New Zealand Universities 20 drew with France Students 20
Rnd 1 - Wales Students 48 defeated Holland Students 10

Rnd 2 - Australian Universities 36 defeated Scotland Students 22
Rnd 2 - England Students 65 defeated Ireland Students 12
Rnd 2 - New Zealand Universities 28 defeated Wales Students 10
Rnd 2 - France Students 42 defeated Holland Students 12

Rnd 3 - Australian Universities 78 defeated New Zealand Universities 8
Rnd 3 - England Students 54 defeated Scotland Students 4
Rnd 3 - New Zealand Universities 50 defeated Holland Students 16
Rnd 3 - France Students 18 defeated Wales Students 4

CUP SEMI FINALS:
England Students 20 defeated New Zealand Universities 10
Australian Universities 18 defeated France 2

CUP SEVENTH V EIGHTH FINAL:
Scotland Students 20 defeated Holland Students 10

CUP FIFTH V SIXTH FINAL:
Wales Students 48 defeated Ireland Students 12

CUP THIRD V FOURTH FINAL:
France Students 28 defeated New Zealand Universities 16

CUP FINAL:
Australian Universities 10 defeated England Students 5

WORLD CUP RANKINGS:
1. Australia
2. England
3. France
4. New Zealand
5. Wales
6. Ireland
7. Scotland
8. Holland

1992[edit]

The 1992 World Cup moved to Australia, and in addition to the continuing strength of the Australian student game, also saw the rise of the Pacific Islanders. Their senior teams were to make a big impression in the Halifax Centenary World Cup in 1995, but in 1992, Fiji, Samoa and in particular, Tonga, proved to be an instant hit.[2]

GROUP GAMES:
Rnd 1 - England Students 38 defeated Ireland Students 4
Rnd 1 - Wales Students 20 defeated Fiji Students 18
Rnd 1 - Scotland Students 42 defeated Papua New Guinea Students 14
Rnd 1 - Australian Universities 32 defeated Tonga Students 6
Rnd 1 - New Zealand Universities 15 defeated Samoa Students 14

Rnd 2 - Tonga Students 36 defeated Papua New Guinea Students 12
Rnd 2 - New Zealand Universities 48 defeated Ireland Students 4
Rnd 2 - Fiji Students 34 defeated England Students 14
Rnd 2 - Australian Universities 38 defeated Scotland Students 10
Rnd 2 - Wales Students 7 defeated Samoa Students 6

Rnd 3 - Australian Universities 32 defeated Papua New Guinea Students 0
Rnd 3 - Tonga Students 56 defeated Scotland Students 12
Rnd 3 - New Zealand Universities 38 defeated Fiji Students 20
Rnd 3 - Wales Students 38 defeated Ireland Students 10
Rnd 3 - England Students 24 drew with Samoa Students 24

CUP QUARTER FINALS:
Tonga Students 44 defeated England Students 20
New Zealand Universities 24 defeated Scotland Students 18
Wales Students 57 defeated Fiji Students 20
Australian Universities 74 defeated Samoa Students 14

CUP SEMI FINALS:
Tonga Students 34 defeated New Zealand Universities 16
Australian Universities 35 defeated Wales Students 7

CUP FINAL:
Australian Universities 32 defeated Tonga Students 0

WORLD CUP RANKINGS:
1. Australia
2. Tonga
3. New Zealand
4. Wales
5. Scotland
6. England
7. Fiji
8. Samoa
9. Papua New Guinea
10. Ireland

1996[edit]

The Halifax Student Rugby League 1996 World Cup in England again saw an increase in the number of teams taking part, but unfortunately for the home nations, still no home success. Japan entered the rugby league world stage for the first time, and the USA carried on the good work of their senior side in 1995, by not only participating, but beating the Irish. France proved to be the most successful of the European teams.[2] Australian Rugby League sent to England a senior referee on tour for the first time selected from the Australian Referees State Associations (Mr Reginald Banush) who referee a final between the best players selected from all the competing nations, to play in a game : Northern Hemisphere verses Southern Hemisphere. This game was played under the EU flag of nations to show support to the "good will of sport", this game was played with a very high quality of skill by the selected players from both sides

GROUP GAMES:
Rnd 1 - France Students 29 defeated England Students 2
Rnd 1 - Scotland Students 90 defeated Japan Students 4
Rnd 1 - Samoa Students 16 defeated New Zealand Universities 4
Rnd 1 - Russia Students 57 defeated South Africa Students 30
Rnd 1 - Australian Universities 50 defeated Wales Students 4
Rnd 1 - USA Students 22 defeated Ireland Students 20

Rnd 2 - Scotland Students 10 defeated England Students 4
Rnd 2 - France Students 76 defeated Japan Students 0
Rnd 2 - New Zealand Universities 62 defeated USA Students 10
Rnd 2 - Samoa Students 42 defeated Ireland Students 16
Rnd 2 - Australian Universities 68 defeated South Africa Students 12
Rnd 2 - Russian Students 12 defeated Wales Students 8

Rnd 3 - Samoa Students 82 defeated USA Students 6
Rnd 3 - France Students 36 defeated Scotland Students 2
Rnd 3 - New Zealand Universities 66 defeated Ireland Students 0
Rnd 3 - England Students 76 defeated Japan Students 18
Rnd 3 - Australian Universities 52 defeated Russia Students 5
Rnd 3 - South Africa Students 30 defeated Wales Students 28


BOWL SEMI FINALS:
South Africa Students 44 defeated Scotland Students 16
England Students 32 defeated Russian Students 18

BOWL PLAY OFF:
Russian Students 26 defeated Scotland Students 20

BOWL FINAL:
South Africa Students 22 defeated England Students 20

PLATE SEMI FINALS:
Wales Students 42 defeated USA Students 18
Ireland Students 66 defeated Japan Students 10

PLATE PLAY OFF:
USA Students 54 defeated Japan Students 10

PLATE FINAL:
Wales Students 20 defeated Ireland Students 12

CUP SEMI FINALS:
Samoa Students 28 defeated France Students 22
Australian Universities 26 defeated New Zealand Universities 6

CUP PLAY OFF:
New Zealand Universities 22 defeated France Students 20

CUP FINAL:
Australian Universities 38 defeated Samoa Students 16

WORLD CUP RANKINGS:
1. Australia
2. Samoa
3. New Zealand
4. France
5. Wales
6. Ireland
7. USA
8. Japan
9. South Africa
10. England
11. Russia
12. Scotland

1999[edit]

The Independent Student Rugby League World Cup 1999 was a memorable fortnight of tremendous action and excitement. Many treasured and lasting memories will have been made of the event, won impressively by New Zealand, but contributed enormously to by all who take part.[2]

GROUP A GAMES:
3 Oct - Russian Students 50 defeated Japan Students 8
6 Oct - France Students 27 defeated Russian Students 10
9 Oct - France Students 62 defeated Japan Students 14

GROUP B GAMES:
3 Oct - Wales Students 72 defeated Canadian Students 12
6 Oct - New Zealand Universities 88 defeated Canadian Students 0
9 Oct - New Zealand Universities 46 defeated Wales Students 10

GROUP C GAMES:
3 Oct - Scotland Students 26 drew with South Africa Students 16
6 Oct - England Students 34 defeated South Africa Students 18
9 Oct - England Students 20 defeated Scotland Students 4

GROUP D GAMES:
3 Oct - Ireland Students 50 defeated USA Students 0
6 Oct - Australian Universities 74 defeated USA Students 2
9 Oct - Australian Universities 40 defeated Ireland Students 10

PLATE SEMI FINALS:
Scotland Students 70 defeated Japan Students 10
Canadian Students 16 defeated USA Students 12

PLATE PLAY OFF:
USA Students 46 defeated Japan Students 16

PLATE FINAL:
Scotland Students 26 defeated Canadian Students 16

BOWL SEMI FINALS:
Russian Students 22 defeated South Africa Students 10
Ireland Students 26 defeated Wales Students 16

BOWL PLAY OFF:
Wales Students 26 defeated South Africa Students 24

BOWL FINAL:
Russian Students 25 defeated Ireland Students 24

CUP SEMI FINALS:
England Students 10 defeated France Students 7
New Zealand Universities 25 defeated Australian Universities 14

CUP PLAY OFF:
Australian Universities 78 defeated France Students 0

CUP FINAL:
New Zealand Universities 46 defeated England Students 16


WORLD CUP RANKINGS:
1. New Zealand
2. England
3. Australia
4. France
5. Russia
6. Ireland
7. Wales
8. South Africa
9. Scotland
10. Canada
11. USA
12. Japan

2005[edit]

GROUP A GAMES:
2 July - Australian Universities 66 defeated Scotland Students 4
2 July - New Zealand Universities 46 defeated Wales Students 0
6 July - Australian Universities 32 defeated New Zealand Universities 14
6 July - Wales Students 31 defeated Scotland Students 16
10 July - Australian Universities 74 defeated Wales Students 6
10 July - New Zealand Universities 70 defeated Scotland Students 4

GROUP B GAMES:
4 July - England Students 35 defeated France Students 18
4 July - Pacific Islanders 48 defeated Ireland Students 46
6 July - England Students 26 defeated Ireland Students 4
6 July - France Students 28 defeated Pacific Islanders 6
10 July - England Students 30 defeated Pacific Islanders 24
10 July - France Students 82 defeated Ireland Students 18

SHIELD SEMI FINALS:
12 July - Wales Students 25 defeated Ireland Students 10
12 July - Pacific Islands 30 defeated Scotland Students 16

SHIELD THIRD V FOURTH FINAL:
15 July - Scotland Students 13 defeated Ireland Students 4

SHIELD FINAL:
15 July - Pacific Islands 74 defeated Wales Students 18

CUP SEMI FINALS:
13 July - Australian Universities 20 defeated France Students 0
13 July - New Zealand Universities 34 defeated England Students 8

CUP THIRD V FOURTH FINAL:
16 July - France Students 31 defeated England Students 12

CUP FINAL:
17 July - Australian Universities 8 lost to New Zealand Universities 17

WORLD CUP RANKINGS:
1. New Zealand
2. Australia
3. France
4. England
5. Pacific Islands
6. Wales
7. Scotland
8. Ireland

2008[edit]

Eight teams participated in the 2008 Tertiary Student Rugby League World Cup in Australia.
The tournament was won by Australia, who defeated England in the final. Greece won the pool competition.

Pool A Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
Australia Australia 3 3 0 0 136 0 136 6
England England 3 2 0 1 54 44 10 4
Greece Greece 3 1 0 2 34 76 -42 2
Scotland Scotland 3 0 0 3 0 104 -104 0
Pool B Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
New Zealand New Zealand 3 3 0 0 82 30 52 6
Wales Wales 3 2 0 1 84 46 38 4
France France 3 1 0 2 27 66 -39 2
Ireland Ireland 3 0 0 3 24 75 -51 0

Plate Semi Finals


15 July 2008
Greece Students 28-10 Ireland Students

15 July 2008
France Students 34-4 Scotland Students

Seventh Play Off


19 July 2008
Ireland Students 22-18 Scotland Students

Plate Final


19 July 2008
Greece Students 14-12 France Students

Cup Semi Finals


16 July 2008
Australia Students 26-10 Wales Students

16 July 2008
England Students 30-22 New Zealand Students

Third Play Off


19 July 2008
New Zealand Students 24-18 Wales Students

Cup Final


19 July
Australia Students 26-16 England Students

Records[edit]

Biggest Win:
1996 Scotland Students 90 defeated Japan Students 4
1999 New Zealand Universities 88 defeated Canadian Students 0
1996 Samoa Students 82 defeated USA Students 6
1996 France Students 76 defeated Japan Students 0
1999 Australian Universities 74 defeated USA Students 2

Tournament Wins:
1986 New Zealand
1989 Australia
1992 Australia
1996 Australia
1999 New Zealand
2005 New Zealand
2008 Australia

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "World Cup History". Australian Universities Rugby League. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Neil Wood (30 August 2008). "Student World Cup History". Wales Rugby League. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  3. ^ a b c d "1986 Tertiary Student Rugby League World Cup". Australian Universities Rugby League. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 

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