2008 Rugby League World Cup qualifying

2008 Rugby League World Cup Qualifying

2008 Rugby League World Cup qualifying

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There were ten places available in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, held in Australia.

Qualified teams

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6 teams qualified for the World Cup. 3 qualified automatically, with the top 2 in the Pacific qualifying group also reaching the finals. Samoa finished third in the Pacific qualifying group and earned a qualification spot by winning the repechage.
  • (automatic qualifier and host)
  • (automatic qualifier)
  • (automatic qualifier)
  • (Pacific qualifying group winners)
  • (Pacific qualifying group runners up)
  • (Repechage winners)

4 teams qualified for the World Cup. 2 qualified automatically, with a further 2 finals berths for the winner of each European qualifying group.
  • (automatic qualifier)
  • (automatic qualifier)
  • (Europe group 2 winners)
  • (Europe group 1 winners)

No teams from the Atlantic qualifying group reached the finals, with the USA losing at the repechage semi-final stage.

Regional qualifiers

Europe (Round 1)



Europe (Round 2)

Group 1

Scotland won 37-32 on aggregate

Group 2

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