The University/Tertiary Student 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 Rugby League.
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, lead to World Cup being created as a sweetener to help grow this particular level of the game.
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 popping up all the time.
Whilst 2008 certainly wont be the largest Tertiary Student Rugby League World Cup ever held, it will still play an important role in that particular level of our game and continue to give a platform for players and nations to strive for.
To find out more about any of the past tournaments, please click on the links below: