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Australia appears to have a seamless ride to the championship

With the 2008 Rugby League World Cup about to begin, nine teams will be vying to restrain heavily favored Australia from winning its seventh straight title.

Updated: October 23, 2008, 8:35 PM ET
By Peter Lion | ESPN.com

The 2008 Rugby League World Cup gets under way in Australia on Saturday, Oct. 25, and ESPN360 is the only place you'll be able to watch all the games in the United States.

Before the tournament's kickoff, here's a breakdown of everything you'll need to know to get you midfield seats to what Rugby League has to offer.

The tournament

There have been 12 erratically scheduled RLWCs since its inception back in 1954. The most recent one came in 2000, when Australia took ...

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