In the 2008 RLWC, a total of 11 out of 18 games (61%) didn't attract crowds of that size. If they couldn't do it in Oz then why would it happen here ?
Are you saying that the ARL didn't market the event properly ?
Yes. There was insufficient publicity, despite the record of Australia previously being beaten by New Zealand in Tri Nations being a good marketing tool.
If you want to know what I regard as proper marketing, see the way the Australian Rugby Union marketed their World Cup in 2003. It was a brilliant job. Unfortunately the CEO of the ARL was and is a man named Geoff Carr, who lacks the intelligence and the will necessary to do the job even half as well as the ARU did. The 2008 rugby league World Cup was given a second rate promotion, and they counted on Queensland (where rugby league is a more powerful and unchallenged sport than in NSW), to carry the burden with limited marketing expenditures.