I have to admit when the games for west Cumbria were first announced I wasn't too fussed about them but as we get nearer to the competition I am starting to get rather excited at seeing some of the great players playing at Derwent Park.
I remember the Samoa versus Maori's game at DP on a wet night in the 2000 World Cup and what a great evenings entertainment those two teams gave us and a crowd of 4,107. Neither side were ever in with a shout of winning the World Cup but on the night you would have thought they were playing the final there and then.
Looking at the Tongan and Italy teams that will be playing here there are some great names in their squads. For Tongan there is Ephrame Lauaki; Sam Moa; Lopini Paea, Fonua (Melbourne Storm player); Sika Manu, Anthony Tupou and in the Italy squad there is Anthony Laffranchi (St Helens); Anthony Minichiello; Craig Gower, etc.
I am as English as they come but for those two nights I will be Scottish and the many star players that they can muster along with, maybe, lads from our own west Cumbrian teams.
Bring it on.