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England to play Italy in historic first international


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#41 gingerjon

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 06:46 AM

The venue is a shocking choice.
 
The venue is trying to sell tickets for Scotland v USA - why on earth would anybody go to that over England v Italy.
 
Often feels like 1 step forwards, 2 steps back.


Is it not quite a good idea to have an England match at the stadium at which you can then promote the non-England match?
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Posted 04 July 2013 - 07:05 AM

Is it not quite a good idea to have an England match at the stadium at which you can then promote the non-England match?

Good theory. Not sure I agree though, think fans will just pick and choose rather than attend both personally.

Would have been nice to see a non-host take it like South Yorkshire (who have been ignored this WC).
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#43 Dave T

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 07:31 AM

Is it not quite a good idea to have an England match at the stadium at which you can then promote the non-England match?

Maybe that's the approach, in reality, they will probably end up with 7k for England and 5k for Sctoland.

 

I hope I'm wrong.



#44 gingerjon

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 07:56 AM

Good theory. Not sure I agree though, think fans will just pick and choose rather than attend both personally.

Would have been nice to see a non-host take it like South Yorkshire (who have been ignored this WC).

 
 

Maybe that's the approach, in reality, they will probably end up with 7k for England and 5k for Sctoland.
 
I hope I'm wrong.


Scotland v USA can't be the easiest game to sell and Salford not the easiest ground to sell to neutrals. Maybe a voucher for a deal for anybody who goes to the England match?
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#45 colin84hunter

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 09:04 AM

They will do a deal, buy the England warm up game and get the Scotland game half price, the venues in the WC that have two fixtures are doing something like this



#46 winnyason

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 11:08 AM

I cannot agree cedars should have been there, Italy has a lot of potential they have around 30 clubs playing game.

#47 The Big Gun

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 11:41 AM

If England play a full strength team and put in 100% effort (unlikely) then they should beat the Italians fairly comfortably. However, it won't be a complete walk over and thus I think it should serve as better preparation than playing anyone other than Aus, NZ, France and maybe Samoa or Tonga. Add in the fact that it's the first match between these two conuntries and I have to say that I'm fully behind this fixture.



#48 Yakstorm

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 11:59 AM

Considering they did deals around the Exiles match for both the Opener and the England v Ireland clash, I'm sure they'll try and do some incentive to encourage those who go to England v Italy to turn either at Salford again or at some other match. Honestly I think they should pretty much sell the England v Italy tickets as 2 game tickets including Scotland v USA anyway.

 

It would be great for the tournament if games like Scotland v USA are played in front of near full stadiums, and honestly in my opinion a little bit of subsidizing to get people out to some of the harder sells is not a bad thing.


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#49 deluded pom?

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 04:19 PM

What's the parking like at Salford.

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#50 John Drake

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 04:30 PM

I was quite excited by the news of this game.

 

Then I read this thread. :(


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Posted 04 July 2013 - 05:35 PM

I was quite excited by the news of this game.

 

Then I read this thread. :(

 

Chin up John. Don't let them dampen your enthusiasm for the fixture.

 

Be great for England to play someone different.



#52 Lobbygobbler

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 06:11 PM

Should have been played where most UK based Italians live FFS

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 06:17 PM

Should have been played where most UK based Italians live FFS

 

Bedford? Peterborough?



#54 gingerjon

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 06:50 PM

Bedford? Peterborough?

 

London then Manchester according to wiki.

 

So it was either the Stoop or Salford.

 

Stupid RFL.


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#55 The Big Gun

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 06:51 PM

London then Manchester according to wiki.

 

So it was either the Stoop or Salford.

 

Stupid RFL.

By Lobby's logic every international should be played in London.



#56 gingerjon

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 06:53 PM

By Lobby's logic every international should be played in London.

 

Under the 5m rule.


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#57 South Wakefield Sharks

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 07:00 PM

Isn't this game primarily to give England a run out before the serious stuff starts? Not sure why people are bothered about the attendance, or stacking it up to suit Italy.

 

It'll give England a run out of the week build up to a match, then getting from the base to the match and back. Try to make it as real as possible to the RLWC2013 experience.



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Posted 04 July 2013 - 07:23 PM

italy are gonna have a decent team for the world cup....this is a potential banana skin for england especially if they don't take italy seriously..

should be a good game

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#59 South Wakefield Sharks

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 07:31 PM

italy are gonna have a decent team for the world cup....this is a potential banana skin for england especially if they don't take italy seriously..

should be a good game

 

We'll be in big trouble if we don't take Italy seriously. If England aren't "in the zone" by then, it's gonna be a long World Cup!



#60 Odsal Outlaw

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 09:09 PM

Always like seeing new nations, think its a good idea for a warm up. You could argue that it should be played outside the country so as not to detract from WC, but main thing is we have a game ahead of the opener. Good on the RFL!
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