May was named the most influential player of the first round of this years six nations. He is an exceptional talent and has been playing well for us this season. I don't understand the criticism he gets when playing for England, usually from 'England' fans who don't watch the club game.
I grew up in the South East and had a rabid anti-RL attitude. I was also typical of the other people I played with and met as I grew up. My attitudes were not shaped by explicit indoctrination...but something a bit more powerful (I have come to realise)...inculcation. The half truths and myths about RL were constantly bandied about and repeated as truth....and it was rare I ever met anyone who contradicted this - and I certainly never read anything positive or heard anything positive about the sport other than the odd snippet that I would laugh off and deride with contempt.
There's a lot to be said for this
People who hate RL but have never seen it
People who don't read Stephen Jones et al yet bandy about the outdated RL stereotypes (2 counties and 2 states)
An ethos has been fostered which seems difficult to breakdown. A lot of people on Twitter who tweeted appreciation of the game started with "I don't normally like Rugby League but..."
Saturday was a great game, an 11 out of 10, but a lot of the things seen in that game can be seen week in week out. Yes we have some poor games but personally i think we get more than our fair share of crackers as this world cup has shown