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  1. Wow, wow, wow

    I have been watching international rugby league for over 50 years and never experienced anything remotely like the Tonga match. I would re-iterate what others have said about the Tonga fans before and after the game. They were so friendly and welcoming. My wife and I were totally surrounded by Tonga fans in the upper stand on the East side of the ground in the corner where Fifita nearly scored. Despite their disappointment many congratulated us on our win and there was no threat whatsoever. I’m pretty sure that fans of any sport in the UK would have taken it differently. It was an incredible experience but boy was that last minute tense. It took several minutes for my racing heart to settle down!
  2. Ticket sales looking very ropey for QFs

    You’re right that the Melbourne crowd was pathetic but the media coverage of rugby league in Melbourne is probably worse than the coverage we get in the UK. I’m over for the World Cup and my brother has shown me local papers in the few days leading up to the game. They are wall to wall AFL. The only coverage I saw of the England v PNG game was an advert.
  3. England Fans at Semi and Final

    Thanks Scubby that’s helpful. I’ll get side tickets and see how it goes. Cheers
  4. England Fans at Semi and Final

    Lucky beggar 😊
  5. I’m heading over from Melbourne to Auckland and Brisbane for the semi and final. I need to buy tickets for the two games and wondered if any of the fans over here could give me an indication where they will be seated so my wife and I can join with other England fans.
  6. Superb game. Great win for Saints and some tremendous performances from youngsters in a Wigan side lacking so many players.
  7. Another negative thread. One of the reasons I despair about this forum. There used to be constructive discussion instead of constant sniping. I guess this is rugby league but I think I'll look elsewhere for my RL fix.
  8. Rugby World Cup Trophy named

    It was previously called the Wardonia (or Ward) Cup in the 60's.
  9. A disgrace and terrible for the image of the game. Not sure who is responsible but the Kiwi was just running round the line encouraging defenders. Rarely used the water bottle.
  10. The newbies near to me seemed to enjoy it. Whenever there was something to clap or shout about they were keen to get involved. They loved it when the Canadian guy was taking his layers of England tops off and joined the It's a try" chorus. I was behind the posts where the Kiwis attacked in the first half and they were excited by England's goal line defence. It wasn't a good game by our standards but the newbies probably enjoyed it better than us. The stadium facilities are great, it's relatively easy to get in and out, Westfield has shops, restaurants, food hall and a couple of pubs on the doorstep so it's not all bad. I agree with the need to resurrect the band and the England supporter group is also a great idea. That could be built on as we approach the 2017 World Cup. For those that can afford to go, it would be great to be buying tickets as part of a supporter group regardless of whether you are travelling in an organised party or not. I think OP is far better than Wembley and will, hopefully, improve when West Ham mound it into a stadium more suited to football. My only complaint was with the tannoy system that was hopeless. We struggled to hear any of the announcements.
  11. Orange & yellow ?

    The New Zealand guy was on the pitch throughout the second half. Disgrace. When will rugby league get a grip of these guys.
  12. Burgess leaves Bath

    Brilliant news. England Rugby League getting stronger for 2016 Four Nations with, hopefully, Sam and George joining Tom in the squad.
  13. Colin Welland

    Superb salt of the earth journalist and a great man to listen to. RIP Colin.
  14. Mexican Wave

    Let's hope it's a better atmosphere at OC. The wave simply sends a message that the crowd is bored IMO.
  15. Convert Hunting

    Same again