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Think this World Cup will be very good for the game here in Ireland. When I try and get people to watch rugby league they just say 'ah, I never watch that'. It's not that they do watch it and dont like it. Once there is greater publicity and awareness of the sport I think there will be many more supporters, players and teams as a result. Not sure about the Australia game though; yes there is a chance to watch some of the worlds best but a 40/50 + hammering mightn't be the best advert.

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Think this World Cup will be very good for the game here in Ireland. When I try and get people to watch rugby league they just say 'ah, I never watch that'. It's not that they do watch it and dont like it. Once there is greater publicity and awareness of the sport I think there will be many more supporters, players and teams as a result. Not sure about the Australia game though; yes there is a chance to watch some of the worlds best but a 40/50 + hammering mightn't be the best advert.

Yes its a tricky one to balance.

Hopefully I will be at this game too.

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Think this World Cup will be very good for the game here in Ireland. When I try and get people to watch rugby league they just say 'ah, I never watch that'. It's not that they do watch it and dont like it. Once there is greater publicity and awareness of the sport I think there will be many more supporters, players and teams as a result. Not sure about the Australia game though; yes there is a chance to watch some of the worlds best but a 40/50 + hammering mightn't be the best advert.

if it's only a 40/50 + hammering i reckon ireland would be happy !!!

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The encouraging aspect for the tournament now is that after the first day sales and the successful early bird promotion the tournament has reached a nice base to build on over the next year.

Every game that has been on sale since the start (which is most of them) has moved an encouraging number of tickets which will make it easier to encourage additional sales simply for the fact people are now locked in to go.

It's great seeing at venues like Millenium, Old Trafford & Wembley that certain bays are now sold out, and even for games like England v Fiji, Fiji v Ireland, England v Ireland, Tonga v Italy certain bays are already full. Even the unknown entity that is Ireland v Australia in Limerick has moved over 1,000 seats.

We just need to the event to keep trickling through until the Super League season kick off where naturally it will get a lift once Rugby League is a core focus. Hopefully the RFL has their grass writers ready to put RLWC promos on every Super League & Championship ground this season just to keep getting the message out there to all the people who watch the sport, or catch highlights.

That's great news all around. Just wondering about games in France. Have they started selling yet?

And wonder if people are buying RLWC tickets to give as christmas pressies to loved ones too?

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France isn't on sale yet which is surprising, but that said the two French games will possibly be two of the easier games to sell in the whole tournament.

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Surely you guys are not coming to the final from the MIDLANDS are you. Whatever next ? No seriously, it shows the geographical attraction of the game in this day and age. Have a great day out.

Midlands is the new Wigan!!

50 tickets bought for Derby City yesterday. :)

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Midlands is the new Wigan!!

50 tickets bought for Derby City yesterday. :)

I'm glad to hear that Coventry will be winning the Challenge Cup 6 years in a row and then jetting out to Brisbane to beat the Broncos in their own back yard :)

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I'm glad to hear that Coventry will be winning the Challenge Cup 6 years in a row and then jetting out to Brisbane to beat the Broncos in their own back yard :)

Patience my friend, patience.

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France isn't on sale yet which is surprising, but that said the two French games will possibly be two of the easier games to sell in the whole tournament.

I'd like to think that both will sell out. I know Avignon put out a lot of freebies for England last year but 17,000 was a more than decent response. The local SOA are on the rise and there's a good feel for the game up in Vaucluse these days. With the World Champions NZ there it should be doable with the new Federations President Carlos Zalduendo leading the charge. Surely Stade Brutus in Perpignan for Samoa must be sold out at just 12,000. Nice to see them hit 30,000 though wouldn't it.

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I called the RFL a few days ago to buy an Xmas present for the old man. I asked what hospitality packages for the world cup final they had available as I wanted to make it a little bit special (something like club wembley.) All I was told was that they'd have to ask Paul when he got in after the holidays as no one knew.

Less than a year out and things like that aren't even organised, an utter shambles but why should I be surprised with the muppets at the top running the game into the ground. The rah rah are already promoting their World Cup in 2015, do you think that less than a year out they wouldn't have the corporate side organised? That is the difference between the two sports. I pray for a successful World Cup but I'm also a realist.

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I called the RFL a few days ago to buy an Xmas present for the old man. I asked what hospitality packages for the world cup final they had available as I wanted to make it a little bit special (something like club wembley.) All I was told was that they'd have to ask Paul when he got in after the holidays as no one knew.

Less than a year out and things like that aren't even organised, an utter shambles but why should I be surprised with the muppets at the top running the game into the ground. The rah rah are already promoting their World Cup in 2015, do you think that less than a year out they wouldn't have the corporate side organised? That is the difference between the two sports. I pray for a successful World Cup but I'm also a realist.

Yep - I must admit this is my big frustration so far with this tournament. There have been so many positives, but there are still some basics that are not quite there yet.

I've put my name down for hospitality, but at the moment I am buying tickets for games, so tbh they could quite easily be losing money from me.

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I'll bow to others knowledge in the corporate area but in Dec 1999, to have sold so many tickets and as much promotion for the 2000 WC, would have seemed like dreamland.

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Going from completly inept to slightly inept shouldn't be the bench mark we expect from people our sport pays huge salaries too. By now even the RFL should realise that sport is a business, the fans no matter how fickle are also the most loyal and will always come no matter what.

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Looking at the website it would apperar that the area on sale is very restricted

https://www.eticketing.co.uk/rlwc/details/event.aspx?itemref=9325

Still I got my ticket for the final as the offer of a free RLWC beanie was too much to resist and along with my Stobart Super League Model truck getting this before Xmas provoked Gangnam style celebrations in the Rooster household.

That said it's the only tickets I have got so far, I will go to the game at Bristol between the USA and the Cook Islands which should be an even championship style encounter and will be buying a Wembley ticket for when the serious stuff starts at Semi-Final stage.

And that's one of two main problems for the RLWC.

Firstly all games involving the "big 3" nations prior to the semi-finals are basically placing games where the result is not in serous doubt and as our Irish poster in this thread has pointed out a clobbering from the Kangaroos for the Irish XIII at Thomond Park will not be getting too many munstermen and women hooked on the game.

The second point being , I suppose we are all waiting for the freebies, Perhaps a signed Kevin Sinfield England shirt for anyone attending New Zealand v PNG at Headingley or maybe just waiting for the £ 5 a ticket final offer in The Manchester Evening News as in 2000. One reason why Union WC tickets go faster than league is that perhaps unlike league the fan base has not been conditioned to expect something for nothing.

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The second point being , I suppose we are all waiting for the freebies, Perhaps a signed Kevin Sinfield England shirt for anyone attending New Zealand v PNG at Headingley or maybe just waiting for the £ 5 a ticket final offer in The Manchester Evening News as in 2000. One reason why Union WC tickets go faster than league is that perhaps unlike league the fan base has not been conditioned to expect something for nothing.
Or that their fanbase does not largely comprise of insular, negative moaning idiots who are more excited about the possibility of failure and an opportunity to put the sport down rather than supporting a major event.

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Bought four tickets for the final on the 21st Dec and was told they would arrive at least one week before the final - I hope so !!

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Here's a good idea: why don't they release the kick-off times??

I've bought tickets for (iirc) 4 matches. But I can't buy any tickets for midweek matches, or Sunday matches, or matches in Northern England because they haven't released the damn times.

Some people will be looking at train times, hotels, work times etc so even though the RFL have clearly improved I think the fact that there are no times out is a little bit shambolic.

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Here's a good idea: why don't they release the kick-off times??

I've bought tickets for (iirc) 4 matches. But I can't buy any tickets for midweek matches, or Sunday matches, or matches in Northern England because they haven't released the damn times.

Some people will be looking at train times, hotels, work times etc so even though the RFL have clearly improved I think the fact that there are no times out is a little bit shambolic.

Or the fact that they don't want to announce a bunch of times only to have to change them when the broadcast deal is finalized.

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Here's a good idea: why don't they release the kick-off times??

I've bought tickets for (iirc) 4 matches. But I can't buy any tickets for midweek matches, or Sunday matches, or matches in Northern England because they haven't released the damn times.

Decent bet that midweek games will be evening kick offs mate.

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Decent bet that midweek games will be evening kick offs mate.

Aye, I'm working on the assumption of 20:00 for midweek matches

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Just spoken to Chris in the RLWC2013 office and he says they're hoping for them to be sorted by the end of January, a TV deal must be imminent...

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I am really excited about this - got 2 tickets for the opening ceremony, semi's and final for Christmas. Plan on going to at least another 4/5 games, including Bristol.

Funny thing though, when I've asked non Rugby following mates/family if they want to go with me, as soon as they hear it is a 'World Cup' game, they are interested. They don't give two figs about P&R, the RFL or RL in general, they just want to go to an 'event'.

Each and everyone has said "£20 - that's bloody cheap". I swear it's only (hopefully only a vocal minority) of RL Fans who would bemoan an event like this and complain about ticket prices. With the reaction I've had about the WC, I would be surprised if there are many empty seats - and there is still 9 months to go.

Bring it on!

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Spot on Gruff, this is RL's big opportunity to introduce itself to a sports mad British public which is largely ignorant of the game. The olympics show that people will turn out in large numbers to watch sports they are unfamiliar with, in order to be part of an event. If most fans of RL buy a ticket for at least a couple of games and take some friends with them, that will go a long way towards creating the major event atmosphere. All RL clubs stand to benefit from having a greater potential fan base and from having youngsters who could become inspired to be the next Sam Tomkins or Ryan Hall.

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