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Which is the biggest rugby league club in Sydney?

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No matter where you travel if you come from Wigan and perhaps St Helens and meet someone who has heard of or been to those two towns,they will say RUGBY LEAGUE.Thats what makes Wigan or Saints the two most famous RL clubs including those in OZ imo

I bet there are plenty of people in this country who know nothing about RL but have heard of the town purely because of the RL team.

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I bet there are plenty of people in this country who know nothing about RL but have heard of the town purely because of the RL team.

Thats what I mean.It can never be Leeds above Wigan or Saints for obvious reasons.

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Wigan Athletic are in the Premier League.

If people in rural China have heard of Wigan - which they now will have done - it will be because of soccer.

Of course, they might think it's next to the fictional town of West Bromwich but what can you do?

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Wigan Athletic are in the Premier League.

If people in rural China have heard of Wigan - which they now will have done - it will be because of soccer.

Of course, they might think it's next to the fictional town of West Bromwich but what can you do?

The soccer fans who watch the fa prem over here have heard of the latics,but they say "oh no its Wigan this week"and some of them say "Wigan is mainly rugby, right?"

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Wigan Athletic are in the Premier League.

If people in rural China have heard of Wigan - which they now will have done - it will be because of soccer.

Of course, they might think it's next to the fictional town of West Bromwich but what can you do?

Those same Chinese people may never have even heard of Sydney.

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An Aussie once tried to tell me St George were the most famous RL team in the world. I asked him if he'd ever heard of Wigan?

Did he say "once about 20 years ago"

:)

In Saint Georges case

about 50 years ago.

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Parramatta are the sleeping Giant, its only their lack of success on the field that that has kept them down.

When Parra are travelling well the League is in good shape both with home and away support.

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Wigan Athletic are in the Premier League.

If people in rural China have heard of Wigan - which they now will have done - it will be because of soccer.

Of course, they might think it's next to the fictional town of West Bromwich but what can you do?

As someone who doesn't live in England and follows both Rugby league & the Premier league, I know Wigan more for their Rugby League team as to their Football/Soccer team, pretty much always been a Rugby town hasn't it, Wigan Athletic attendances are usually woeful, I think they're the biggest Rugby League team in England but to say the biggest in the world like some above have suggested is quite the stretch.

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Did he say "once about 20 years ago"

:)

In Saint Georges case

about 50 years ago.

Dally formerly of this parish is a big St George fan

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As someone who doesn't live in England and follows both Rugby league & the Premier league, I know Wigan more for their Rugby League team as to their Football/Soccer team, pretty much always been a Rugby town hasn't it, Wigan Athletic attendances are usually woeful, I think they're the biggest Rugby League team in England but to say the biggest in the world like some above have suggested is quite the stretch.

When I said biggest,I meant most well known!which also means famous.

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Wigan Athletic attendances are usually woeful,

By average and total they were ahead of the Pies last season, I believe.

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By average and total they were ahead of the Pies last season, I believe.

I think you're right but it is gratifying, for example, to see Wigan v Warrington last season draw a higher attendance than Wigan Athletic v Manchester United. I can think of no rugby union stronghold in this country which would see the rugby club draw a higher attendance than the neighbouring football club's hosting of one of the sporting world's behemoths.

The drawing power of United is so great that they have, I believe, sold out Sydney's Olympic Stadium for a friendly to be played before next season... if only the great Sydney rugby league clubs could garner such attendances.

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By average and total they were ahead of the Pies last season, I believe.

Yes they are,and they are playing in the FA premiership,so there must be something wrong if they weren't getting larger crowdsthan WIGAN, more is the pity.What I am saying is Latics will have to have quite a few generations of premiership soccer before they can call themselves the top club in the town and a soccer town at that.Before 1963 Leeds was always referred to as a rugby league city even though Leeds united usually averaged larger attendances than Leeds RL,and Hunslet and Bramley.Since the 60s Leeds is always referred to as a soccer city inspite of the Rhino's SL success's,and stiil getting larger crowds with a poor side.Wigan in my opinion is the most famous RL club and probably in world Rugby

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I think you're right but it is gratifying, for example, to see Wigan v Warrington last season draw a higher attendance than Wigan Athletic v Manchester United. I can think of no rugby union stronghold in this country which would see the rugby club draw a higher attendance than the neighbouring football club's hosting of one of the sporting world's behemoths.

The drawing power of United is so great that they have, I believe, sold out Sydney's Olympic Stadium for a friendly to be played before next season... if only the great Sydney rugby league clubs could garner such attendances.

That's all true and I was genuinely pleased by the Wigan-Warrington crowd size.

I did a survey last year and the finding was that every Super League team that 'shared' a city was outdrawn by its nearest professional soccer team.

I genuinely don't understand why fans turn up for friendlies just to see some squad players in a shirt that looks familiar but each to their own.

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Those same Chinese people may never have even heard of Sydney.

Or Australia.

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