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Opening Ceremony itself - 'Blanked' by the BBC

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Really enjoyed the Ceremony, full of surprises, did the RLWC proud, pity about the BBC coverage but got a good glimpse on the 10 o'clock news. The rock boy band, the girls string band, the Strictly dancers, Getting Jones, Gareth Thomas, the Light show, the pyrotechnics, the dancers and acrobat, the Trophy itself, the Welsh First Minister, and the 1000? kids. Brilliant. And the Millennium Stadium so much better than Wembley. Now for Craven Park and the nationwide spread of games. Bring it on...Premier Sports!

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I'd have liked to have gone, but it's a five hour drive from Leeds. I also looked at staying Friday at my daughters at Salisbury and getting the train to Cardiff, the last time I travelled to my daughter's be train, in July, the train I caught to Bristol from Salisbury terminated at Cardiff, but for some reason not on Saturday October 26th.

No, the Severn rail tunnel is closed. There is a bus link around it included in the ticket

Some people will find any excuse not to go. That is why the media treat Rugby as a joke and can you really blame them.

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No, the Severn rail tunnel is closed. There is a bus link around it included in the ticket

Some people will find any excuse not to go. That is why the media treat Rugby as a joke and can you really blame them.

That's unfair

Nobody has to justify themselves and people have priorities

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I'd have liked to have gone, but it's a five hour drive from Leeds.

Really? 3 and a half hours each way from ripon (26 miles north of leeds) to newport, then 15 mins on the train for us today

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The difference between those who came to the game and the miserable gits who didn't

 

 

The problem with Rugby League is it's supporters,(well some of them)always critical of anything tried and often lacking in their support of the game.Never would you find some of the comments on here on a Union Board.

Rugby League is the best of all team  games but poorly supported.Last night you were treated to a great game and opening ceremony.What else do you guys need  to get you out of your apathy?

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The problem with Rugby League is it's supporters,(well some of them)always critical of anything tried and often lacking in their support of the game.Never would you find some of the comments on here on a Union Board.

Rugby League is the best of all team  games but poorly supported.Last night you were treated to a great game and opening ceremony.What else do you guys need  to get you out of your apathy?

Agreed on the first point, but "poorly supported" should read "poorly supported at international level". :)

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You pay for what you get.

The ceremony was what it represented RUGBY LEAGUE

All classes of people not some stage managed experience.

The stadium help to make the occasion.

Stop moaning and attend.

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Should have had that bloke from Wheeltappers & Shunters club with the massive flat cap ringing that bell and announcing 'Rugby league cup is starting now. ..bingo is in the best room'

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I thought the opening ceremony was great!  One of the best bits was Gareth Thomas' try.  That got a fantastic reception as it was done really, really well.  The harpest was terrific, the rock band fun, the electronic string group fantastic, the 1000 school children dancing did a great job, the balloons and pyrotechnics were very effective and the closed roof at a fabulous stadium really made the place rock. 

 

And people did in fact join in.  Those who were there were incredibly supportive.

 

Even though results didn't go the way of England (and they should have) and Wales (so close until the final 10 minutes), the whole day was incredible and I am now absolutely knackered having only got home at midnight.  It was a four hour journey for those of us in St Helens so anyone complaining of an extra hour really doesn't have a leg to stand on!

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I must admit I don't get dancing and at the start with what I took to be a load of dancers doing a sort of choreographed rugby league I was left cold.

From then on it got better and better.

The stewards were friendly and kept it light even saying "hope you enjoyed yourselves (without irony) as we left.

First class experience. Well done RFL.

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Anyone see the fella who nicked the microphone off Stevo to then lead a rendition of my my my Delilah? Brilliant. Stevo had a bit of a strop, stormed off in front of us, although to be fair, stopped and had his picture taken with the royal navy rl lads!

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Anyone see the fella who nicked the microphone off Stevo to then lead a rendition of my my my Delilah? Brilliant. Stevo had a bit of a strop, stormed off in front of us, although to be fair, stopped and had his picture taken with the royal navy rl lads!

I thought that was funny and the crowd really joined in with the singalong.

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Anyone see the fella who nicked the microphone off Stevo to then lead a rendition of my my my Delilah? Brilliant. Stevo had a bit of a strop, stormed off in front of us, although to be fair, stopped and had his picture taken with the royal navy rl lads!

hmm I suspect Stevo would make a great pantomime villain. Those boys could sing though

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That's unfair

Nobody has to justify themselves and people have priorities

No it's not. If people don't want to go that's fine with me. Just keep quiet

I'm just not happy with people airing non valid reasons not to go.. Don't blame the trains and pretend it's not your fault..

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I watched the whole BBC broadcast and it sounds like I would have liked to have watched that. But I couldn't.

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You are danny Boyle and I claim my five pounds

For crying out loud man this is supposed to be the biggest competition in the sport:the ultimate coming together of the rugby league family it's supposed to be a celebration

Rubbish, no change there then.

Rugby League family :)

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No, the Severn rail tunnel is closed. There is a bus link around it included in the ticket

Some people will find any excuse not to go. That is why the media treat Rugby as a joke and can you really blame them.

Listen matey, I'm 67 years old and basically not up to driving 5 hours, watching rugby and 5 hours back. The journey I planned would have involved a four hour drive to Salisbury, an overnight, and then a train trip to Cardiff and back, but when I checked the website it involved three changes both ways and I decided against it.

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Please let's not turn this thread into an argument over who should and shouldn't have gone to the event in person.

 

Stick to the thread subject which is about whether or not the BBC should have included the opening ceremony in their live broadcast or not.

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I was there, it was a very good opening ceremony and anyone that shuts Stevo up gets my cash.

 

Very professional, the budget was £0, the time dedicated to it was spot on, any more and I would have had another pint elsewhere.

 

The main event was Eng v Aus, and it didn't disappoint, largest opening day crowd for a RLWC, as high as a third of species new to the game not from the 'heartlands'.

 

JP said it was a gamble, and I think it actually worked

 

We are seen as a national sport, it was befitting of a national sport, and the Welsh got a decent crowd as I don't think too many people actually left before the second game

 

The Italians are going bonkers over this in their national press, I think Minichello is going to end up president.

 

It was a bit flat in the stadium, but then I always find the Millennium a poor stadium to watch anything in, no where near as good as Wembley. My opinion for what its worth.

 

All the pool matches are sold out or close to it.

 

The final and the semi's are selling really well and the final is on its way to a sell out.

 

Its already in terms of raising profile and the number of tickets sold the biggest RLWC ever.

 

What's not to like people?

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I thought the opening ceremony was great!  One of the best bits was Gareth Thomas' try.  That got a fantastic reception as it was done really, really well.  The harpest was terrific, the rock band fun, the electronic string group fantastic, the 1000 school children dancing did a great job, the balloons and pyrotechnics were very effective and the closed roof at a fabulous stadium really made the place rock. 

 

And people did in fact join in.  Those who were there were incredibly supportive.

 

Even though results didn't go the way of England (and they should have) and Wales (so close until the final 10 minutes), the whole day was incredible and I am now absolutely knackered having only got home at midnight.  It was a four hour journey for those of us in St Helens so anyone complaining of an extra hour really doesn't have a leg to stand on!

The Leeds Rhinos coaches got back to Headingley at 11:30, so it seems the journey to Leeds was even quicker!

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I watched the whole BBC broadcast and it sounds like I would have liked to have watched that. But I couldn't.

You could have got Premier Sports... :P

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You could have got Premier Sports... :P

 

They pretty much ignored it too.

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The Leeds Rhinos coaches got back to Headingley at 11:30, so it seems the journey to Leeds was even quicker!

we only travelled back to Bromsgrove and took us till 10;40 before we arrived back... didn't help that we tried to go via m50 to reach the m5 and found it shut with a detour all the way back to monmouth  then some back roads to Gloucester to join the M5... as for opening ceremony it was superb .. as an aside what odds could you get on this in a stadium with approx 80,000 seats that our prop foward found himself sat in the seat behind one of the lads from Telford Raiders who in our games with them this season has ended up with them both in fisticuffs.

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i went and i thought the show was brilliant, the atmosphere was great something you can't pick up on tv, i never usually bother getting in early for games but i am glad i did for this it will be a memory i will treasure.

oh and it took from 8 until 12.30 to get there and 7 until 11.15 to get back but i wouldn't have missed it for the world.

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