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WC Celebration - Great Guardian Article

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Rugby League World Cup 2013: wonders of a weird and wacky festival

With the majority of players based in England or Australia, the 14th World Cup is easy to mock but it's full of compelling tales off the field and spectacular rugby on it.

 

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Italy are effectively playing as amateurs, on a weekly allowance of £200. They are doing it for love, not money.

 

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Gene played in two games, a 28-28 draw against Tonga ... fell in love with a local lass – Jo, a rugby league-loving teacher who insisted on travelling to Gene's home village before they married – and has joined the club's coaching staff. Every year, he heads home to do some coaching, but also to distribute some of his relative wealth – several villages have electricity thanks to him and indirectly, therefore, to the rugby league World Cup.

 

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Apologies if this article has already been covered on this forum

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2013/oct/23/rugby-league-world-cup-2013-england-australia

 

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Apologies not needed, I enjoyed reading your summary

Just shows that Rugby does have a huge back story if journalists get off their backsides and make the effort.

We need more of it. The other code gets this treatment on a weekly basis.

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"its easy to mock" ....Wilson says as Wilson does. His own paymsters are hardly supportive. Maybe ho now sees himself as others see him .

Nevertheless, we must welcome this contribution.

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don't just post on here - quick email the paper to let them know what we, fight the good cause !

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"its easy to mock" ....Wilson says as Wilson does. His own paymsters are hardly supportive. Maybe ho now sees himself as others see him .

Nevertheless, we must welcome this contribution.

 

Indeed, a welcome contribution and good to read. Those testing times way back in 2000 of bashing rugby league and ordering the coffin were truly appalling. 

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