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Where's Grubber?

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Enjoying everything about the World Cup so far, the compelling games, the Pacific Islanders approach to tackling, the great crowds, the venues, even the viral dance! By the way don't knock the viral dance, it has got thousands of people involved who may never have considered coming to a World Cup game, kids are excited to be part of the event and have got fitter, parents have come to watch their children perform and it has attracted significant Arts Council funding. These are all great bonuses to this part of the event.

Presentation wise, however I feel we are missing something by not using Grubber more. I have been at all the venues apart from Hull and I have only seen him at Cardiff. I have been to many sport events such as IceHockey world championships where mascots have turned a good event into an outstanding event.

I appreciate that it is a specialist role needing fitness, enthusiasm and an indifference to sauna type heat, which few of the Team13 volunteers (who are doing a fantastic job) are likely to have experience in this area. We are likely to remember games for the tries scored but a young kid attending his/her first game is likely to remember that a friendly bear hugged him or joined in the viral dance. So if Grubber can come out of hiding, we would stand a better chance of getting people hooked on the game.

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Grubber will be there tonight. My mate's son will be inside the costume and is helping "Mr Brunel" (as in someone dressed as Isambard Kingdom Brunel) bring out the match ball!

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Grubber will be there tonight. My mate's son will be inside the costume and is helping "Mr Brunel" (as in someone dressed as Isambard Kingdom Brunel) bring out the match ball!

Grubber was at Rocdale on Mon. No Steed though, I think he'd been booted over the shed rooftop and someone had been dispatched to get him from a garden.

 

What are you talking about your mates son will be inside the "costume"?? I hope you are not suggesting that Grubber isn't a real bear :-(

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Grubber was at Rocdale on Mon. No Steed though, I think he'd been booted over the shed rooftop and someone had been dispatched to get him from a garden.

 

What are you talking about your mates son will be inside the "costume"?? I hope you are not suggesting that Grubber isn't a real bear :-(

No, my mate's son is a bear.

(And not in the "hairy man who likes hairy men" way, before anyone misreads this/suggests it)

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No, my mate's son is a bear.

(And not in the "hairy man who likes hairy men" way, before anyone misreads this/suggests it)

Phew, glad to hear it, I thought I was going to be as devastated as when I found out Eskimo's didn't exist.

 

Nice to see that the RLWC is making the country's bears feel part of the occasion. Hopefully raise awareness of greater need for bear inclusion in the UK, bear schools are closing down at an alarming rate.

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Grubber will be there tonight. My mate's son will be inside the costume and is helping "Mr Brunel" (as in someone dressed as Isambard Kingdom Brunel) bring out the match ball!

 

Grubber is a costume? With a person inside :( ?

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Grubber is a costume? With a person inside :( ?

By costume, he means the shirt, shorts and boots

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By costume, he means the shirt, shorts and boots

 

That's okay then. Lucky that his son's mate was a bear really.

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Grubber was at Cardiff on Saturday in his wonderful waistcoat- shame the toys you buy he has a jumper on and not the waistcoat

 

Missed merchandise opportunity there

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Enjoying everything about the World Cup so far, the compelling games, the Pacific Islanders approach to tackling, the great crowds, the venues, even the viral dance! By the way don't knock the viral dance, it has got thousands of people involved who may never have considered coming to a World Cup game, kids are excited to be part of the event and have got fitter, parents have come to watch their children perform and it has attracted significant Arts Council funding. These are all great bonuses to this part of the event.

Presentation wise, however I feel we are missing something by not using Grubber more. I have been at all the venues apart from Hull and I have only seen him at Cardiff. I have been to many sport events such as IceHockey world championships where mascots have turned a good event into an outstanding event.

I appreciate that it is a specialist role needing fitness, enthusiasm and an indifference to sauna type heat, which few of the Team13 volunteers (who are doing a fantastic job) are likely to have experience in this area. We are likely to remember games for the tries scored but a young kid attending his/her first game is likely to remember that a friendly bear hugged him or joined in the viral dance. So if Grubber can come out of hiding, we would stand a better chance of getting people hooked on the game.

 

My youngest lad only wanted to look at Wolfie when we took him to our last Warrington game.

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My youngest lad only wanted to look at Wolfie when we took him to our last Warrington game.

Personally I think Warrington are a bit irresponsible having a Wolf wandering about off the leash withso many small children about, they can turn quickly wolves. They should really have a Labrador dressed as Wolf. Bears are fine, they aren't dangerous, unless you're a Salmon, bears are just cuddly.

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Personally I think Warrington are a bit irresponsible having a Wolf wandering about off the leash withso many small children about, they can turn quickly wolves. They should really have a Labrador dressed as Wolf. Bears are fine, they aren't dangerous, unless you're a Salmon, bears are just cuddly.

 

Loony description of possibilities, but I love it! :)

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Personally I think Warrington are a bit irresponsible having a Wolf wandering about off the leash withso many small children about, they can turn quickly wolves. They should really have a Labrador dressed as Wolf. Bears are fine, they aren't dangerous, unless you're a Salmon, bears are just cuddly.

My girlfriend is in tears laughing at this

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I think it's really great the way the RFL have taught so many bears to carry a rugby ball. I'm sure more bears will be inspired to take an interst in the sport because of this.

Sally Bolton really is an amazing lady.

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I bumped into a former colleague of mine who'd hitherto had no interest in rugby league at Cardiff.

It turned out that her younger sister was one of the young Welsh participants involved in the 'viral dance' so she's decided to go along.

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I'm more concerned with where Steed is. He seems to have disappeared!

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I'm more concerned with where Steed is. He seems to have disappeared!

 

Someone at Rochdale was sent out in their car to drive down the road to find him after Grubber hoofed him over the stands. He'll be under a pile of leaves somewhere and prob won't be found until spring, and by then he'll be a bit deflated and faded :-(

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No Grubber or Steed at Craven Park last Sunday.

 

However, Rufus Robin was there in his PNG kit, having been adopted by the team as its official mascot. Rumours that Rufus has been advised by Hudgell to exploit his new nationality to help HKR avoid paying tax are unsubstantiated. ;)

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He's certainly keeping RLFans mascot Chippy quiet, he has a damaged shoulder and always goes over the top.

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I've some inside info on Steed, can't name names. But he was seen stood outside the Dog and Bucket in Batley on Sunday night a bit worse for wear, smoking and trying to chat up a cute tennis ball. Rumours are that Grubber has sent him home for breaking the no drinking ban. His pump has been confiscated and sent to the lab for testing as he was suspected to be on helium.

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