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17 stone giant

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  1. I wasn't saying there should be. Just was asking for clarification as I often watch union and so was used to seeing that sort of thing penalised.
  2. Congrats to the Jillaroos. They are a fantastic RL team and fantastic ambassadors for the sport. I hope we can see them playing in England outside of World Cups.
  3. Have barely given the World Cup a thought up until now, what with the RLWC and so much other sport going on. I will be right up for it once it starts though. Just has a different feel to it right now because of the time of year - no warm up matches etc.
  4. Mexico 86. Maradona handball and genius. Collecting my Panini stickers and sniggering at the Korean players names, especially the one with Bum in it. This was in the 1980's though, so before racism was bad. England starting the tournament badly and then improving. Wilkins being sent off. Lineker scoring. Best WC final. ITV's amazing theme tune Aztec Gold (later used by Saint and Greavsie and my current ringtone).
  5. The slow "England, England..." chant is very suited to rugby because it works well both when you're attacking and defending. It just fits nicely with the pressure building up as you try to keep them out or find a way through, and it's flexible so that you can have things like one end or side shouting "England" and the opposite end or side shouting it back. One time it was started by a group in the corner near me by the big screen (the winning drop goal end) and it spread nicely to other parts of the stadium. I'm pretty sure it was the 62nd minute from watching bits of the match again on iPlayer.
  6. Gutted England lost but loved being at the game. Fantastic stadium, great atmosphere especially when England were chasing, and incredible tension and drama at the end. What a game that was!
  7. Yet again the Kangaroos and Kiwis deliver a sporting spectacle that is as good as it gets. Absolutely epic match. Gutted for the Kiwis, but congrats to Australia. Both teams should be incredibly proud of the show they put on. That deserved a full Elland Road. Just in awe of what those 26 plus players delivered there.
  8. That would have been an immense try, given where it started from. What an effort to score.
  9. I'm feeling confident. I probably won't be at 1430 on Saturday, but I am right now.
  10. Normally support the Kiwis against the Kangaroos, and probably will do again. That said, it's a great situation because either of these teams would be great to play, if England reach the final. Plenty of high-profile defeats against both, to try and avenge.
  11. Watched until half time and was really enjoying it. Then had to go out for a bit and only got back to see the final couple of minutes. If England don't get there, it should make for a good final between those two.
  12. It's maybe not as strong as it once was, but I see no reason why it can't be restored. Just need regular Ashes, Four Nations, and/or other events. Australia is still the team I most want England to play and beat, and I can't imagine that will ever change. There is so much history there, both overall and in terms of my own experiences of watching matches against Australia. I get excited just from seeing Mal Meninga, because he was such an iconic figure from when I first started watching the sport. The green and gold kit is awesome too.
  13. Great game, and congratulations to Samoa. I would have preferred Tonga to win, just so that England would be playing someone different, but Samoa fully deserve their place in the semi-final.
  14. Excellent first half by England. I wasn't sure what to expect from PNG, but England were clinical early on and didn't give them anything. I dozed off in my chair for a while in the second half, so I didn't really get to see why we stopped scoring. Job was already done anyway. Hoping for Tonga in the semi-final, as I'd rather play someone different than the same team twice.
  15. Very good game. Impressed by Fiji, but pleased that New Zealand won, as I like the Australia/New Zealand rivalry in sport.
  16. I like that you've gone to the trouble of typing out the team. Personally, I'd rather England played against the Leigh Leopards. It would help promote their rebrand, and I'm sure plenty of people would attend just to laugh at them. My England team for such a match would probably be 1 S Tomkins , 2 D Young , 3 k Farnworth , 4 K Watkins , 5 R Hall , 6 G Williams , 7 M Sneyd , 8 C Hill , 9 A Ackers , 10 T Burgess , 11 J Bateman , 12 M MCmeeken 13 M Cooper . Bench M MCllorum , E Whitehead , L Thompson , V Radley
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