Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has revealed where his love for Rugby League began ahead of Saturday’s Grand Final between Wigan and Leeds at Old Trafford.
Giggs is a frequent visitor to Super League games, and was at the recent meeting between St Helens and Wigan at Langtree Park last month.
The Welshman’s father actually played for Swinton when Giggs was a youngster, and although he said he used to watch Swinton home and away, he also has a soft spot for Wigan, and will be cheering them on this Saturday.
“I’m a Wigan fan so I’ll be cheering Wigan on, but Wigan v Leeds, it’s probably the two best teams in the league so I’ll be hoping for a really good final,” he told Sky Sports.
“My dad was a Rugby League player so it started when we moved from Cardiff for Swinton – who my dad played for. From eight till I started playing football I was home and away watching Swinton. The likes of Batley, Dewsbury and Hunslet, I was there. Once Rugby League’s in your blood, that’s it for the rest of your life.
“My dad took me to Great Britain v Australia in about ’82 or ’83 and that was at Central Park, Wigan were obviously a great side in the ’80s and even though I was a Swinton fan, my love for Wigan started then.”