Rugby League World Cup 2013

This entry was posted on Friday, October 25th, 2013

5 Things that will Happen…

1.     Crowds will be low, particularly in Rugby League heartlands such as Cardiff and Bristol! To sum up just how Northern the game is, it is extraordinary that a World Cup of a major sport will be taking place without a fixture in London until the semi-finals. Forget poverty – Rugby League is a true example of the North-South divide.

2.     Yet new fans should emerge. There is nothing like a WC to showcase the finest of the sport, and despite the Premier League football season being in full swing, decent television exposure should boost the long term health of Rugby League.

3.     Australia will steamroller most of the opposition. 1.41 favourites and little surprise in that given they have the strongest domestic league, and are the only country where the 13-man code has always been the dominant version of the sport.

4.     But England will go well too. A strong squad, meticulous coach, a favourable draw, and with training trips to South Africa having been completed, there is a sign that League is learning from the professionalism shown by our national cricket and Olympic teams. The most recent acid test for England was the 2011 4 Nations, where they outperformed the Aussies for the first hour of the final. Josh Charnley will score tries, and well led by veteran Leeds Rhino Kevin Sinfield, England are definitely the value bet at 8.4.

5.     Wigan’s Sam Tomkins will become a household name. A genuinely world class player – something English rugby union cannot claim to have right now.

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