I used to watch RL half a mile down the road when it was played in the winter season but stopped as I had other summer interests when they changed to the summer, so I was quite impressed with the furious pace of the modern game. We got beaten, but not thrashed.
What was this two games for the price of one thing at the Millennium stadium? Which spectators are you attracting, the first game lot, or the second? And the second game gets a second hand pitch to play on in their home country... I don't get that.
And did they have to hot bunk the dressing rooms as well...?
I went to the first game. Enjoyed it, but although 40,000 or so is a decent crowd for RL (Especially in Unionist Wales), but I was disappointed that it wasn't a lot more. The atmosphere was far from electric as a half empty stadium always seems a bit like a reserve match and we saw many people leaving before the Wales game, so even less atmosphere.
I thought the organisers did a great job. We enjoyed the ceremony and the facilities in the Millennium Stadium were pretty good, although the low crowd numbers reduced to any queues to almost nothing.
I also have final tickets, so I hope that will be a better crowd, but as it's in Lancashire (Well....sort of), I'd expect a much bigger crowd.
There's an awful lot of people that haven't a clue that there's a world cup tournament in the UK just now in which England have a real chance. and I am one of them. My sports education was all in Essex and at school we played football, hockey and cricket. I don't think that I ever saw a rugby ball until I moved to Devon at 30 years old and by then it was too late to learn any of the rules let alone the difference between League and Union.
Sad to say though my time living and working in the USA did give me a good grasp of American Football and Baseball.