Wow that’s a good crowd for a trial.I think most will be managing expectations about who or how long potential starters will play in the first trial.
I’m personally looking forward to seeing how the next gen of players are developing and who will get a run, while seeing if fringe first graders like Tom Ale can command a spot in the 17 for Round.1
Looking like a crowd of around 10000 for the game.
Wow that’s a good crowd for a trial.
Thats more than u get at some nrl games.
What kind of crowds do the Auckland blues get these days?
What a time to be alive!
It is amazing
I wonder how many are expecting the first grade team to run out and will be disaopointed SJ isn't playing?
Yea I was thinking the same. My parents are going to the preseason game and when I spoke to them on the phone and said it's only the preseason game you should go to the actual game in round 3 they sounded surprised.I wonder how many are expecting the first grade team to run out and will be disaopointed SJ isn't playing?
I just want two things from pre-season:
1. Nobody important breaks anything.
2. We don't look too inept on the field.
Winning pre-season games is great and everything, but adds 0 competition pts and 0 differential pts to the NRL ladder...
Pretty good basic explanation of the game to an NFL fan. Who’s know how well it will go but one thing going for it is the NFL and NRL seasons don’t really cross over.
The NRL are going after the sports betting money on offer in the US, it makes their product rights much more lucrative.I want to have my 2 cents worth over the Vegas games after reading this article that the NRL hopes to penetrate the lucrative USA market place and grow rugby league in the United States.
My 2 cents is that it sounds like a complete waste of time. Rugby union has a much better footprint in North America and they don't have much success. We will not accomplish anything by trying to grow the game of rugby league there. I have lived in Canada for a long time. Grass roots rugby union is strong. Despite that rugby is minuscule compared to the major leagues. Cricket is also played extensively in North America with competitive leagues but no one cares about it. I think the NRL are whistling Dixie with any attempts to expand in North America. Growing the game in Australia in states where it is less popular would be a better bet.
Rugby league has been seeking to gain a foothold in the USA for 95 years but the NRL's Vegas venture is the most serious attempt yet, writes David Middleton.www.nrl.com