The Rugby League World Cup is back in England today and one man who knows all about home World Cups is the man at the heart of England’s last home World Cup campaign Kevin Sinfield.
Sinfield has been speaking about the tournament on This Is Impact and called for more England fans to show their support for the team noting that at the last World Cup he was proud at the end of it at how many England shirts he saw, but believes the national team needs that earlier: “The thing that I was most proud of certainly in the 2013 World Cup was at the back end there were more England shirts than I had ever seen before.
“I just hope we can get those white shirts in there earlier so that the lads genuinely feel that support.”
He also believes that the tournament can be important for the growth of the sport in this country and could inspire a new generation to turn away from football and play rugby league.
Sinfield also noted that this could be the last chance to have a home World Cup for some time with countries like France getting in on the hosting act: “We just need more kids playing the sport in the country and what a wonderful World Cup campaign does for our nation is probably instead of kicking a ball, they start to pick one up and that shift makes a real difference.
“We’ve got six weeks where the best players in the world and in our country are going to put in a show and we might never see this again, we might not see a home world cup again in our lifetimes.”