The Rugby League World Cup has just kicked off between England and Samoa, two of the sides expected to go far in the competition and potentially lift the trophy at the end of it.
We have waited five years since the last tournament in 2017, seven years since England’s bid to host succeeded and an extra year that wasn’t expected all because of the impact of the pandemic.
Long awaited and set to be a great tournament with the best and most diverse playing group ever assembled, so much work will have gone into making this event special.
45,000 tickets have been sold, the Kaiser Chiefs were performing per-match and amazing flags and banner displays had been organised for fans to create a visual spectacle of their own.
On the field, we were set for a celebration of the three tournaments with the trophies set to be delivered by famous names to the centre of the field including the likes of Kevin Sinfield and Jason Robinson, England stars of the past.
A great celebration of the sport and the three tournaments, things all looked great and sounded great on the field as the atmosphere bubbled until a technical fault threatened to put the rug out on rugby league’s biggest stage.
The PA system failed prevent the announcements for the trophy deliveries pre-match and also seeing to it that the Kaiser Chiefs only performed once.
However, rugby league fans are the best in the world and kept the show alive. They cheered on the trophy deliveries not needing the pomp and circumstance to create a great welcoming for the greatest, most prestigious trophies in our game, the Men’s, Women’s and Wheelchair World Cups.
They, alongside the Kaiser Chiefs, ignited a sublime atmosphere with a Mexican wave that travelled the ground making the atmosphere exceed what preceded the technical fault.
This meant that by the time the players entered the field of play and the PA system was resolved the atmosphere beckoning was immense and befitting of the occasion.