It’s already a great occasion at Wigan Warriors’ DW Stadium as the stadium plays host to the World Cup quarter final between Papua New Guinea and England.
However, what preceded kick-off made the occasion even better.
Not only did the Princess of Wales meet and greet all of the players – and even the young mascots in a lovely moment – but there was a unique and superb gesture before kick-off.
Traditionally, we see moments of silence prior to kick-off especially in November as we often pay our respects to those who lost their lives in World War One and indeed other wars.
However, this time there was no minute’s of silence – that will take place at next weekend’s semi-finals – but instead a minute of noise.
This was done due to Movember which of course started a few days ago hoping to help men understand the importance of talking about their mental health.
So, reflecting the need to make noise about men’s mental health, fans were encouraged to speak, to make noise and listening to the fans in attendance make that noise made for one of the loudest rugby league stadiums we’ve seen all year long.
A lovely moment bringing attention to an important topic in a unique way and a way that reflects the need to make noise, to speak about men’s mental health.