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    Is there anyone here from the UK north who actually play and follow the great game of rugby league? I dont expect there are any Australians. So I am alone to talk rugby league the winter game I grew up with. I attended a boarding school for the from age six for 10 long years so I needed something to ward off the demons of family isolation, strict discipline and abject lonliness. I chose to fill this gap by supporting the great St George Rugby League team which was in the middle of a world record run of premierships. Being locked away i rarely got to see my team live so come school holidays and nothing was going to keep me from seeing my beloved Dragons. I nagged and nagged Dad until he relented. My first game was at a sopping Sydney Cricket Ground with my Dragons taking on the Western Suburbs Magpies in the 1963 grand final. What a game with both teams wallowing in ankle deep mud caused by two days of torrential rain.. The Australian Rugby League symbol is a statue of the two captains of the day Norm Provan (Saints) and Arthur Summons (Wests) hugging each other after the ending of that brutal game won closely by the Dragons. See pic below.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donald the Great View Post
    Is there anyone here from the UK north who actually play and follow the great game of rugby league? I dont expect there are any Australians. So I am alone to talk rugby league the winter game I grew up with. I attended a boarding school for the from age six for 10 long years so I needed something to ward off the demons of family isolation, strict discipline and abject lonliness. I chose to fill this gap by supporting the great St George Rugby League team which was in the middle of a world record run of premierships. Being locked away i rarely got to see my team live so come school holidays and nothing was going to keep me from seeing my beloved Dragons. I nagged and nagged Dad until he relented. My first game was at a sopping Sydney Cricket Ground with my Dragons taking on the Western Suburbs Magpies in the 1963 grand final. What a game with both teams wallowing in ankle deep mud caused by two days of torrential rain.. The Australian Rugby League symbol is a statue of the two captains of the day Norm Provan (Saints) and Arthur Summons (Wests) hugging each other after the ending of that brutal game won closely by the Dragons. See pic below.
    Hi Donald

    I follow Rugby Leauge and am still trying to engage in playing it as a Northern guy - but have never got that far tbh loll! Tag Rugby is more my style - which I have played had-ock since my teens

    I know there is a minute difference in the Rules between Leauge and union - but I only said to my Uncle the other day "Leauge" is old 1950s to 1970s/80s Division 3/4 Football (or to narrate it now) it'd be National Leauge and National Leauge North/South Football - though not by the standards of players but of the equals qogmire pitches and slide tackles you'd have in afore-mentioned Footy - as it used to be. Though to /for me the Clive Woodward code has gone oo far posh - though it is ot money dominated luike Football is .... but a mix of codes wa always destined to be given Rugby orginated IN Rugby itself = the Midlands, though many may class it North or South

    I have many fond memoiries of watching the endless results/scores on ITV (I think)!!, mid 1980s and the list being longer than Football Scores in a way - even probably seeing Northern Twns "just heard of to a 10 year old was amazing - more so than Football Teams and in-particular like when Fulham started up and gained a stronghold on the Northern "Rulers" and of course with all due respect given tiny Towns like Hunslet and Swinton on the metamorpheses of big City's like Leeds and Manchester getting a foot in - this was equal to your own Town as I grew up in (of about 15,000 then) getting to any Sporting Cup 6th Round like Wimbledon dared to dream of and did - to get into the Football Leauge - though agreed Wimbledon is not a small town) but like too in recent years Histon, alfreton etc have gone close in the National Leauge

    I think that the Northern code survives alone on good-will and working class as it's testamount!

    80sChav
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