Not only does the Sun keep shining down on us, but for any of us who have been following the fortunes of the brilliant London Broncos over the last few games, what a treat we have been given and we have so much more to look forward to now that the next few games have been announced.
After having put on a marvellous show for all us fans at Barrow last Sunday the Broncos have managed to snatch a well deserved second place showing us clearly why they are a side entirely deserving of our support, and to be reckoned with, both me and Henry are true converts to Rugby league and although we will definitely not be leaving our rugby union roots behind we will certainly be finding space in our sports appreciation for both codes from now on in, all that remains for us is to get the shirts.
Incidentally on the subject of London Broncos shirts I was walking around my local supermarket in Swadlincote on Tuesday and a guy looked over to me and shouted “alright Mike, brilliant game on Sunday” it wasn’t until I noticed his London Broncos shirt that I realised what on earth he was talking about, I didn’t know this chap from Adam but he clearly knew me, it turned out he has been reading my blog each week and his children have a couple of my books, it does often happen that total strangers will strike up a conversation with me just about anywhere, much to my wife’s dismay, what followed was a 10 minute debate on the joys of rugby generally and why league is better than union, in his opinion, whilst I did agree with most of what he was saying it was apparent that he was talking from the point of view of being a rugby league follower alone all his life and my own experience of both codes allowed me to enlighten him on what union is all about.
I think for me I enjoy the spectacle and speed that can be a rugby league game but I also love the mud and grunt of a rugby union game, I do think though that the snobbery that can come from union players and supporters is really daft and misguided as rugby league is a fantastic game and actually an entirely different game.
On a other note but sticking with the fantastic inclusiveness of rugby generally I was blown away by the efforts of the Leeds Rhinos and Warrington Warriors in bringing the opportunity to take part in Rugby to people with a disability in the shape of Physical Disability Rugby League , a game that has been going on in Australia for some 6 or 7 years but had its first outing here earlier on this year courtesy of these two teams, I would’ve loved to have seen that match and only know about it through reading a report in a magazine dealing with disability issues.
I see from this article lots of rugby league clubs are now busily setting up PDRL teams of their own and I can’t wait to be able to go along and witness some of these games.
Rugby never ceases to amaze me its ability to bring together and give opportunities to all sorts of people and long may it continue.
All that remains to say at this point is well done to the Broncos so far, keep it up and good luck for the next few weeks, I’m going to be away in Devon and Bulgaria for the next few weeks but you can rest assured I will be keeping a close eye on developments and can’t wait to come and attend some of these upcoming games in person.
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Anyone wanting to support the boys away at Widnes Vikings next Thursday there is a coach leaving from the club and Season Ticket Holders travel free and non-season ticket holders travle for a Fiver!