Did you know you can still get a ticket for £20 to see England vs New Zealand and Australia vs Fiji at Wembley next week? Those are the three best and four hardest Rugby League sides in the world, probably the biggest concentration of all-round athleticism you’re ever likely to encounter. It’s a pity the web site is the biggest fucking UX hot mess ever. Ah, the professional code, never change. We’re still a bunch of fucking amateurs.
That said I was quite pleased with England this weekend. Looking at the score you might think “disappointing, didn’t thump France, will be rolled up like a carpet by the Kiwis”. But France have been pretty decent through the tournament and they were much more of a challenge than I thought. In general, it’s been a great World Cup – not too many mismatches like 1995, no organisation chaos like 2000.