Album: Wigan Lad Needs Educating!
First of all, apologies for my ignorance of all things NRL. It is actually very popular over here. Many people subscribe to Premier Sport and watch all the televised games. They affiliate themselves to clubs, wear the shirts and get as excited as when watching their home town teams. I expect NZ Warriors will pick up many new Wigan fans once the Sam Tomkins deal goes through. <br /> <br /> I'm somewhat curious as to what is involved in supporting NZ Warriors, particularly as all your away games are so far away, in another country separated by quite a bit of water! Do any of you manage to get to an away game? Can you realistically be expected to?<br /> <br /> Likewise, do your home games attract many visiting supporters?<br /> <br /> To put things into perspective, our biggest rivals are St Helens. A town all of 10 miles away. Furthest UK opponents are London Broncos. Many make a weekend of that with the attraction of a night out in the capital. Then we have Les Catalans, a massive 800 miles away in the South of France. This is often a well attended fixture. More and more people are taking a week's holiday on Spain's Costa Dorada and making the day trip by train or coach to Perpignon. It's only once a year. <br /> <br /> Les Cats have a couple of hundred travelling fans. And boy do they make a noise. Before one game at the DW, we were in the pub and I got chatty with a young couple. They wore Catalan shirts whilst their 10 year old son had our cherry and white top with Leuluai on the back!<br /> <br /> So all things considered, how does it compare?