I think there was a fair few Barmy Army in the Brisbane crowd, especially with all the flags
Good fixturing by the ARL to put the game close to the Ashes in Brisbane, they should move the final north to Brisbane as well...
You've gotta love the pommy fans who travel around the world to see their team.
and change the groups every year,these countries need international rugby and some parts of austalia and new zealand could do with seeing some kind of international rugby league on a regular basis..like perth,adelaide & christchurch..
Add Brisbane to that list and take away Adelaide. Brisbane has had 3 (all 40K+) tests in the past 6 years. Perth is a chance to get some maches because they're getting an NRL team soon but Adelaide is so far away on the horizon it's not funny. Most importantly places like Newcastle and Townsville should be getting big matches and not be left out in the cold.
you see my point though don't you??
the ARL has nothing planned in terms of international matches next year (2007) apart from the ANZAC test..thats shocking in a year before they are hosting the world cup
if they sort out an 'A' team they could organise alittle four team comp with some of the pacific island nations who have already qualified for the world cup...fiji,samoa & tonga will need a decent run out between now and the world cup..but they have nothing planned either (PNG are touring france next year)..
something needs to be done.
I think that the ARL are halfway there already, we've had the Prime Minister's XIII play the PNG Kumuls every year in a one off so all they really have to do is organise it so that that Tonga/Fiji/etc get there at the same time. That'd be a great tournament, it'd also be a great way to see guys like Farah/Hayne/etc who are on the verge get a good chance at stepping up to the next level in a proper tournament instead of a one-off.