Robins fans urged to show their true colours
Hull KR and England Knights player Liam Watts is urging Robins fans to show their pride in the national team by helping roar England to victory when they face New Zealand in Saturday’s crucial Gillette Four Nations match at the KC Stadium (6.00pm).
Watts, who was part of the Knights squad that defeated France and Cumbria last month, believes the passion of the red and white army in a record crowd could play a pivotal role in guiding England to the victory that would take them in to next week’s final and a showdown with Australia at Elland Road.
“It’s a really exciting weekend for England,” said Watts. “It’s a massive game for everyone involved and one I know all the players are looking forward to.
“The KC is a great stadium and all the fans in Hull, no matter which side of the city they’re from, are passionate about Rugby League, not just the team they support. Both clubs in the city attract big crowds and the derby day games between them are massive occasions but everyone here has Rugby League in their veins.
“Walking out at the KC when it’s full is simply immense. When there’s 20,000 plus fans in that stadium it really gets the hairs on the back of your neck standing up. You can hear the crowd singing when you’re in the dressing rooms before the game and there’s nothing quite like that experience.
“As a player, having a big crowd come out to watch you can be a massive boost especially on home soil. Players are always proud to play for their country, but I think the fans are equally as proud to support their country and the people of Hull are certainly a passionate group and they can play a big role on Saturday.”
Watts formed part of England coach Steve McNamara’s ETS squad for the bulk of the season but missed out on a coveted place in the Four Nations squad, but he believes the current England squad is more than capable of overcoming the defending champions on Saturday.
“There are some great players in the England squad currently,” he said. “With the likes of Sam Tomkins and Rangi Chase in the backs and a forward pack which speaks for itself, I don’t think we’re massively behind either New Zealand or Australia and I think the side showed that at Wembley when they were unlucky not to come away with a better result.
“New Zealand won’t be easy, I think we all know that. They’re very physical and the team will need to defend well, but if they keep composed then I think they have a great chance.
“We’ve got lots of talent and we just need a little more consistency and this is a great opportunity for the lads involved to really push on. I’m really looking forward to the game myself and hopefully I’ll be along to support the lads from the stands.”
England’s final group game against New Zealand will be played at the KC Stadium in Hull on Saturday November 12 (6.00pm) and tickets are priced from £20 adult and £10 concession.
Wales will play Australia in their final group fixture at The Racecourse Ground in Wrexham on Sunday November 13 and fans will be able to attend the game for £10 adult and £5 concessions.
The 2011 Gillette Four Nations final will be played at Elland Road, Leeds on Saturday November 19 (6.00pm) and tickets are priced from £20 Adult and £10 concession.
Tickets for the 2011 Gillette Four Nations can be purchased by calling 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk