Elland Road to be red and white fortress
The last night of the 2011 Gillette Four Nations is set to fuse with the last night of the proms when an expected capacity crowd will get behind England by singing ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ when they take to the field against perennial rivals Australia in the tournament decider at Elland Road, Leeds this Saturday, November 19 (6.00pm).
Tickets for the Four Nations final have been in hot demand since England secured their place in the final by defeating New Zealand 28-6 last weekend and the RFL are urging fans to show their true colours by waving one of 30,000 freely distributed St George flags when the teams take to the field on Saturday.
“Having a large home crowd can have a massive influence on the players,” said England coach Steve McNamara. “It’s hugely important for us to have a big support, as it can prove to be the difference in close games.
“The England fans have been terrific so far during the past three weeks, coming out in force to support us at Leigh, Wembley and Hull and we know they’ll be in good voice again as they get behind the side this weekend in Leeds.
“A lot has been said about the history between the two teams and about how long it has been since England won a major trophy but that’s not something that anyone in camp is concerned about.
“We’re focused on doing a job on the pitch on Saturday and the players are determined to play their part in delivering a victory that everyone in England is hoping for.”