Australian National Rugby League’s U.S. debut in Las Vegas ‘fast, brutal, brilliant’

Australian National Rugby League’s U.S. debut in Las Vegas ‘fast, brutal, brilliant’

Article brief provided by The Guardian
  • Nick Tedeschi, The Guardian
March 3, 2024 2:34 PM

Rugby League has a long and sordid history of promising the world and delivering an atlas, the big dreams only matched by the bigger failures to execute. Not any longer. Over 40,000 fans attended the first premiership matches in the United States in what was a dazzling result for the NRL.

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The dream of Peter V’Landys to take rugby league to America launched a new reality for the NRL with two outstanding games living up to the unprecedented hype that surrounded the event. The steak matched the sizzle.

And boy was there some sizzle. This was no normal NRL match. Two members of Human Nature performed the Australian anthem.