As well as being home to the world’s most hated/loved football club, Old Trafford has turned into the premier venue for Rugby League ties – the Challenge Cup and Grand Final have set up home there in recent years and both have proved a roaring success. While the city itself is more enamored with round balls, for a significant proportion of the region it’s rugby that is the only type of football worth watching. There’s no denying that it’s a terrific spectator sport – and even though Manchester is only getting to showcase one game in the forthcoming Rugby League World Cup (as well as one group stage match in Salford), it’s the big one: the final. Favourites Australia will play New Zealand following the All Blacks triumph over England. It’s bound to be an electric finale to one of the world’s most gloriously brutal tournaments.

Sat 30 Nov, Old Trafford, Sir Matt Busby Way, M16 0RA, 2.30pm, £20 upwards,


Sat 30 Nov
Matthew Britton
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Sun 24 Nov 2013