27th June 2018, 11:10 | englandrl

Five things we learnt from Denver

Five things we learnt from Denver

Americans love Rugby League

More than 19,000 fans descended on Mile High Stadium to witness the first ever Rugby League game to take part in Denver, that’s more than the Colorado Rapids soccer stadium holds! The performance showcased the best of the sport as England beat New Zealand 36-18.

Jake Connor wants a picture with Russell Crowe

“My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions and loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.” Was this Jake Connor’s speech or Russell Crowe’s speech.

Jermaine McGillvary NFL Quarterback?

Jermaine McGillvary is best known for his try scoring exploits, in Denver, he gave NFL quarterbacks an exhibition in throwing a long pass. It’s just a shame he didn’t have a wide receiver on the end of this pass…

Sam Burgess hits a homerun?

The England squad had a chance to show off their batting skills on Coors Field as part of Colorado Rockies pre-game warm-ups, Burgess was the stand-out. Unfortunately for Burgess the Rockies coach decided not to enter contract negotiations.

Who’d have thought? James Graham intimidated by Tim Howard…

Graham is more accustomed to watching his Everton heroes from the stands, in Denver he met former Everton and USA goalkeeper, Tim Howard. Howard now plays for Colorado Rapids and Graham admitted that he’s intimidated by Howard!

James Graham probably shouldn’t take goal kicks…

Yes, we did say five, but we couldn’t leave this one out!