Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Stick to Rules

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Stick to Rules

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The Australian media is offering wall-to-wall coverage of the World Cup, everywhere but in Aussie Rules-mad Melbourne that is.

And not surprisingly, Sydney newspapers have condemned the Melburnians' indifference.

Mind you, official figures released today offer an obvious reason why. In 1999, over 2.5 million adults attended Aussie Rules matches, while the national figure for rugby union was just 446,200.

Seeing double

THERE have been more tales of brotherly love in evidence in Townsville when rival New Zealand-born centres Tony Marsh, of France, and George Konia, of Japan, confront each other in a Pool B clash tomorrow.

Konia may be forgiven if he becomes confused during the game as he is a team-mate of Marsh's identical twin brother, Glen, at Japan Super League club NEC Green Rockets.

But Konia revealed Glen Marsh passed on some tips on how to deal with brother Tony during the match.

"Glen told me: `If he comes your way during the game, and you are able to give him one, make sure you do the same for me'," Konia said. …

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