After the great success of our first interview with RL Commentating Legend Andrew Voss (Wigan Rugby Blog BIG INTERVIEW: Andrew Voss ), and with the recent release of his book “Stuff You May Have Missed” guest blogger David Bailey caught up with Vossy once again. With the Super League and NRL seasons hitting the business end we thought we’d get his views on how things are going on both sides of the world.
With regards to the book :
Andrew Voss only ever wanted to be one thing, a football commentator, and Stuff You May Have Missed reflects his lifelong passion for rugby league. It is a mixture of thoughts, recollections, personal experiences and stories from the many great people whose paths he has crossed, and the many facts and figures he’s learned along the way.
The great, the good, the bad and the controversial. From Penrith to Perpignan. From Wellington to Wembley. From Townsville to Jacksonville and any other “ville” you can think of where the sport may have been played, Vossy has been on one amazing ride. His unique take on the game provides an entertaining insight into rugby league.
Having read the book it genuinely is a must read for any Rugby League fan, not just for those with a keen interest in the NRL.
Vossy himself says:
“I have been very grateful to League Weekly for their promotion of my book Stuff You May Have Missed. My experiences in the UK feature many times throughout, and I’d like to think a number of the stories would strike a chord with the fans”
For anyone interested in the UK the publisher New Holland has provided a direct link for purchases of the book with worldwide postage: au.newhollandpublishers.com/stuff-you-may-have-missed.html
Recently, Wigan in conjunction with Hull FC and destination Sydney and Destination Wollongong announced that Super League will be going to Australia next February to play a regular season game as well as a couple of friendlies against Souths and the Dragons. How has this been received by the fans down under?
“From the league fans I mix with the reaction has been all positive to the news of a Super League match in Australia. Mind you, it is going to be hot in the Australian summer. The Wollongong ground is such a beautiful setting. Any fans lucky enough to make the trip over from the UK will love the experience.”
Now that the seasons are well underway in both hemispheres, earlier in the year you predicted Wigan for the Super League title and a Storm/Cowboys Grand Final in Australia. Do you stick by those?
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“Pre season predictions are like backsides… we all have them! Wigan has started to worry me a bit, but I will stay on board the bandwagon. In the NRL, Melbourne have had a superb season and it will surprising if they don’t make the grand final at the very
least. However the Cowboys are now really feeling the loss of Johnathan
Thurston to injury. They have a battle on their hands to make the finals, let
alone the bigger matches after that. We might yet have a repeat of last year’s Grand Final between Melbourne and Cronulla.”
Which Rookie/Breakout player has stood out for you in the NRL this season? Is there anyone that could be a surprise inclusion into the Aussie or Kiwi squads for the World Cup that we should keep an eye out for?
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“There is an absolute certainty for rookie of the year in the NRL and that is 18 year old Canberra winger Nick Cotric. I first saw this kid a number of years ago in schoolboy footy. You knew even then that he was going to make it. Big, strong and talented, he has just about been Canberra’s best player in his debut season. As for the World Cup, make sure you watch Fiji. They will include Melbourne’s young tryscoring machine Suliasi Vunivalu. Vunivalu has set a record already scoring the most tries by any player in their first two seasons in the history of premiership rugby league in Australia.”
What one thing from the UK that you’ve enjoyed on your travels do you wish you could have down under?
“Haha… if only I could find a curry in Australia to match what I experienced on my last trip to the UK. Can you put me in touch with the owners of Akbars in Leeds? I want to discuss a southern hemisphere franchise!”
Just as a follow up Vossy – I’m in Leeds each week now with work so I will start the ball rolling.
Finally, Who is your favourite player of all time and why?
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“The question of favourite player of all time is as hard to answer of any you could come up with. I have had so many. I will single out one though well known to Wigan fans. Matty Bowen. I just loved the way he played football. What a talent. What an entertainer. I had the privilege of calling his first ever game on TV when he was representing Abergowrie College in schoolboy league. With his first touch he went 70 metres.
And what’s more, Matty is a great bloke. So humble. Wigan fans may not have
seen him at his absolute best, but I’m sure he still provided some good
Once again, we would like to thank Vossy for giving up time in his busy schedule to accommodate us. You can follow Vossy on Twitter here @AndrewVossy and if you haven’t already, go check out his book. Good luck for the rest of the season and we will sort you an Akbar’s when you’re next over.