Former Brisbane Broncos forward Sam Thaiday has revealed the main reason he never moved to England to play in the Super League – the weather.
The former Australia international and Queensland State of Origin legend has revealed in his autobiography: Tries, Lies and Meat Pies that he doesn’t like the cold weather at all.
He has been asked many times over the years why he never considered moving to England and his reponse is far more original than the competition not being at the same level of the NRL.
In his book, when discussing the Broncos World Club Challenge trip to face St Helens at Bolton in 2007, he wrote:
“Winning the premiership in 2006 meant that we’d be off to England to play in the World Club Challenge in early 2007. We’d be up against St Helens, who had run away with the Super League minor premiership for the second year running and were virtually untroubled on their way to the trophy.
“They were going to be a mighty challenge, but the real challenge that was scaring me was the prospect of heading to England in the northern hemisphere winter. I’m a boy from Townsville. When it gets to 25 degrees Celsius outside I’m reaching for my tracksuit. To expect me to survive over there was ludicrous.
“Even now people ask me if I’ve considered going over to England for a couple of years at the end of my career. Are you kidding me? I’d freeze to death.”