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Beaver -Modern day miracle

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by wombatgc, May 6, 2011.

  1. wombatgc

    wombatgc Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Remarkable longevity...Steve Menzies will become the oldest rep player in 90 years when he plays for the Exiles against England in June.
    HE is a modern-day miracle.
    Steve Menzies - The Beaver - created his own history yesterday by being selected in a representative game to be played at the famous Headingley ground in Leeds next month.

    Unbelievably, he will become the oldest representative player in 90 years.

    For the first time, the English national side will play an Exiles representative team - comprising Super League players from Australia and New Zealand - on June 10.

    The game is being billed as England's version to State of Origin football.

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    It will also act as a full-scale hit-out for England ahead of the Four Nations tournament in Britain later this year.

    Menzies was yesterday named in the side and becomes the oldest rep player since Sandy Pearce representatives Australia at age 38 years and 158 days back in 1921.

    Menzies, the former Manly champion currently playing for French side Catalans, turns 38 in December.

    "It really is a great honour," Menzies said.

    "I am not sure whether I will go around next season again. We will just have to wait and see."

    Menzies, the oldest player in Super League, left Australia after the 2008 season when Manly famously beat Melbourne 40-0 in the grand final. He played for Bradford before joining Catalans.

    The 18-man Exiles squad, coached by Kiwi Brian McClennan, has nine Australians and nine New Zealanders.

    Thirteen players have been selected from a poll of more than 10,000 fans with McClennan choosing the other five in the squad.

    Super League leaders Warrington have the biggest representation with four players - Louis Anderson, Matt King, Brett Hodgson and Joel Monaghan, while champions Wigan and Huddersfield each have three representatives.

    "The make up of the squad looks very exciting," McClennan said.

    "We have some terrific talent at our disposal with vast experience at the highest level.

    "The fans have made some intelligent selections throughout the voting process over the past month.

    "Their selections mirror the type of squad I am looking to build.

    "Their fan picks will serve as the nucleus of my squad going into the game against England."



    Exiles: Louis Anderson (Warrington, NZ), Danny Buderus (Leeds, Aus, c), George Carmont (Wigan, NZ), Rangi Chase (Castleford, NZ), David Fa'alogo (Huddersfield, NZ), David Faiumu (Huddersfield, NZ), Craig Fitzgibbon (Hull, Aus), Brett Hodgson (Warrington, Aus), Matt King (Warrington, Aus), Kylie Leuluai (Leeds, NZ), Thomas Leuluai (Wigan, NZ), Steve Menzies (Catalans, Aus), Joel Monaghan (Warrington, Aus), Luke O'Donnell (Huddersfield, Aus), Mark O'Meley (Hull, Aus), Tony Puletua (St Helens, NZ), Pat Richards (Wigan, Aus), Iosia Soliola (St Helens, NZ).

    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/steve-menzies-to-become-oldest-rep-player-in-90-years-when-he-plays-for-exiles-v-england-aged-37/story-e6frexnr-1226050741319
     
  2. SwornEagle

    SwornEagle Well-Known Member

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    The beaver.. legend!

    Can't believe i'm 30 and my childhood sporting hero is still running around :)
     
  3. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

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    bring him back

    1 more year
     
  4. Cameron

    Cameron Cambo Premium Member

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    he should have been with us this year :(

    Lockyer is a great player but i feel beaver deserves the hold the record for the most 1st grade games more.

    Imagine the influence beaver could of had on blokes like Burher, hoppa, dce and Oldfield this season.
     
  5. eagles2win

    eagles2win Well-Known Member

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    In my books Beaver has played more club games then Lockyer as I count the NRL games as well as ESL games and he'd be pushing 500 career games at the end of this season.

    The problem with holding someone like Beaver means one of the young guy's would have gone to another club.
     
  6. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Beaver is awesome :)
     
  7. Wolfpack

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    In hindsight Beaver could've played on for a few more seasons & it's a shame he didn't but really there will never be a better send off than scoring a try in a 40-0 GF win with 60,000 people chanting your name.

    It's a shame that he wasn't around for 09/10 where he really would have helped but in a way I'm happy he went out on the top rather than get mired down in some of the crap that has happened over the past couple of years.
     
  8. CliffyIsGod

    CliffyIsGod Well-Known Member

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    Carmont?! Who picked this side?
     
  9. eagles2win

    eagles2win Well-Known Member

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    The Fans did. It's done like the All Stars
     
  10. Frogz

    Frogz Don't mess with the goat, he has photos. Premium Member

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    Hope fox run this on TV
     
  11. eagles2win

    eagles2win Well-Known Member

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    They don't have the rights to ESL anymore Nein does and they won't show it despite the interest of everyone that follows Rugby League.

    The game is on in a months time.
     
  12. Sheikheagle

    Sheikheagle Well-Known Member

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    Absolute friggin legend and great bloke as well. Lets hope there is a job for him with the club when he returns.
     
  13. Bradza

    Bradza Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Would Beaver have been as good a player if he didn't have such a good nickname?
     
  14. Masked Eagle

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  15. Seaeagle63

    Seaeagle63 Active Member

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    Joel Monaghan??

    Must be playing the dogs!!!!
     
  16. Mark from Brisbane

    Mark from Brisbane Living the dream Premium Member

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    150% spot on, I'll forever remember the 76th minute of the 2008 Grand Final as a result, imagine had he played on and 2010 was his last year, humiliated by St Goerge 28-0 in his last game......no thanks!!
     
  17. bob dylan

    bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Beaver, made of good stuff indeed.
     
  18. Masked Eagle

    Masked Eagle Well-Known Member

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    I can understand that thought process, but to be honest if he came back and played this season and didn't work out it wouldn't change my opinion of what he did in his career one bit. The try in the GF still counts and the score will still be 40-0.
     

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