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Country selections WTF?

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by fLIP, Oct 8, 2008.

  1. fLIP

    fLIP UFO Hunter

    +784 / 15
    Ok, this aint soccer we are talking about. We've got blokes here who have played state of origin. Guys who have rep'd for Australia and now because they can't get a spot they're off to play for another country.

    I don't think i'm being a little harsh when i say, if the kiwi's aren't allow to play state of origin, neither should these blokes. For mine, white, sims, tupou, hayne, robo should never be looked at for Origin again if its not acceptable for blokes like Marshal or Wiki or the like to get a shot at origin.

    Players and their world cup team:

    Jarrod Hayne, Wes Naiqama, Ashton Sims - Fiji
    Brett White - Ireland
    Matt Utai, Tony Puletua - Samoa
    Michael Robertson -Scotland
    Anthony Tupou, Michael Jennings, Feleti Mateo, Tony Williams, Taniela Tuiaki,  Fuifui Moimoi - Tonga
  2. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    +5,434 / 74
    the World cup is an exception to the rule, if they dont allow NRL and quality players to play for the World cup squad then it will just be the usual 3 horse race of UK, NZ and Australia.

    Once these other teams build more I completely agree though, you make your choice.

    I do however think that Origin should be opened up to players from other countries as well either with a "all the rest" team (which would be hard to bloody beat) or by allowing players to play for the state they first played football for
  3. Garts

    Garts Well-Known Member

    +667 / 18
    They have to allow it for the world cup, if they did not the games would be a joke.  Imagine a team full of Fijian coconut farmers who play once a week without boots against the Aussies or Kiwis.  They would be slaughtered 200 nil.
  4. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

    +466 / 6
    I wouldn't want to see White not considered for NSW.  I love it when he plays Origin.
  5. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +6,235 / 44
    As far as I know all the guys made themselves available for Australia first. Once they weren't picked then they were free to play for other countries if eligible. Fair enough I reckon, otherwise some of these teams would be lambs to the slaughter.
  6. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +212 / 5
    You have to have a grandparent that was a citizen of one of these countries. League is just trying to rebuild the international game. 100 nil results would do nothing, hence the lax qualifications.

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