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Foran and JWH in NZ squad

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by ManlyBacker, Aug 6, 2009.

  1. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    Manly youngsters Kieren Foran and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves will be forced to make decisions on their international allegiance after being named in a 45-man New Zealand squad for the end-of-season Quad-Nations tournament.

    The squad also includes Warriors sensation Kevin Locke and Newcastle back rower Zeb Taia, whose eligibility is yet to be confirmed by the Rugby League International Federation.

    Foran and Waerea-Hargreaves have both represented Australia at junior level -- the former as a member of the Australian schoolboys and the latter in the 2007 rugby union World Cup.

    Their selections stunned Manly officials given neither is a regular first grader -- both have played only a handful of games in the NRL. Their selection could also force both to decide on their representative futures despite the likelihood neither will be chosen in the final squad to play against Australia, England and France later in the year.

    "The selection of a player like Kieran Foran from Manly shows there are pathways into our national teams for New Zealand-eligible players living in Australia," Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney said.

    "We're committed to giving players like Kieran every opportunity to represent their country."


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  2. Crusher_Cleal

    Crusher_Cleal Well-Known Member

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    Foran was a couple of years above my brother at primary school in St Ives (with Pearce). Not sure how he qualifies for NZ.
     
  3. Stiffi

    Stiffi Active Member 2016 Tipping Competitor 2015 Tipping Competitor

    He was born in NZ to NZ parents and he has stated that he wants to play for NZ in the future.

    Is Matai in the squad? I haven't seen or head of his name yet!!
     
  4. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    Matai is in.

    Squad: L Anderson (Warrington), R Asotasi (South Sydney), A Blair (Melbourne), L Covell (Cronulla), G Eastwood (Canterbury), D Fa'alogo (South Sydney), N Fien (St George Illawarra), K Foran (Manly), A Glenn (Brisbane), B Goodwin (Bulldogs), D Halatau (Wests Tigers), B Harrison (Canberra), L Hohaia (NZ Warriors), K Inu (Parramatta), S Kenny-Dowall (Sydney Roosters), T Leuluai (Wigan), J Lima (Melbourne), K Locke (NZ Warriors), I Luke (South Sydney), S Mannering (NZ Warriors), B Marshall (Wests Tigers), S Matai (Manly), B Matulino (NZ Warriors), F Moimoi (Parramatta), J Nightingale (St George Illawarra), F-P Nuuausala (Sydney Roosters), R Packer (NZ Warriors), S Perrett (Sydney Roosters), E Pettybourne (South Sydney), F Pritchard (Penrith), S Rapira (NZ Warriors), B Roberts (Canterbury), J Ropati (NZ Warriors), S Sa (Sydney Roosters), J Sau (Newcastle), J Smith (St George Illawarra), I Soliola (Sydney Roosters), C Stanley (St George Illawarra), Z Taia (Newcastle), F Talanoa (South Sydney), T Tuiaki (Wests Tigers), M Vatuvei (NZ Warriors), J Waerea-Hargreaves (Manly), B Webb (Leeds), A Winterstein (Brisbane).

    Three Super League players have been included in New Zealand's 45-man train-on squad named for the end-of-season Gillette Four Nations series in England and France.

    Wigan scrum half or hooker Thomas Leuluai is one of 20 members of the 24-man squad that carried the Kiwis to World Cup glory in last November's final against Australia.

    Leeds fullback Brent Webb is included after missing the tournament through injury and there is a recall for Warrington second rower Louis Anderson.

    Also included in coach Stephen Kearney's initial squad are South Sydney forward David Fa'alogo and Sydney Roosters centre Iosia Soliola, who will both be playing in Super League in 2010 with Huddersfield and St Helens respectively, and Canterbury Bulldogs forward Greg Eastwood, who is due to join Leeds.

    The only players not selected from the World Cup are captain Nathan Cayless, who has retired from international football, injured pair Sika Manu and Evarn Tuimavave and David Kidwell, who has been in playing the New South Wales Cup.

    As well as Webb, Kearney has recalled Roy Asotasi, Jeff Lima, Frank Pritchard and Soliola, who also missed the World Cup through injury and join 13 uncapped players.

    "The squad reinforces the quality and depth of players we have to choose from when looking to select New Zealand teams these days," said Kearney. "It's getting better all the time."

    "We've named 45 players but there are plenty with good claims that haven't been included. That's a sign of the competition we now have for spots and that has to be good for our game."

    "There's a lot of football to be played before we can be sure what team we will finally have for the Four Nations but we believe we'll have a competitive squad to go to Europe."

    The Kiwis will take on Tonga in a one-off Test in Rotorua on October 14 before setting off for London, where they will open their Four Nations campaign against Australia at the Twickenham Stoop 10 days later.

    Their next match is against France in Toulouse on October 31 before the Kiwis return to the United Kingdom to meet England at Huddersfield on November 7. The final will be played at Elland Road a week later.
     
  5. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I posted this up last night but hasn't shown up yet

    Both Foran's stated quite a while back they wanted to play for NZ
     
  6. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

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    Maybe they want to play for the World Champions
     
  7. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    and the Other Foran seems to have dropped off the radar
     
  8. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Yep

    Was shafted by the Warriors, he wasn't even making reserve grade at times, so he left them and plays for Newtown now, and was picked in the NSW residents side at halfback
     
  9. eagle_predator

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    Sorry MB i also posted a thread about Foran my bad mate.
     
  10. reyam

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    Typical NZ attitude aussie system does the work and you steal them.To rugby league nz is like england is to cricket
     
  11. Jatz Crackers

    Jatz Crackers Moderator Staff Member

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    No applauds yet reyam ?
     
  12. Kiwi Eagle

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    Typical NZ attitude aussie system does the work and you steal them.To rugby league nz is like england is to cricket
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    Guess they just thought they wouldn't mind defending the World Cup
     
  13. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    Another small snippet in the Manly Daily is that Manly's head trainer and conditioner Don Singe has been co-opted by Kiwi coach Steve Kearney to look after the World Cup champs for the series. Kearney consulted with Des before offering the job to Singe. Singe was with the Marlins and was in Japan as a rugby conditioner before being lured back by Des.
     

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