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Kangaroos name injured duo for final

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Normie, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. Normie

    Normie Well-Known Member

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    Coach Ricky Stuart has named injury concerns Brent Tate and Paul Gallen in an unchanged Australian team for Saturday's Rugby League World Cup final against New Zealand in Brisbane.

    Tate suffered a hip flexor injury and Gallen a corked thigh in last Sunday's 52-0 semi-final demolition of Fiji at the Sydney Football Stadium.

    Neither player trained on Tuesday, although Gallen is considered less of a concern than Tate.

    Manly's David Williams is the most likely replacement for Tate if needed while Anthony Watmough and Josh Perry would come into calculations should Gallen not recover in time.

    Australia: Billy Slater, Joel Monaghan, Greg Inglis, Israel Folau, Brent Tate, Darren Lockyer (capt), Johnathan Thurston, Petero Civoniceva, Cameron Smith, Steve Price, Glenn Stewart, Anthony Laffranchi, Paul Gallen. Interchange: Karmichael Hunt, Craig Fitzgibbon, Anthony Tupou, Brent Kite.


    FFS - Stuart and his love children - Tupou and Fitzgibbon. One has been and one to be.....
    This can be the only explanation of why they were picked above Perry & Watmough  :mad:
     
  2. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

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    One Manly player in the starting line up says it all really.
     
  3. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

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    Wasn't Fitzgibbon dropped from the roosters starting side and removed from the captaincy at the end of the year?  Now he is a test player...............

    As for Toupou I am sure it is in his Sharks contract
     
  4. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    With the undoubted uninjured talent available in this squad, why would Stuart name injured players?  Weird. 
     
  5. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

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    Club coaches as representative coaches.  This is Bellamy revisited. If there was any decent international opposition, Aust would lose on these selections.
     
  6. DVS Matt

    DVS Matt Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Tate is almost certaintly going to be rubbed out today.

    No doubt Boyd will step into the void
     
  7. CliffyIsGod

    CliffyIsGod Well-Known Member

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    Surely they will pick Williams over Boyd...
     
  8. clontaago

    clontaago Well-Known Member

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    Good call Matt
     
  9. eggson

    eggson Well-Known Member

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    Just in from news.com.au:

    MANLY winger David Williams will today be officially called into Australia's World Cup team to play the Kiwis in Saturday night's final at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
    The Daily Telegraph understands Brent Tate - named in the team yesterday - has not recovered sufficiently from a hip flexor injury sustained in last Sunday's semi-final.

    Tate warmed up with the side before training yesterday but did not run. He later had scans on his hip.

    Australian team management last night said Tate was still in the side.

    Kangaroos lock Paul Gallen (thigh) is also in some doubt with Anthony Watmough on standby. Meanwhile hostilities between 60-year rivals Manly and Parramatta re-ignited last night over Williams. The Daily Telegraph reported this week that, due to salary cap constraints, Manly may have to ditch Williams or fellow winger Michael Robertson after next year.

    Williams is on a modest base contract of $50,000 but is ready to ask Manly for a deal worth $200,000 a season - the same price being sought by Robertson, a three-try grand final hero who represented Scotland in the World Cup.

    Eels chief executive Denis Fitzgerald jumped straight in last night claiming he would like Williams to return to Parramatta, the player's former club. But Manly CEO Grant Mayer responded by telling Fitzgerald to keep away from Williams.

    Cheekily, Manly recently referred to Parramatta as its feeder club - the Sea Eagles having poached a number of players including Ray Higgs, Geoff Gerard, Tony Melrose, David Liddiard, Scott Donald, Shayne Dunley, Kylie Leuluai and Jamie Lyon - from Sydney's west to the northern beaches.

    But Fitzgerald may be considering a "get square". "David Williams is a very good player - if he was available, we'd love to see him come back," he said last night.

    World Cup final teams:

    Australia: Billy Slater, Joel Monaghan, Greg Inglis, Israel Folau, Brent Tate, Darren Lockyer (capt), Johnathan Thurston, Petero Civoniceva, Cameron Smith, Steve Price, Glenn Stewart, Anthony Laffranchi, Paul Gallen. Interchange: Karmichael Hunt, Craig Fitzgibbon, Anthony Tupou, Brent Kite.

    New Zealand: Lance Hohaia, Sam Perrett, Simon Mannering, Jerome Ropati, Manu Vatuvei, Benji Marshall, Nathan Fien, Nathan Cayless (captain), Thomas Leuluai, Adam Blair, Bronson Harrison, David Fa'alogo, Jeremy Smith. Interchange - Issac Luke, Greg Eastwood, Sam Rapira, Sika Manu
     
  10. clontaago

    clontaago Well-Known Member

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    Awesome news. Hopefully Gallen doesnt come up either
     

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