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News: Eagles rookie set for Tonga debut

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by ManlyBacker, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    <p>ROOKIE Sea Eagles winger William Hopoate will continue his rise in the game when he plays international rugby league at the end of this season.</p>


    <a href="http://silvertails.net/news/5066-eagles-rookie-set-for-tonga-debut.html">Read the full article</a>
     
  2. eagles2win

    eagles2win Well-Known Member

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    Good on him.

    So at the end of the year we might have
    Hopa Jnr - Tonga
    T-Rex - Tonga
    Seu Seu - Samoa
    Whare - NZ Maori
    Tasi - NZ Maori

    Also forgot these
    Foran - NZ
    Matai - NZ
    Lyon - AUS
     
  3. Liueli of Brookvale

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  4. jwaa

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    Good stuff, should be a great experience for him
     
  5. SwornEagle

    SwornEagle Well-Known Member

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    Does that mean he'd be ineligible to play for Australia if/when the time comes??
     
  6. eagles2win

    eagles2win Well-Known Member

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    While we're in this World Cup cycle it's suppose to be yes. But because of what's happening with the Uate scenario (played for Fiji in the Pacific Cup last year and has been given clearance  to play for Australia so he can play Origin) he might be able to change allegiance mid cycle.
     
  7. abnc

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    While we're in this World Cup cycle it's suppose to be yes. But because of what's happening with the Uate scenario (played for Fiji in the Pacific Cup last year and has been given clearance  to play for Australia so he can play Origin) he might be able to change allegiance mid cycle.
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    I reckon that you should be eligable to play Origin no matter which country you play for. It should go off where you played your first junior footy. Hoppa was born in Australia, and obviously because of his heritage he can play for Tonga, but because he was born here he should still be eligable for Origin (Not that he will play Origin, but just using him as an example).

    The only exception to that rule is if you were born overseas and played your first junior footy overseas (NZ for example), then you can't play Origin.
     
  8. Rusty

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    While we're in this World Cup cycle it's suppose to be yes. But because of what's happening with the Uate scenario (played for Fiji in the Pacific Cup last year and has been given clearance  to play for Australia so he can play Origin) he might be able to change allegiance mid cycle.
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    I reckon that you should be eligable to play Origin no matter which country you play for. It should go off where you played your first junior footy. Hoppa was born in Australia, and obviously because of his heritage he can play for Tonga, but because he was born here he should still be eligable for Origin (Not that he will play Origin, but just using him as an example).

    The only exception to that rule is if you were born overseas and played your first junior footy overseas (NZ for example), then you can't play Origin.
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    Agreed.

    National eligibility should be based on birth or heritage and SOO eligibility should be based on the state you first played competitive RL in.
     
  9. eagles2win

    eagles2win Well-Known Member

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    Origin as it stands at the moment is one of my biggest bug bear's in rugby league. Sure it's a great, but as it stands it is killing international rugby league
     
  10. Rambo1987

    Rambo1987 Well-Known Member

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    Tonga is an emerging country and normally players can play for emerging countries without effecting their choice for playing for Australia.
     
  11. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Am pretty sure their is still a 2 year stand down before you can play for Australia after playing for 1 of the Island sides, other than if it is a World Cup year

    Uate isn't eligible for NSW until next season due to this, was a similar case with Mateo a couple of years back as well
    Costigan has tried to get dispensation to play for PNG and Qld and that has been knocked back (which is quite surprising as he wears Maroon)
     

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