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Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by eagles2win, Jun 2, 2012.

  1. eagles2win

    eagles2win Well-Known Member

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    Pacifica team made up of the likes of Tonga, Samoa, Niue, Cook Islands etc . players to compete on a more regular basis and stop the player drain to Origin and New Zealand.
    I'd imagine to work like this 4 out of 5 years they play together and split for the World Cup.
    Now Union has tried this in the past with an Islander team and it worked for a bit.
    League has made Origin a success in its own right something we took from AFL and what's not to say they could make this successful.
    My question if say this Pacifica side formed would you go and see them play? Against the likes of Aus, NZ etc.
    I've often thought that if Samoa and Tonga had the ability to call upon all there heritage players they could give the likes of the big 3 a big shake
     
  2. Napper

    Napper Well-Known Member

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    1. Hayne
    2. Uate
    3. Matai
    4. Hurrell? (if not Maori)
    5. Vatuvei
    6. ??
    7. ??
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    11. Pritchard
    12. Tony Williams
    13. Jeremy Smith

    Im sure ive missed plenty

    Handy, eligable side if none pledged to aus or nz.

    They could definately be sucessful.
     
  3. Shoe1

    Shoe1 Well-Known Member

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    A west indies approach in the pacific. Sounds awesome.
     
  4. eagles2win

    eagles2win Well-Known Member

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    Hopefully someone in the various organisations gives it the green light.

    The players of Island heritage wanted to play England this year but the ARL and NZRL declined them the opportunity holding them to the RLPA demands of a lesser load a year prior to the World Cup.

    The reason most people don't worry about the Northern Hemisphere teams is they play regular tests at the end of the season.

    ie England vs The Exiles
    France vs Wales
     
  5. MrInvisible

    MrInvisible Active Member

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    I reckon a "Pacific Islands" team would be awesome.

    With the development of Rugby League in PNG and Fiji there are some really decent players coming out of the pacific islands. In Fiji mainly it's Rugby they play, but it's quite impressive how skilled some of these guys are, even at a park level over there.

    Bring it on I say!
     
  6. Napper

    Napper Well-Known Member

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    Is Barba from PNG?
     
  7. eagles2win

    eagles2win Well-Known Member

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    Positive signs with a team possibly from PNG playing in the QLD Cup as well
     
  8. Napper

    Napper Well-Known Member

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    Yeah born in Darwin. But im sure i remember reading somewhere he is eligable for PNG.
     
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  9. Jatz Crackers

    Jatz Crackers Moderator Staff Member

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    I recently saw a footy short film documentary which confirmed that PNG was actually part of Qld.
     

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