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Srama drama in Smith saga

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by mozgrame, Dec 24, 2013.

  1. mozgrame

    mozgrame Well-Known Member

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    Courier Mail – December 6, 2013



    Three NRL teams are already circling disgruntled Gold Coast Titans rake Matt Srama, who has been relegated down their pecking order despite playing through injury on a minimum-wage contract.

    One of those clubs is understood to be the Melbourne Storm, who will need a quality rake if Smith signs with the Brisbane Broncos for 2015 as widely expected.

    Srama was recently told he won’t be the Titans’ starting hooker next season because of his form last year, even though that form was due to the busted shoulders the Titans asked him to persevere through.

    Off-contract at the end of 2014, Srama is considering asking for an early release to prove his value now he is behind Beau Falloon and potentially even 21-year-old Sam Irwin.

    The Canberra Raiders are favourites to snare him as Ricky Stuart believes he has State of Origin potential.


    Read more: http://www.zerotackle.com/nrl/srama-drama-in-smith-saga-11691/#ixzz2oLJkb8xh

    * This is an old story, but I like the title. Boo to the Titans! :mad:
     
  2. 6/71

    6/71 Well-Known Member

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    Quality player if a little undersized. The Titans are a rabble.
     
  3. Shoe1

    Shoe1 Well-Known Member

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    Poor bloke he'll never see 1st grade again going by Ricky's assessment. Keen league judges to a man take the opposite view to Ricky. I thought he was an ok player but if Ricky sees state of origin potential then that confirms he is a reserve grader.
     
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  4. Jethro

    Jethro This space is for rent Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I feel that they always will be whilst they are being coached by John Cartwright who learnt how to coach when he was an assistant to Stuart at the Roosters.
     
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  5. 1969

    1969 Well-Known Member

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    Try saying that 3 times fast lol:

    "Srama drama in Smith saga"

    "Srama drama in Smith saga"

    "Srama drama in Smith saga"

    :)
     
  6. Lord Eagleton

    Lord Eagleton Well-Known Member

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    Ouch. Thats something i had not realised. You present a valid point
     
  7. bones

    bones Bones Knows Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    That that that.
     
  8. globaleagle

    globaleagle Où est mon chapeau Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    that 3 times fast lol
    that 3 times fast lol
    that 3 times fast lol

    :p:p:p
    :cool::cool::cool:
    :D:D:D
     
  9. mickqld

    mickqld Sack Greenslime 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    :huh:
     
  10. bones

    bones Bones Knows Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Only once was required :p
     
  11. wedgetail eagle

    wedgetail eagle Well-Known Member

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    As if the Titans have ever made good decisions. I always thought he was half handy.
     
  12. globaleagle

    globaleagle Où est mon chapeau Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Damn it! I've been out - technicalled!
     
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  13. mozgrame

    mozgrame Well-Known Member

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    And this from Brother Luke Srama. Totally different but interesting, just not enough for it's own thread. Enjoy. :)

    By Tony Webeck, Chief Queensland Correspondent

    He's a rugby league nomad who has played the game in the United States, England, the Philippines and Queensland, and Luke Srama believes now is the time for rugby league to spread its wings to all corners of the globe.

    Srama, older brother of Titans hooker Matt, will link with The Entrance in the New South Wales-based Ron Massey Cup competition in 2014 but before he heads to the Central Coast he'll lead the Philippine Tamaraws out against the Latin Heat in a rugby league international of a different kind at Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast on January 18.

    Srama has captained the Philippines to successive Asian Cup wins over Thailand the past two years with the crowd of 150 that turned out in Bangkok in 2012 swelling to more than 1,500 for the return clash at the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy Stadium in 2013.

    With the possibility of an NRL game being played in China in the near future, Srama has no doubt that further exposure into Asian nations will see an explosion of interest in the game, with Malaysia, Indonesia and Japan in line to participate in future Asian Cup tournaments.

    "Growing up you'd never even think about representing Asia so it's a massive achievement not only for ourselves but also our mother and all her family back in the Philippines," Srama tells NRL.com.

    "When we played the Asian Cup [in 2012] we went back to the Philippines and did some coaching and visited some orphanages and it was a really big eye-opener. All the Filipinos are used to basketball and boxing with [Manny] Pacquiao but we gave them a few footballs and took them through some coaching clinics and they picked up the game fairly easily.

    "It can definitely grow into something big and now they're talking about China and taking [NRL] games there.

    "For us to be a world game and the greatest game of all they've got to expand. All the countries around the world, as soon as they see rugby league they fall in love with it. It is the best game in the world and so easy to play compared to union and hopefully now with the World Cup everyone starts putting more time into it."

    There are close to 100 million people living in the Philippines who have little to no knowledge of rugby league while in Latin America, the combined population of close to 600 million people have one sporting religion: soccer.

    "Central and South Americans, we're all about soccer, that's our major sport, but when we have a group of guys that is interested in rugby and seeing it develop, it's inspiring because we don't have that background," says Latin Heat captain Jonathan Espinoza.

    "Bringing that kind of sport into our culture... one day I could maybe see us playing in the World Cup because we do have the talent. Everyone is on board and pushing it to the limit because they really want to put it on the map, that we can play [rugby league]."

    The brainchild of Brisbane-based businessman Rob Burgin, the Latin Heat have been in existence for less than 12 months and draw together players from Latin American nations to play rugby league.

    For many of the squad, the Mitchelton Nines tournament in Brisbane in September was not only their first game together as a team, it was their first ever game of rugby league.

    There are now some 50 players associated with the Latin Heat squad in Brisbane and Sydney and Espinoza and his teammates are eager to take the game back to their homelands.

    "Argentina has their [rugby] union team, Chile also has a union squad and to bring a new game into our culture, I'm pretty sure it's going to be welcomed with open arms," says Espinoza, whose parents are of Nicaraguan and Chilean heritage.

    "We have a lot of people who may not be good at soccer or baseball but they might have the skills for rugby. We want to expose those people [to rugby league] and I think it's going to do wonders. I've seen a couple of the players over there and I definitely know that we could make a good international side."
     
  14. wombatgc

    wombatgc Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I'll give Carwright 12 rounds of his perfunctory coaching style (thats being generous)....then enter Neil Henry.
     
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