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Top 17 forgotten rep stars

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  1. Manly To Win!

    Manly To Win! Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Top 17: Forgotten rep stars
    By Jack Brady
    NRL.com
    12:00pm Thu 12th June, 2014

    While everyone is absorbed with the quickly approaching second State of Origin game, it's worth remembering those players who once upon a time played at the highest levels yet have primarily plied their trade in the lower grades this season. At one point in their lives everyone in this 17-man squad has played for his state or country, but this year has been seemingly forgotten.

    1. Nathan Merritt (North Sydney Bears/Rabbitohs): one Origin match for NSW

    Merritt went from the highest of highs this year to the depths of the NSW Cup in a matter of weeks. After breaking the Rabbitohs' all-time try scoring record, the one-time Blues representative found himself playing with the North Sydney Bears soon afterwards. While he has since been recalled to the first-grade side as cover, chances are Merritt will be back playing for the Bears soon when Alex Johnston and Greg Inglis are both available.

    2. Lote Tuqiri (North Sydney Bears/Rabbitohs): six Origins for Queensland, nine Tests for Australia

    The experienced winger hasn't been able to cut it this season with the Rabbitohs. With the likes of rookie Alex Johnston and brothers-in-law Bryson Goodwin and Joel Reddy ahead of him, the dual international has been spotted running around North Sydney Oval more often than not since leaving the Wests Tigers.

    3. Dane Nielsen (Warriors): three Origins for Queensland

    Nielsen hasn't been the same since leaving the Storm, having earned three Maroon jerseys while at the Melbourne club. The Warriors centre hasn't been spotted in first-grade since Andrew McFadden's coaching debut in Round 7 and it looks like he won't be re-emerging anytime soon with Konrad Hurrell and Ngani Laumape in good form.

    4. Krisnan Inu (Bulldogs): five Tests for New Zealand

    If it wasn't for State of Origin duty and an untimely injury to centre Josh Morris, Des Hasler probably wouldn't have been bothered picking Inu this season. Inu has remained loyal to the club in reserve grade despite interest from elsewhere and it has, for the time being, looked to have worked for him.

    5. David Williams (Sea Eagles): two Origins for NSW, two Tests for Australia

    A cult hero down at Brookvale, the Wolfman hasn't been impressing coach Geoff Toovey enough this season to oust young Peta Hiku from the right flank. With no tries to his name from seven games for the Sea Eagles his demotion makes sense, though he has been trying his best to reclaim his spot in the NRL.


    6. Reni Maitua (Bulldogs): one Test for Australia

    Maitua's well-documented troubles off the field are the primary reason he has only played one game in the NRL for the Bulldogs. Named to play five-eighth this weekend with Trent Hodkinson and Josh Reynolds on Origin duty, Maitua gets another chance to prove he deserves a regular spot in the top side.

    7. Ben Roberts (Sharks/Storm): five Tests for New Zealand

    Everybody smirked when Craig Bellamy signed the former Kiwi at the start of the year and while he has spent more time playing for Cronulla in the NSW Cup than the Storm in the NRL he has been solid as cover for the injured Cooper Cronk. It's just a shame that Bulldogs and Eels fans don't see it that way.

    8. Petero Civoniceva (Redcliffe Dolphins): 33 Origins for Queensland, 45 Tests for Australia

    We digress. Nobody will ever forget the great Civoniceva, though many won't be aware the veteran is still running around for the Redcliffe Dolphins in the Queensland Cup. With an unannounced appearance for Fiji in early May, the 38-year-old prop reneged on his retirement and ran out for Redcliffe weeks later.

    9. Siliva Havili (Warriors): one Test for New Zealand

    The glory of making your New Zealand debut after playing only three NRL games was the reality Havili faced earlier this season. But after a solid hit-out against the Kangaroos, Havili found himself playing against the Mounties in the NSW Cup just a week later. The hooker has only played three NRL games since.

    10. Mark O'Meley (Wyong Roos): 10 Origins for NSW, 15 Tests for Australia

    The man aptly nicknamed 'Ogre' has returned from the English Super League with very little fanfare to play for the Wyong Roos in the NSW Cup this season. When he wasn't giving it to his opposition players, O'Meley was a formidable prop for the Bulldogs and it shows in his representative credentials.

    11. Timana Tahu (Knights): 12 Origins for NSW, five Tests for Australia

    While he has sporadically played in the back row as his speed diminishes, the usual centre/winger has struggled to make serious inroads at the Knights since rejoining the club in 2012. The 33-year-old veteran is set to make his comeback in the NSW Cup this weekend after recovering from a knee reconstruction.

    12. Tom Learoyd-Lahrs (Mounties/Raiders): four Origins for NSW, four Tests for Australia

    You'd think Ricky Stuart and the struggling Raiders would give someone like Learoyd-Lahrs a crack. While he's currently on the shelf with a knee injury, Stuart has had plenty of opportunities to recall the four-time Kangaroo representative to first grade this year.

    13. Dene Halatau (Tigers): 15 Tests for New Zealand

    To be fair Halatau broke his ankle in the pre-season trials but has spent time in the NSW Cup on his road to recovery. With Farah, Fulton and Woods missing from the Tigers line-up this weekend, Halatau is set to make his NRL comeback. However long that lasts remains to be seen.

    Interchange

    14. Kalifa Faifai Loa (Tweed Heads Seagulls/Titans): two Tests for New Zealand

    Faifai Loa joined the Titans from the Cowboys this season to extend his chances of getting a crack in the NRL. He has only made two appearances in for the Titans, usually finding himself crossing the Queensland border to play for Tweed Heads.

    15. Fuifui Moimoi (Wentworthville Magpies/Eels): 12 Tests for New Zealand

    The Eels' young blood is the main cause of Moimoi spending the past few weeks in the NSW Cup. With the likes of Paulo, Terepo and Pauli killing it up the middle for the resurgent Eels, the 12-time Kiwi representative is struggling to be noticed.

    16. Epalahame Lauaki (Sea Eagles): two Tests for New Zealand

    Not much has been made of Lauaki signing with the Sea Eagles earlier this season. A member of the Wigan Warriors' victorious English Super League squad last year, Lauaki hasn't even forced himself off the bench for Manly in the NSW Cup.


    17. Tim Grant (Windsor Wolves/Panthers): two Origins for NSW

    Signing with the Rabbitohs for next season wouldn't have helped but Grant has struggled for a spot in the Panthers' best 17 this season. The former NSW prop has been restricted to six games for the ladder-leading Panthers and to his credit has taken it with good grace.
     
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  2. mozgrame

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    Who could forget Kevin McGuinness? Played for NSW City in 2002. Scored a try and they got the win...then nothing. Still shattered! Get it???lol
     
  3. ALinda

    ALinda Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Yes there are some real 'blasts from the past' in that lot. I guess time marches on....
     
  4. RiverEagle

    RiverEagle New Member

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    And that's the finer point too.

    More than half of those guys aren't ''forgotten''.

    Certainly their fans would still remember and appreciate guys like Petero, Tahu, Moi Moi, O'Meley and Tuquiri etc.

    Just because time catches up (as it does for all of us) doesn't mean what they've achieved should be slighted.

    And I like that blokes like Petero and O'Meley are still having a run. Shows they play coz they love it, not necessarily for applause.
     
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  5. HappilyManly

    HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I fondly remember Wolfie still :angel:
     
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  6. ALinda

    ALinda Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Too true RE.
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    You and me both HM, you and me both. Still hoping he'll come good for us :heart:
     
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  7. RiverEagle

    RiverEagle New Member

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    Wolfie's greatness on and off the field won't be forgotten ( and maybe there's more to come ).

    And I wouldn't be insulting big Epa L at all!

    Hopefully he'll play a part someday.
     
  8. eagles2win

    eagles2win Well-Known Member

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    The writer of said article does know that Fiji and Samoa are both test playing nations and played each other over the rep weekend a few weeks back.

    Tuquiri and 70 cents played for Fiji (a rep side)

    At the end of the year the Samoan's will front up in the 4 Nations and I'd guarantee the likes of Roberts and a few others will be playing rep footy.
     
  9. wombatgc

    wombatgc Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    There's no way that Petro and o Meley should be clumped with douches like Roberts. There's classic, and then there's crap.
     
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  10. globaleagle

    globaleagle Où est mon chapeau Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    There's always a lot of fondling going on when you two remember wolfie!

    :exclamation:
     
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  11. RiverEagle

    RiverEagle New Member

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    Yeah wombat, the more you look at and think about it, that list is neither accurate nor fair.

    Global, on the other hand, was both accurate and fair in his assessment of HM and Linda!

    HaHa and the glory @globaleagle
     
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  12. Manly To Win!

    Manly To Win! Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I thought it might generate some discussion. Would love to see Epalahame given a shot in FG sometime, he might offer something different. And I think it's great that Petero and O'Meley still run around, it's good experience for the younger guys.
     
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