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Worst Aussies to Play ESL

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  1. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    This little snippet was in Friday's SMH. Not sure what Guddy Schofields criteria was, but interesting to see a couple of ex Sea Eagles made his team

    SCHOFIELD SLAMS MASON

    Former Great Britain captain Garry Schofield has slammed Willie Mason as the worst Australian player to play Super League. Schofield, an outspoken critic of the reliance of English clubs on overseas players and coaches, used Wade McKinnon's early departure from Hull as the basis for a column on Super League's worst imports and named Mason as No.1 after his brief stint at Hull KR last season. ''He didn't just have an abysmal attitude, but he was appalling on the pitch too, '' Schofield wrote in League Express. Others to get a mention include former Manly skipper Matt Orford, whom Schofield labelled ''a disgrace'' and ex-Dragons, Eels and Roosters hooker Mark Riddell. ''His physique made me look like an Olympic sprinter,'' he said.

    Schofield's team: Wade McKinnon (Hull FC), Brett Mullins (Leeds), Matt King (Warrington), Paul Mellor (Castleford), Tame Tupou (Bradford); Greg Florimo (Wigan), Matt Orford (Bradford); Mark Carroll (London), Riddell (Wigan), Glen Hall (Bradford), Willie Mason (Hull KR), Phil Adamson (St Helens), Bradley Clyde (Leeds).


    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/western-sydney-panthers-goulds-taking-no-chances-20120517-1ytn4.html#ixzz1vNbmxAuc
     
  2. manlyfan76

    manlyfan76 Parra Trolls are the best. Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    RE: Worse Aussies to Play ESL

    Fair enough Really. They were all past it but they all got paid so who is the bigger fool? Me thinks the ESL is.
     
  3. Phoenix

    Phoenix Active Member

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    Worse Aussies to Play ESL

    Matt king, really?
     
  4. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

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    funnily enough that team when at their respective peaks would pants the poms
     
  5. eagles2win

    eagles2win Well-Known Member

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    I'd say Alfie as well.
    It's funny most of the esl teams try bringing in these big names and 9 times out of 10 they're ordinary.

    Personally if I was in charge of recruitment of one of these clubs look for a cheapie and solid player i.e Brett Delany from Leeds.
     
  6. Napper

    Napper Well-Known Member

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    Funnily enough Lyon was one of the ESL's best ever players and he's an aussie. The quality far outweighs the rubbish imo.[hr]
    Someone should remind him that the line-up he chose would probably beat any national England team for the past 20 years.
     
  7. eagles2win

    eagles2win Well-Known Member

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    It's funny reading Schofields comments.
    I remember he was discussing great teams and puts down Wigan during the 90s (they were near untouchable then - even beat a rugby union team at there own game) just proved to me a) he was jealous and b) he had no idea
     
  8. Stevo

    Stevo Well-Known Member

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    What an idiot. You'd at least have Brett Mullins at fullback!
     
  9. jbb/james

    jbb/james Well-Known Member

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    what pommy team can we pick ( good ) that has played in the NRL in the last 30 years. Ive Picked 30 as the seventies had plenty from lowe, stevens, norton, reilly, bishop, topliss, pringle, stephenson , tutty,etc

    1 Jonathon Davies
    2 des drummond
    3 gary schofield
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    5 Jonathon deveraux
    6 $alary hanley
    7 Andy gregory
    13 Phil clarke
    12 gareth ellis
    11 Dennis Betts
    10 kevin ward
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    10 Adrian morley

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    Mike gregory
    Andy platt
    bobby goulding
    Gareth Widdop

    Cant think of much more, anyone fill in the blanks. Its a fair team though. While a few of them were overpaid only deveraux and goulding were flops IMO
     
  10. eagles2win

    eagles2win Well-Known Member

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  11. TWO DOGS

    TWO DOGS Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    9- Mike Stephenson
     
  12. bob dylan

    bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Bill Ashurst would have to be the biggest flop ever.

    Lee Crooks was very good at times.
     
  13. Shoe1

    Shoe1 Well-Known Member

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    You forgot Andy goodway and Hugh waddell
     
  14. southsideeagle

    southsideeagle Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Most of the aussies that go to ESL are past their prime ..go for the money... have trouble with the climate and life style ... have trouble giving 100% .. Lyon is an exception .. Beaver has succeeded because he LOVES playing footy and knows nothing else but 100%. The poms that come here know it is tough and come at their prime to test themselves against the best.
     
  15. Stevo

    Stevo Well-Known Member

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    ****e commentator too! ^^
     
  16. bob dylan

    bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Jim Fiddler

    John Gray, Phil Lowe, Steve Norton, Gary Stephens all Manly premiership winners
     
  17. MK Eagle

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    Anyone who remembers super league would realise the difference in quality between the Australia & English competitions, where the timing of this 1 off world cup game favours them disgracefully.
    Schofield should be more concerned about the NSW Cup standard players who dominate the Poms comp & suddenly get recogised as best players worldwide in their respective positions by the pommy media.
    I'm outraged!! :mad:
     
  18. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    There was a centre who played for Easts in the late 80's whose name escapes me. I'll have to hit Google.

    You also forgot Chariots. Burgess would get a bench spot IMO.[hr]
    Joe Lydon was the guy I was thinking off.
     
  19. The Eagle

    The Eagle Well-Known Member

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    Needs a whole lot more Malcom Reilly
     
  20. MWSE

    MWSE Well-Known Member

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    Its pretty interesting looking at the rosters of the ESL clubs, it seems like some teams sign a lot of players from an NRL club. London has a few of our old players (including our hooker of the future (of the past) Chad Randall, Hull KR has a lot of panthers players, and Hull FC has a lot of tigers.

    Just thought I would throw that out there.
     

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