ARL rejects Lyon's rep retirement request http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2...01/2504298.htm Sea Eagles star Jamie Lyon faces suspension from the NRL if he refuses to make himself for representative fixtures in 2009. The Australian Rugby League's (ARL) board has rejected Lyon's request to be made exempt from representative football. An ARL spokesman says if Lyon is selected and refuses to play, he will be stood down from the corresponding NRL match. The Manly five-eighth was overlooked for last year's State of Origin series after he told New South Wales coach Craig Bellamy he did not want to play. The spokesman says Lyon does not meet the League's criteria to retire from rep football. He says Lyon's request was rejected because he is only 27, he has not played 10 years in the NRL and he does not have any long-standing injury problems.