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Jamie Lyon doesn't want to play Origin?

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Zep, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. Zep

    Zep Active Member

    +8 /0
    anyone heard anything on this?? i am watching Noddy of foxsports news saying that Jamie Lyon didn't want to join origin 2 camp and doesn't really want to play origin due to personal reasons. sooooo.....???
  2. willstyles

    willstyles Active Member

    +4 /0
    Yep. Apparently they asked him to be the cover centre for Gasnier. He said no.

    So they didn't consider him for Origin 3.

    He has effective retired from rep footy now as far as I know it. He certainly isn't going to be under consideration for a fair while that's for sure.
  3. deadlyeagle

    deadlyeagle Member

    +11 /0
    wow if true he mustn't get along well with someone in the n.s.w camp its obviously b.stewart :p.

    But honestly what other reasons are there for not playing the the top flight competitions of nrl???
  4. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

    +301 /0
  5. Volley

    Volley Well-Known Member

    +1,109 /54
    The snubbing of Kite shows what a sh*theap the hole rep scene is.

    Reminds me of the Aussie cricket side and players like Bevan and Katich getting snubbed because they weren't part of the boys who got on the piss all the time.

    Seems like being a pisshead is more important than talent.

    I'm not surprised someone could get disillusioned by the whole set-up.
  6. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member

    +215 /5
    It may have to do with family reasons. So be it.
  7. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

    +301 /0
    Bevan was ****.
  8. Zep

    Zep Active Member

    +8 /0
    its sad though when the show piece of modern day rugby league doesn't have the two best teams lined up against each other...
  9. eggson

    eggson Well-Known Member

    +305 /2
    Is it just me or did i see that you basically had to retire from rep footy otherwise if they wanted you, you had to play?  Either that or you get stood down for a game.  Strange rule.  Oh well, Lyon is now something like 20th choice for rep centres now lol
  10. CliffyIsGod

    CliffyIsGod Well-Known Member

    +109 /2

    MANLY star Jamie Lyon has escaped suspension but faces an unofficial representative black ban after turning his back on the NSW Origin team.

    With Mark Gasnier ruled out of next Wednesday night's series decider due to a back problem, Lyon would have been the selectors' first choice to replace the Dragons centre - but he told Blues coach Craig Bellamy he did not want to play Origin. Bellamy, who had grown tired of criticism over Lyon's omission from the NSW side this year, revealed yesterday after naming a team with five new faces from the one thrashed 30-0 by Queensland in Origin II that Lyon had knocked back the chance to play in Brisbane when Gasnier was in doubt with a hamstring injury.

    As a result, Lyon was not considered when Gasnier became unavailable for the decider and Canberra's Joel Monaghan was handed his Origin debut, alongside 19-year-old Sydney Roosters halfback Mitchell Pearce, who replaces injured Bronco Peter Wallace in the No.7 jersey. Roosters five-eighth Braith Anasta, who has earned a recall after Greg Bird suffered a knee injury playing for Cronulla last weekend, joins Parramatta winger Jarryd Hayne and Newcastle prop Ben Cross as the other changes. Hayne (suspended) and Cross (broken thumb) played in the series opener but were unavailable for Origin II. The Maroons have named an unchanged team.

    Bellamy said that Pearce and Anasta were chosen in part because of their club combination, while Monaghan's selection follows the four days he spent with the team before Origin II on stand-by for Gasnier. If the St George Illawarra captain had not recovered to play in Origin II, some members of the Blues camp believed Lyon would have been the first player suspended for pulling out of a representative match without a medical reason since Bulldogs great Terry Lamb was stood down from club football after he withdrew from the NSW team in 1987 to be with his pregnant wife Kim.

    But ARL chief executive Geoff Carr told the Herald no action could be taken because the selectors had not officially named Lyon. After deciding to bring a player into camp on stand-by for Gasnier, the selectors wanted Lyon - but when Bellamy phoned him, he said he did not want to play representative football.

    "With the Jamie Lyon thing, it didn't come out … but Jamie had the chance to come into the camp for the second [Origin game] when Gasnier was under a cloud," Bellamy told radio 2KY's Big Sports Breakfast program.

    Bellamy didn't want to comment further when later asked about the incident but it is understood he thanked Lyon for his honesty and moved on to the next name on the selectors' list - Monaghan. Sea Eagles chief executive Grant Mayer said club officials were unaware Bellamy had phoned Lyon and were not sure of his intentions regarding representative football.

    But Carr said Lyon, who also withdrew from this year's City-Country match due to injury, had not applied to retire from representative football.

    "As far as we're concerned and the selectors are concerned, Jamie Lyon is available for selection in representative teams," Carr said.

    But he conceded that Lyon's reluctance to play for NSW may count against him in future representative teams, including the 40-man Australian squad to be named on August 1 for the end-of-season World Cup.

    "If a player isn't excited about playing then I'm sure a coach like Ricky Stuart would probably rather find someone who was," Carr said.

    Meanwhile, Bellamy said he would not seek a meeting with referees boss Robert Finch ahead of Origin III, despite admitting uncertainty over rule interpretations for the series decider. Bellamy and the NSW coaching staff have expressed concern about the performance of Tony Archer in Origin II after he was again appointed to referee the series decider.

    In particular, the Blues were unhappy that Archer awarded 16 penalties (9-7 to Queensland) in Origin II after the count was tied at 3-3 in the first game, during which he allowed defenders more leniency in slowing down the play-the-ball.
  11. Jatz Crackers

    Jatz Crackers Moderator Staff Member

    +1,476 /8
    It reads like Lyon doesnt want all the political crap that goes along with rep selection & would rather just concentrate on & enjoy his club footy with an eye to the premiership.

    Bellamy comes across as a right pratt.
  12. Cameron

    Cameron Cambo

    +669 /35
    it kinda shows jamie cares more about winning a comp than playin for NSW
  13. Zep

    Zep Active Member

    +8 /0
    can't say i blame him after the ridicule he recieved during last years origins... But seriously against Inglis, who else would u want? cooper? wait he is on the other center!.

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