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ANZAC Test: who is the best of the rest?

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    With the ANZAC Test looming it has got me thinking about the benefits such a Test could have, on both sides of the world, if we made just a few changes.

    With the quality of players that are missing out this weekend, what if we had a united team of New Zealand and Australian players who didn’t make the cut for their first teams?

    Uniting an ANZAC side would no doubt peak interest in the NZRL world as in the NRL and the Super League.

    So who would make the side?

    This would be my lineup:

    1 Brett Stewart
    2 Nathan Merritt
    3 Jamie Lyon
    4 Steve Matai
    5 Shaun Kenny-Dowell
    6 Kieran Foran
    7 Daly Cherry Evans
    8 Aaron Woods
    9 Robbie Farah
    10 Sam McKendry
    11 Matt Gillett
    12 Ryan Hinchcliffe
    13 Shaun Fensom

    Reserves: Tony Williams, Trent Merrin, Anthony Tupou, Ben Barba.

    There are so many players to pick from. A lot of guys can get extra big game experience and bring it back to club level.

    Is there another side that can beat the side above?

    Could this concept be a new edition to the rugby league calendar?

    What do you think, Roarers?

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    • April 18th 2013 @ 3:12pm
      Bearfax said | April 18th 2013 @ 3:12pm | ! Report

      Would love to see the Samoa vs Tonga test coming up but I suppose no one will show that. Games like that should be promoted to inject greater interest in the game internationally.. But we’ve got turkeys in charge of our game in Oz at the moment. Please come Thanksgiving.

      • April 18th 2013 @ 3:33pm
        Robz said | April 18th 2013 @ 3:33pm | ! Report

        Pretty sure Fox are showing the Samoa v Tonga test on Saturday night

        • April 18th 2013 @ 3:53pm
          Renegade said | April 18th 2013 @ 3:53pm | ! Report

          Yes, that’s correct.

          Bearfax you can see the game on Fox Sports….they deserve a pat on the back for broadcasting this game.

          • April 18th 2013 @ 9:38pm
            Bearfax said | April 18th 2013 @ 9:38pm | ! Report

            You’re right Robz and Renegade. Thanks for revealing my foolishness in not checking first. Realised my mistake when I checked the Foxtel programme. Pleased that its showing as with a number of the other games because they should be entertaining….still think the present admin are turkeys but their appearance on the Thanksgiving dinner table has been deferred.

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      April 18th 2013 @ 5:14pm
      The Spectator said | April 18th 2013 @ 5:14pm | ! Report

      I also think a United Kingdom v.s Anzac.s test could be looked at, May generate more interest in the game in NZ and the UK if marketed properly.

    • April 19th 2013 @ 5:36am
      Mailman said | April 19th 2013 @ 5:36am | ! Report

      With so many good players around, they should’ve had an Aussie A and NZ A team to curtain raise. This would’ve given both teams the opportunity to blood their up & comers/fringe players and unearth some hidden talents. The disadvantage is, it would’ve also meant a lot of these players would become ineligible to play for other countries in the World Cup unless of course they made an allowance under the eligibility rules that only the top side counted in World Cup year.

      • April 19th 2013 @ 8:21am
        Bearfax said | April 19th 2013 @ 8:21am | ! Report

        Good point Mailman. Despite the objections to city vs country etc you must have a process where players have the opportunity to show their wares at a higher level to assess their future potential, other than the usual group who dominate SOO and tests. Cricket does and it gives the selectors a chance to blood good fringe players.

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