SBW missing from NZ rugby league squad

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    Sonny Bill Williams is a notable omission from the rugby league squad that New Zealand coach Stephen Kearney has picked to defend the World Cup in Europe.

    Kearney says the second-rower is unavailable “due to other commitments”.

    Kearney doesn’t know what those other commitments are.

    Williams, who has been tipped to return to rugby union with the Chiefs, said after helping the Sydney Roosters to the NRL premiership on Sunday that he would take a couple of weeks to decide his footballing future.

    The 24-man New Zealand squad contains two uncapped players in two other Roosters – Dally M winger of the year Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and prop Sam Moa.

    Apart from Williams, Kearney said other players out of selection reckoning were Newcastle back-rower Jeremy Smith and Roosters centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall.

    Smith, who played in 2008 World Cup final win over Australia, is unavailable for family reasons.

    Kenny-Dowall is out because of injury after playing most of the grand final with a broken jaw.

    Kearney and the squad will gather in Sydney on Saturday before flying out for Britain.

    The Kiwis have a warm-up fixture against the Cook Islands in Liverpool on October 21 (AEDT), before beginning their cup defence against Samoa in Warrington seven days later.

    Jesse Bromwich (Melbourne), Greg Eastwood (Canterbury), Kieran Foran (Manly), Alex Glenn (Brisbane), Bryson Goodwin (South Sydney), Tohu Harris (Melbourne), Joss Hoffman (Brisbane), Krisnan Inu (Canterbury), Shaun Johnson (Warriors), Sam Kasiano (Canterbury), Thomas Leuluai (Warriors), Kevin Locke (Warriors), Issac Luke (South Sydney), Simon Mannering (Warriors), Ben Matulino (Warriors), Sam Moa (Sydney Roosters), Jason Nightingale (St George Illawarra), Frank-Paul Nu’uausala (Sydney Roosters), Frank Pritchard (Canterbury), Elijah Taylor (Warriors), Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (Sydney Roosters), Manu Vatuvei (Warriors), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Sydney Roosters), Dean Whare (Penrith).

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    • October 8th 2013 @ 8:17am
      Ra said | October 8th 2013 @ 8:17am | ! Report

      Sad not to have Williams but we did the job without him before. Great to see Sam Moa in there, top performances all year. I thought he was playing for Tonga? Oh well, Kia tau te waimarietanga (good luck)

      • October 8th 2013 @ 10:07am
        Renegade said | October 8th 2013 @ 10:07am | ! Report

        Why have NZ picked Moa, knowing that Tonga have already selected him…. that’s a disgrace and part of the reason our code cops so much flak in regards to the eligibility rules.

        • October 8th 2013 @ 12:24pm
          Clark said | October 8th 2013 @ 12:24pm | ! Report

          Everything is a disgrace these days isn’t it? ….

    • October 8th 2013 @ 8:25am
      jamesb said | October 8th 2013 @ 8:25am | ! Report

      Moa was born in Tonga, while RTS was born in Samoa.

    • October 8th 2013 @ 9:13am
      kiwiinoz said | October 8th 2013 @ 9:13am | ! Report

      You know what, as good as SBW is, there are plenty of other quality players in the squad. Why should one player hold another players position as ransom just until he decides his future, which i dare say he has already decided. Unless he is playing our great game next year, then he should not be in the squad, as good a player that he is. I did note that his defence wasnt great in the grand final, but his busting thru the line and off loading was something to behold. Shame he will be underutlilsed in yawnion

      • October 8th 2013 @ 10:59am
        In Brief said | October 8th 2013 @ 10:59am | ! Report

        Congratulations kiwiinoz, you are first poster on the Roar to use the term ‘yawnion’. Does your brain hurt? Probably does given real rugby is the number 1 sport in your country of origin.

        • October 8th 2013 @ 2:55pm
          kiwiinoz said | October 8th 2013 @ 2:55pm | ! Report

          oh please, you smug yawnion types make me happy to be no longer in that place. not every kiwi loves yawnion (yes that word again!!) I for one saw first hand the bigotry of the rugby yawnion towards my chosen sport. ‘State house’ rugby player i used to be called, banned from playing for first 15 at school along with other blokes all because we dared to play another game other than yawnion…how dare we. So get off you smug elitest high horse, we dont all love and worship the kick and clap

          • October 8th 2013 @ 4:08pm
            Nzmate said | October 8th 2013 @ 4:08pm | ! Report

            Haha kiwinoz, be honest you are a podgy mess who never made it and turned to league. I live in south Auckland played first 15 in town at a so called elitist school and never heard any of that rubbish abt state house rugby. Considering most first15s are dominated by polynesians who traditionally Dont come from well off families yr claim sounds more and more ridiculous.

          • October 8th 2013 @ 5:04pm
            John said | October 8th 2013 @ 5:04pm | ! Report

            kiwiinoz that sounds made up. I don’t know anyone in school or club rugby whos ‘elitist’. I don’t think it’s been like that for 20 years? kids nowadays are encouraged to take up both haha so much for your argument

          • October 8th 2013 @ 9:55pm
            In Brief said | October 8th 2013 @ 9:55pm | ! Report

            You sound like a little Englishman from the North with a massive chip on both shoulders. I doubt you’ve even been to NZ.

          • October 9th 2013 @ 1:33am
            TREX said | October 9th 2013 @ 1:33am | ! Report

            And what 1st XV will that be Mozzie? Just another person playing the victim mentality again.

    • October 8th 2013 @ 9:31am
      Boojay said | October 8th 2013 @ 9:31am | ! Report

      No Tim Simona? He would be my first pick at left centre.

      • October 8th 2013 @ 11:35am
        maximillian said | October 8th 2013 @ 11:35am | ! Report

        I think Goodwin will be left centre after a good season with the Rabbits. Simona is definitely 1 for the future though.

      • October 8th 2013 @ 1:26pm
        Papa said | October 8th 2013 @ 1:26pm | ! Report

        Simona just underwent a shoulder reconstruction.

    • October 8th 2013 @ 9:37am
      Dayer said | October 8th 2013 @ 9:37am | ! Report

      Why did the Kiwis picked Moa when he is a Tongan and why should Kiwis pick SBW when he could play for Samoa


      • October 8th 2013 @ 11:37am
        maximillian said | October 8th 2013 @ 11:37am | ! Report

        why would SBW play for Samoa? If he was available for the WC he would definitely want to try & win it & his best chance is with the Kiwis.

    • October 8th 2013 @ 10:12am
      Savs said | October 8th 2013 @ 10:12am | ! Report

      Wheres Kevin Proctor?

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        October 8th 2013 @ 1:22pm
        Geoff Parkes said | October 8th 2013 @ 1:22pm | ! Report

        He’s a good honest player Savs, but not the guy to win a world cup off the back of.
        It’s a good sign for NZ’s depth that he doesn’t make the cut.

        • October 8th 2013 @ 3:08pm
          maximillian said | October 8th 2013 @ 3:08pm | ! Report

          yeah I agree about the depth. Sam Perrett & Justin Horo can feel aggrieved as well IMO.

          • October 8th 2013 @ 8:53pm
            Sylvester said | October 8th 2013 @ 8:53pm | ! Report

            Horo and Kearney have history, so I less surprised about that. Perrett has been a more than solid performer for the Kiwis. Would take him over Nightingale.

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