NRL stars named for Lebanon and Scotland ahead of World Cup

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    Lebanon and Scotland have named their provisional squads as the rugby league World Cup nears. Both nations are set to feature a host of seasoned NRL players.

    Lebanon Cedars coach Brad Fittler has named five NRL regulars in his 40-man train-on squad headlined by Rabbitohs hooker Robbie Farah, who last represented the nation in 2002. Joining Farah in the line-up are Eels duo Tim Mannah and Mitchell Moses, Wests Tigers rookie Alex Twal and Bulldogs hooker Michael Lichaa.

    They are joined alongside five domestic players, with Imad Chidiac (Jounieh), Wael Harb, Raymond Sabat (both Lycans), Ali Abou Arabi (Tripoli) and Toufic el Hage (Wolves) all named. The group all appeared in the test against Italy played in Hadath in June, when the Cedars came out 6-4 victors courtesy of a Jeffery Tohme try.

    In that match both Sabat and el Hage were particularly impressive, raising their hopes of a potential spot in Fittler’s final 24-man squad with at least one domestic player to be included.

    The Cedars qualified for their first World Cup since 2000 having defeated South Africa, and the majority of their squad featured in a 24-4 victory over Malta in Cabramatta back in May. The squad’s familiarity with each other should prove helpful in their campaign which pits them against host nation Australia as well as powerhouses England and France.

    The likes of Josh Mansour and Reece Robinson may yet join them with their eligibility still awaiting confirmation.

    Brad Fittler spoke following the announcement of his train-on squad saying, “Lebanon’s strong community support will provide the squad with great confidence in the World Cup.

    “It is going to be a great occasion for Lebanon rugby league and Lebanon as a country in general.”

    Lebanon play a warm-up against Niue at Leichhardt Oval on 14 October and will take on Australia and England in Sydney, with both matches expected to draw large crowds in support of the Cedars.

    Lebanon 40-man squad
    Ali Abou Arabi (Tripoli RLFC), Danny Barakat (Wentworthville Magpies), Mario Boustani (Blacktown Workers), Ben Chahoud (Hills Bulls), Imad Chidiac (Jounieh RLFC), Jamie Clark (Auburn Warriors), Mark Daoud (Asquith Magpies), Adam Doueihi (South Sydney Rabbitohs), James Elias (West Newcastle), Ahmad Ellaz (Auburn Warriors), Robbie Farah (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Toufic el Hage (Wolves RLFC), Wael Harb (Lycans FC), Bernard Kairouz (Wests Tigers), Kayne Kalache (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Nick Kassis (Blacktown Workers), Andrew Kazzi (Wests Tigers), Anthony Layoun (Parramatta Eels), Michael Lichaa (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Bilal Maarbani (Manly Sea Eagles), Mitchell Mammary (Wentworthville Magpies), Tim Mannah (Parramatta Eels), Josh Mansour* (Penrith Panthers), Raymond Maroun* (Penrith Panthers), Tarek el Masri (Wentworthville Magpies), Abbas Miski (North Sydney Bears), Mitchell Moses (Parramatta Eels), Raymond Moujalli (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Reece Robinson* (unattached), Travis Robinson* (Newtown Jets), Chris Saab (Blacktown Workers), Raymond Sabat (Lycans FC), Jaleel Seve Derbas (Wests Tigers), Elias Sukkar (Wentworthville Magpies), Alex Twal (Wests Tigers), Jason Wehbe* (unattached), Christian Yassmin (Wests Tigers), Abraham el Zakhem (Auburn Warriors), Elie el Zakhem (Auburn Warriors), Adnan el Zbaidieh (Auburn Warriors)

    *awaiting confirmation

    (Image: AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts)

    Steve McCormack’s Scotland Bravehearts squad has been bolstered by the addition of five NRL regulars, with Peter Wallace returning to the fold alongside Euan Aitken, Joe Wardle and Cowboys duo Lachlan Coote and Kane Linnett.

    Skipper Danny Brough will bring experience in guiding an experienced forward pack starring the likes of Danny Addy, Dale Ferguson, Ben Hellewell, Ben Kavanagh and Adam Walker.

    Of the 24 players in McCormack’s squad for last year’s Four Nations tournament 22 have been named in the initial squad, with only Tyler Cassel and Billy McConnachie missing out.

    Scotland have been drawn in the ‘group of death’ against Pacific powerhouses Samoa and Tonga as well as New Zealand, who they drew 18-all in Workington last year.

    Scotland provisional squad
    Danny Addy (Hull KR), Euan Aitken (St George Illawarra Dragons), Ryan Brierley (Toronto Wolfpack), Sam Brooks (Featherstone Rovers), Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants), Brett Carter (Barrow Raiders), Lewis Clarke (Moore Park Broncos), Lachlan Coote (North Queensland Cowboys), Davie Dixon (Keighley Cougars), Luke Douglas (St Helens), Liam Faughlin (Maitland Pickers), Dale Ferguson (Huddersfield Giants), Ben Hellewell (London Broncos), Liam Hood (Leigh Centurions), Ben Kavanagh (Hull KR), Kane Linnett (North Queensland Cowboys), Frankie Mariano (Featherstone Rovers), Joe McClean (Gloucestershire All Golds), Ryan Maneely (Rochdale Hornets), Kieran Moran (York City Knights), Will Oakes (Hull KR), Brett Phillips (Workington Town), Calum Phillips (Workington Town), Scott Plumridge (Mittagong Lions), Sheldon Powe-Hobbs (Northern Pride), Matthew Russell (Warrington Wolves), David Scott (Batley Bulldogs), Lachlan Stein (Penrith Panthers), Oscar Thomas (London Broncos), Lewis Tierney (Catalans Dragons), Adam Walker (Wakefield Trinity), Alex Walker (London Broncos), Jonathan Walker (Darlington Point Roosters), Peter Wallace (Penrith Panthers), Joe Wardle (Newcastle Knights), Brandan Wilkinson (Bradford Bulls)

    In other news for international rugby league, the 2017 Jillaroos Interstate Challenge Merit Team has been named with 19-year-old rookie Jessica Sergis headlining a host of familiar names following New South Wales’ 22-6 win over Queensland.

    Jillaroos Merit Team
    1. Samantha Bremner, 2. Karina Brown, 3. Isabelle Kelly, 4. Corban McGregor, 5. Jessica Sergis, 6. Caitlin Moran, 7. Maddie Studdon, 8. Ruan Sims, 9. Brittany Breayley, 10. Heather Ballinger, 11. Kezie Apps, 12. Jenni-Sue Hoepper, 13. Simaima Taufa
    14. Ali Brigginshaw, 15. Elianna Walton, 16. Lavina Phillips, 17. Vanessa Foliaki

    Sergis’ three-try performance puts her in good stead to make her Jillaroos debut ahead of the World Cup in November.

    The Socceroos' hopes of qualifying from the group stage at the World Cup are hanging by a thread after a 1-1 draw against Denmark. See how the match unfolded with our Australia vs Denmark match report, highlights and result.

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    • Roar Guru

      August 5th 2017 @ 6:21am
      Sleiman Azizi said | August 5th 2017 @ 6:21am | ! Report

      Hopefully the domestic players for Lebanon can impress enough to make the final squad.

      Even with heritage talent it is hard to see Lebanon advancing from their own ‘group of death’ so I think including as many domestic players as possible would be a good thing for their development.

      Scotland’s draw with New Zealand was a high point for them so who knows if they can reach it again.

      The way New Zealand have regressed under Kidwell has been alarming and it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Kiwis didn’t progress.

      I don’t expect them to not not top their group but… you never know.

      • August 5th 2017 @ 1:36pm
        Fred said | August 5th 2017 @ 1:36pm | ! Report

        Lebanon has a good story to tell. They probably have a better domestic footy competition than most of the other smaller nations.

    • August 5th 2017 @ 10:06am
      Al-Shazahd said | August 5th 2017 @ 10:06am | ! Report

      Lot of homegrown talent in that Scotland team. Love it.

      Euan Aitken and Kane Linnett probably can’t even name another Scottish city outside of Edinburgh/Glasgow or know the current first minister of Scotland.

      • August 5th 2017 @ 1:35pm
        Fred said | August 5th 2017 @ 1:35pm | ! Report

        As both Aitken and Linnet have previously represented Scotland and were in Scotland last year, I doubt that.

        Good on them I say. I was born in Australia but have Scottish heritage and if I was any good (which I’m not) I’d be honoured to represent the land of my ancestors, just as Aitken and Linnet are.

        • August 7th 2017 @ 12:47am
          matt jones said | August 7th 2017 @ 12:47am | ! Report

          i went there on a holiday, can i play?

          • Roar Guru

            August 7th 2017 @ 12:51am
            Sleiman Azizi said | August 7th 2017 @ 12:51am | ! Report

            If you qualify through either the grandparent or residency rule then yes, you can play for them.

            Good luck with the tryouts.

          • August 7th 2017 @ 5:50pm
            Baz said | August 7th 2017 @ 5:50pm | ! Report

            matt you’re well too over qualified to play. My nextdoor neighbour has a German Shepherd. I automatically qualify to play for Germany Then i can play for Fiji and then go back to Germany

            • August 7th 2017 @ 7:17pm
              Justin Kearney said | August 7th 2017 @ 7:17pm | ! Report

              You really have lost it this time.

              • August 7th 2017 @ 7:50pm
                Crosscoder said | August 7th 2017 @ 7:50pm | ! Report

                Did he really ever have it?

              • August 7th 2017 @ 8:36pm
                Baz said | August 7th 2017 @ 8:36pm | ! Report

                You’re right Justin how silly of me. Germany doesn’t have a Rugby League team. What was i thinking? But i know i can gather 20 fellas with German Shepherds so Germany can get a team and not feel left out

              • August 8th 2017 @ 5:44am
                Justin Kearney said | August 8th 2017 @ 5:44am | ! Report

                Seriously and i mean it. Get help bazmatt.

              • August 8th 2017 @ 6:03am
                Baz said | August 8th 2017 @ 6:03am | ! Report

                Whos the one responding to every comment? Help? Need much Justin??

              • August 8th 2017 @ 8:12am
                Crosscoder said | August 8th 2017 @ 8:12am | ! Report

                Baz You really fell into a hole once again’

                16th Aug 2016 Germany retain the Griffin Cup(rugby league)

                Germany had a narrow victory over the Netherlands in Rotterdam.8-6

                Now wait for it great “knowledgegeable” Baz/Mat the German players names”

                Mawuli Amefia,Jannek Hagenah,Frede Florian,Sebastian Peter,David Zielursch,Vivien Seelweger,Ingo Borgdorf,Karsten Bruning,Liam Doughton,Edward Briggs,Marc Zupan,Zak Bredin,Arn Falk,Felix Buhla,Rico Wall,JorgSchlarb,Joshua Leutenecker.

                Thank you linesmen, thank you bellboys.
                Oh but await according to our fountain of knowledge they must be all Oz expats.

                Mate go back to whichever sport you follow, because you’re clueless here.

              • August 8th 2017 @ 9:37am
                Baz said | August 8th 2017 @ 9:37am | ! Report

                Haha that will do me!

              • August 8th 2017 @ 11:56am
                Crosscoder said | August 8th 2017 @ 11:56am | ! Report

                So Baz ,nothing new to report by you, typical.

    • August 5th 2017 @ 10:31am
      Baz said | August 5th 2017 @ 10:31am | ! Report

      What happens if those players from Lebanon get picked for Australia? Or those “Scots” get picked to play for Australia or England?
      How good is a sport where you can pick and choose what country you play for and then go back to another country and play for them…

      • Roar Guru

        August 5th 2017 @ 12:28pm
        Sleiman Azizi said | August 5th 2017 @ 12:28pm | ! Report

        If you’re eligible then why not, though understandably not during the same campaign.

        Other sports offer multiple eligibility opportunities, not just rugby league.

        As for what happens if they were to get selected for tier one nations, that would depend on the player.

        Thanks for your input again Baz. Eventually you’ll get there 🙂

        • August 5th 2017 @ 1:04pm
          Justin Kearney said | August 5th 2017 @ 1:04pm | ! Report

          Baz is you know who!

      • August 5th 2017 @ 1:26pm
        Fred said | August 5th 2017 @ 1:26pm | ! Report

        Baz do you ever comment on articles about a sport that you follow?

        • August 6th 2017 @ 10:05am
          Justin Kearney said | August 6th 2017 @ 10:05am | ! Report

          Baz tells us he flies to england every other weekend to watch 4th division football. So we can safely assume he follows soccer. Oh and he makes stuff up!

          • August 6th 2017 @ 12:18pm
            Baz said | August 6th 2017 @ 12:18pm | ! Report

            Justin im not a soccer supporter.

            Sleiman what other real International sport can you chop and change what country you play for?

            • August 6th 2017 @ 1:19pm
              Crosscoder said | August 6th 2017 @ 1:19pm | ! Report

              Agitator perhaps? Rugby league hater? Lack research?
              No need for multiple choice, try all of these.

            • Roar Guru

              August 7th 2017 @ 12:33am
              Sleiman Azizi said | August 7th 2017 @ 12:33am | ! Report

              Cricket is a good example.

              ICC rules allow it. The main difference between it and rugby league, I think, is time between representations.

              However both sports recognise the difference between higher and lower tiered nations and make it more difficult to change between tier one nations than for the lower tiered ones.

              Thanks for playing Baz.

            • August 7th 2017 @ 8:56am
              Fred said | August 7th 2017 @ 8:56am | ! Report

              Rugby union loves not only nation swappers, but code-swapping nation swappers too – Craig Wing playing for Japan (LOL), Craig Gower playing for Italy (LOL) Ben Teo for England (LOL)

              • August 7th 2017 @ 5:53pm
                Baz said | August 7th 2017 @ 5:53pm | ! Report

                Fred did they go back to playing for another country?? All those you mentioned played for One country in Rah Rah. You can pick and change which “Countries” you play for in Rugby League. You know, if you cant play for Australia you can play for another and then go play for another country? Do you get it yet fred?

              • August 7th 2017 @ 7:52pm
                Crosscoder said | August 7th 2017 @ 7:52pm | ! Report

                Baz again you tell untruths.You have two choices ,you miss one ,you cannot chop and change to three or four.Now go and learn your subject matter, before returning to class.

              • August 7th 2017 @ 8:39pm
                Baz said | August 7th 2017 @ 8:39pm | ! Report

                Look up Eddie Pettibourne or Joseph Paulo or.. na i better not prove you wrong yet again.
                Hey crosscoder without me commenting it would look like nobody cares about International Rugby League. Its the same 4 of you convincing yourselves that its actually something worthwhile and legitimate. Wheres all the other Rugby League supporters defending it with you?

              • August 8th 2017 @ 5:45am
                Justin Kearney said | August 8th 2017 @ 5:45am | ! Report

                You use that same line under every id bazmat.

              • August 8th 2017 @ 8:19am
                Crosscoder said | August 8th 2017 @ 8:19am | ! Report

                Baz so the 400,000 whatever people who attended the RLWC in 2008 and help make the RLIF a profit of $5m,are in fact only 4 people here.

                Might I remind you ,for you, you got shot down stating Germany do not have a rl team, and as i indicated above, they beat Netherlands in October 2016.

                Please mate, you cite Pettybourne etc a couple of players .Their heritage players so bleeding what.We know there are heritage players involved in the RLWC, you are trying to tell us how to suck eggs.And there are decent numbers of local players involved,some countries more than others, get used to it.

                You continue to lie about players able to choose more than two countries.

                Either go back to your ru or AFL caves,wichever one pays you for performance fees, or continue to be ridiculed here by you repeating yourself over and over ,making at times unfactual assumptions, repeating the bleeding obvious ,and typing the constant bile against rl.

              • August 8th 2017 @ 9:41am
                Baz said | August 8th 2017 @ 9:41am | ! Report

                Hangon Crosscoder, i was an accused soccer supporter a few days ago? Which one is it?? Or is every sport conspiring against Rugby League? Is this why its non existent?

              • August 8th 2017 @ 11:58am
                Crosscoder said | August 8th 2017 @ 11:58am | ! Report

                Oh Baz/Mat,I’ll throw in soccer fan to complete the triad.
                One thing’s for sure you are not a rl fans by a long shot.
                You have a monster chip on your shoulder, nah more like a pine forest.

              • August 8th 2017 @ 5:10pm
                Baz said | August 8th 2017 @ 5:10pm | ! Report

                What if i support the three plus more? Its not illegal to do so it it?

      • August 8th 2017 @ 10:36am
        mushi said | August 8th 2017 @ 10:36am | ! Report

        Isn’t that just a more accurate reflection of how our cultural ties work. It’s now a widely academically supported view that people identify with more than one community based on heritage and their own movements.

        Why does sport need to adhere to a concept so outdated it makes the telegraph look like the most recent revolutionary step forward in communications.

        I believe it was Redford that said he loved sports movies because (paraphrasing) sport was the unscripted glory and struggle of life captured in just a couple of hours.

        So what good is a sport that bears no resemblance to the lives of the times in which it exists?

        • Roar Guru

          August 8th 2017 @ 10:44am
          Sleiman Azizi said | August 8th 2017 @ 10:44am | ! Report

          Those are some advanced thoughts there mushi.

          They may have flown by the grey matter of some.

    • August 5th 2017 @ 12:51pm
      klee Gluckman said | August 5th 2017 @ 12:51pm | ! Report

      Regressed under Kidwell. That’s an understatement. Kidwell rules out Marshall. That’s silly wait till the end of the year. If Marshall has a starring role in the Broncos campaign and then you just ignore him. By all means don’t select Marshall but ruling him out guarantees spots for others making them complacent. Foran isn’t on fire. Johnson hasn’t played for months. Marshall should be at least an option.

      • August 5th 2017 @ 3:59pm
        Kiwijack said | August 5th 2017 @ 3:59pm | ! Report

        Marshall should be considered brings so much experience. I think NZ should chase Ricky Stuart as the coach, Kidwell is a disappointment.

    • August 5th 2017 @ 1:25pm
      Fred said | August 5th 2017 @ 1:25pm | ! Report

      That Scotland team is a strong one with a good mix of NRL and Super League experience and youth.

      They held NZ to a draw last year and I reckon they can do even better this year.

      I would love it if NZ didn’t make it past the pool stage, and it is very possible with this Scotland squad and some strong Samoan and Tongan teams as well.

      I don’t know who will do better out of Lebanon and France in their pool. Aus and England are (should be) guaranteed to progress, so it will come down to Lebanon v France in Canberra.

      • August 7th 2017 @ 4:58pm
        matth said | August 7th 2017 @ 4:58pm | ! Report

        France would have the better depth you would think.

    • August 5th 2017 @ 11:35pm
      Yoda said | August 5th 2017 @ 11:35pm | ! Report

      Think the clue is in the sides these players play for?
      Not many from Scotland and not many from Lebanon,geez
      Bit of a joke really isn’t it chaps!!!,

      • Roar Guru

        August 6th 2017 @ 5:16am
        Sleiman Azizi said | August 6th 2017 @ 5:16am | ! Report

        May be the Force be with you Yoda…

        • August 7th 2017 @ 5:00pm
          matth said | August 7th 2017 @ 5:00pm | ! Report

          It gets so tiring doesn’t it? People, if you don’t like League and don’t rate the international competition, please, please just don’t comment. Then the real fans might have an intelligent conversation about the actual football.

      • August 6th 2017 @ 11:51am
        hutch said | August 6th 2017 @ 11:51am | ! Report

        4 of the Scottish team came through Scotland junior clubs and have moved onto professional clubs in England or amateur clubs in Australia.

        • August 6th 2017 @ 12:21pm
          Baz said | August 6th 2017 @ 12:21pm | ! Report

          Hutch have a look at the squads and try find a home born player. They are all Northern Englishmen mate just wake up. Scotland dont even have a National competition.. either does Australia for that argument

          • August 6th 2017 @ 1:13pm
            Crosscoder said | August 6th 2017 @ 1:13pm | ! Report

            Sometimes Baz/Mat you need to do your homework, being vague and generalising just doesn’t do it..

            Two players in the squad Lewis Clarke from Galashiels now at the Moore Park Broncos and Glaswegian Scott Plumbridge with the Mittagong Lions.These guys were two former Edinburgh Eagles players who progressed through the SRL pathway to earn 2015 European Championship caps who are testing themselves in Australia
            Liam Faughman played for the students in the Uni world cup.,and tried out for Glasgow Warriors ru club earlier this year.

            The one thing you got correct which is rare ,is the lack of a real National comp in Scotland,which IMO should have excluded them from being in the RLWC,until they got one.

            Australia NRL has an Australasian comp to be precise.NRL clubs anyway play premiership games in Adelaide and Perth and the N.T.. If that’s not national, then I’m not here.

            The same guy you made the comment ,no Fijian born players for the Bati’s squad.Why do you bother mate? For a start the storm winger is not Fijina born and bred LOL.

            • August 6th 2017 @ 4:59pm
              Baz said | August 6th 2017 @ 4:59pm | ! Report

              Crosscoder im sorry Vunivalu is born in Fiji i appologize. Now what about the other 30? Whats Semi doing? Playing for Australia or does he want to play for Fiji?

              • August 6th 2017 @ 5:11pm
                Crosscoder said | August 6th 2017 @ 5:11pm | ! Report

                Baz.That’s you homework ole son.You are so deeply interested in the origins of all the players,find some time in between giving us laughs here ,to research the extremely important matter.
                No need to say sorry,we understand the problem.

              • August 6th 2017 @ 6:38pm
                Baz said | August 6th 2017 @ 6:38pm | ! Report

                Thanks mate, but you didnt answer me what Semi is doing? Fiji? Australia? Im sure he’d qualify for Italy or Tonga or Ireland if he cant make Fiji or Aussie team

              • August 6th 2017 @ 6:43pm
                Justin Kearney said | August 6th 2017 @ 6:43pm | ! Report

                Thats about 100 i hate rugby league posts this weekend under this new id coco. That month off didn’t really help did it?

              • August 6th 2017 @ 8:40pm
                Baz said | August 6th 2017 @ 8:40pm | ! Report

                Where in any of my posts have i said i hate Rugby League?
                Are you the tolken guy on here that defends the sport to the death with name calling?

              • August 7th 2017 @ 7:20pm
                Justin Kearney said | August 7th 2017 @ 7:20pm | ! Report

                What is a ‘tolken guy’ bazmat.

              • August 7th 2017 @ 8:42pm
                Baz said | August 7th 2017 @ 8:42pm | ! Report

                The one guy Justin that cant think so just resorts to name calling in frustration. I calmly make statement and opinions on here and you fire back with name calling. Each to there own but its a tad embarrassing for a 60 year old

              • Roar Guru

                August 7th 2017 @ 12:40am
                Sleiman Azizi said | August 7th 2017 @ 12:40am | ! Report

                As far as I am aware, Semi is only eligible for Fiji (citizen) and Australia (residency).

                As for who he wants to play for, like many who have loyalties to more than one place, I would imagine that Semi would be proud to represent either nation.

              • August 7th 2017 @ 9:11am
                Crosscoder said | August 7th 2017 @ 9:11am | ! Report

                Baz me ole China, the last I heard about Semi he was heading off to France to play union.You need to keep posted with all your social media sources or sauces .

                Well he can’t qualify for italy or Tonga for a start.A rather delusive, misguided,unfactual and just plain erroneous suggestion Baz.You do not understand the heritage rulings.It;s either Fiji or Australia.So again another silly response.

                If one can’t discern sporting hate messages within a library full of posts by one solitary poster, then one needs to attend OPSM promptly.

              • August 7th 2017 @ 5:57pm
                Baz said | August 7th 2017 @ 5:57pm | ! Report

                But crosscoder im sure he’s visited Tonga and knows an Italian? Thats all he needs isn’t it?

              • August 7th 2017 @ 5:38pm
                duecer said | August 7th 2017 @ 5:38pm | ! Report

                I do think that this is a valid discussion point. By having countries with virtually no home grown players, I fear you are undermining countries that do have a majority of home grown players. One of the aims of RLIF should be to get to the strength it once had 40-50 years ago – with a strong playing base in England and France and a good base in Wales, therefore 5 competitive nations – imagine having that now instead of the same 2 and on rare occasions 3 teams? How is this helped by having former or near NRL standard players taking on genuine domestic teams?

              • August 7th 2017 @ 7:56pm
                Crosscoder said | August 7th 2017 @ 7:56pm | ! Report

                Yeah sure mat ,you’ve had a bad day and .
                I’m sure he’s(Semi) visited south of the Qld border and been given advice by you on rugby league, and came away knowing less than when he arrived.

                You’re a fountain of non knowledge.

                Do you get paid to hijack rugby league threads and get away with it? You’re a joke melad.I suggest few if any rl fans bother going onto RU and or AFL threads to carry online like a teenager.No wonder you have been banned form Telegraph social media.

              • August 7th 2017 @ 8:45pm
                Baz said | August 7th 2017 @ 8:45pm | ! Report

                I dont read the Telegraph Crosscoder. You dont either you keep telling us?
                League players belting women is not my cup of tea so id rather stick to Fairfax

              • August 8th 2017 @ 5:49am
                Justin Kearney said | August 8th 2017 @ 5:49am | ! Report

                That is because the telegraph vanned you bazmat from commenting on their forums. And you are banned from countless facebook pages and also banned from league unlimited. This is all you have left.

              • August 8th 2017 @ 6:09am
                Baz said | August 8th 2017 @ 6:09am | ! Report

                Justin you have the wrong bloke. Im gonna take a look at League Unlimited now. Thanks for introducing me to it. Now give me some names of what social media sites i have been banned from so i can visit them to.
                Just a tad insecure Justin? When will you realise there is more than one person that is sceptical over this? Fair dinkum

              • August 8th 2017 @ 7:44am
                Crosscoder said | August 8th 2017 @ 7:44am | ! Report

                Baz I have to report,I have zero trust or confidence in anything you have stated here.
                Because as your former self Mat,yoi have history to show for it.

                There is quite a decent rl competition in Tonga ,a code given the nod of official approval from the ATT King of Tpnga.

                So do trot off there sometimes mate, you may learn something,becuase you are bereft of ideas here.

                NB .The only insecure people, are those who spend the best part of their lives ,pouring scorn in a rugby league thread a code they despise.

              • August 8th 2017 @ 9:44am
                Baz said | August 8th 2017 @ 9:44am | ! Report

                I love League Crosscoder. There isnt one post of mine saying i hate Rugby League. I go to games every 2nd weekend i just cant stand this bile you, Justin,Riley and Sleiman try slam down us regular supporters throats. Its absolute crap

              • Roar Guru

                August 8th 2017 @ 9:47am
                Sleiman Azizi said | August 8th 2017 @ 9:47am | ! Report

                What bile have I tried to slam down on you Baz?

              • August 8th 2017 @ 9:37am
                duecer said | August 8th 2017 @ 9:37am | ! Report

                As seems to be the usual case, all replies since my attempt to raise a valid discussion have been hijacked by insults and have nothing to do with the topic at hand. It’s all very well calling someone a teenager, but by going down this route you are placing yourself in the same category.

              • August 8th 2017 @ 11:59am
                Crosscoder said | August 8th 2017 @ 11:59am | ! Report

                And i love skydiving without a parachute Mat.

                It is indeed an opinion piece, and my opinion is you are here not to express an opinion but to hijack any thread on rl overseas. or here.
                You set the standard with your swipes ,so expect similar responses.

              • August 8th 2017 @ 1:49pm
                Crosscoder said | August 8th 2017 @ 1:49pm | ! Report

                I understand where you are coming from, but you are either not aware or do not realise the guy who comes onto this thread and others,is not here for constructive criticism but to thread jack.He has a history of so doing and constant change of name to do so.

                Hence the response, and if the mods won’t do anything about it, why should he be allowed to just simply carry on unchallenged.

                There is genuine criticism ,constructive criticism or just plain code sniping.His contributions do not fall into the former two.

          • Roar Guru

            August 7th 2017 @ 12:44am
            Sleiman Azizi said | August 7th 2017 @ 12:44am | ! Report

            The national in NRL refers to governance and administraion of the code.

            Rugby league is played nationally.

            Like many, you are confusing the location of professional clubs for state based ones.

            • August 7th 2017 @ 7:24pm
              Justin Kearney said | August 7th 2017 @ 7:24pm | ! Report

              Bazmat has enough trouble remembering which id he is posting under and which lies he has told. Poor bloke has completely lost it an the world cup is still 2 months away. If you think he is acting unhinged now just imagine what he’ll be like in 2 months.

              • August 7th 2017 @ 8:47pm
                Baz said | August 7th 2017 @ 8:47pm | ! Report

                Justin have i once called you a name? Whos the one unhinged? Hook line and sinker you and Crosscoder!

              • August 8th 2017 @ 5:51am
                Justin Kearney said | August 8th 2017 @ 5:51am | ! Report

                I havent called you any names bazmat i gave simply pointed out you are an unhinged pathological liar.

              • August 8th 2017 @ 7:52am
                Crosscoder said | August 8th 2017 @ 7:52am | ! Report

                Baz .If your think I’ve called you names ,then you don’t; know me.And you haven’t been called names.

                If showing your ignorance,showing your dislike for rl,your baseless comments, and just plain unfactual generalisations,means I’m not user friendly, by agreeing with your views (which are designed for one reason only to pour scorn and point score),I do not apologise because that is a sign of being a thread jacker.
                You have history fort doing such here time after time.

                It’s is indeed an opinion site ,but opinions that are false both in assumptions and deliberate and are used to snipe at a code that you obviously dislike, expect a reaction.You won’t get nodding heads of agreement here mate,

              • August 8th 2017 @ 7:56am
                Justin Kearney said | August 8th 2017 @ 7:56am | ! Report

                I like the fact he took a month off, got yet another new id, yet within 24 hours was spewing the same garbage. Apart from his id the only other difference is his new collection of lies. One can only imagine the levels of hysteria he will reach in two months time. I will enjoy the view!

              • August 8th 2017 @ 9:45am
                Baz said | August 8th 2017 @ 9:45am | ! Report

                Crosscoder you dont call names Justin you just cant help yourself. These are opinion articles and those you dont agree on you abuse

              • August 8th 2017 @ 1:43pm
                Crosscoder said | August 8th 2017 @ 1:43pm | ! Report

                Check your comments from the very first day you arrived on rl threads,and you wonder why you get the responses you do.
                Play with fire as the saying goes.
                You don’t offer constructive opinions, you offer agitation,and throw in many unfactual statements in so doing.

                Plenty of people on rl threads ,criticise and i don;t agree with many of their views, but they provide constructive and realistic criticism, and I respond on very few instances.

      • Roar Guru

        August 7th 2017 @ 12:47am
        Sleiman Azizi said | August 7th 2017 @ 12:47am | ! Report

        The sides they play for is not an indication of who they can represent on the national level.

        Thanks Yoda.

        Your midi-chlorian count just dropped 🙂

        • August 7th 2017 @ 9:17pm
          Go warriors said | August 7th 2017 @ 9:17pm | ! Report

          Baz why does is it bother you so much if teams are made up of domestic players or heritage players. You seem to be the only one that cares which is surprising considering it is obvious you are not a rl fan. At the end of the day it is up to the coaches and selectors to pick their best available side whether it be domestic or heritage players or a combination of both.

          As much it annoys you this world cup will go ahead. It is projected to make millions in profit which will then be used to further develop the sport around the world. You say nobody cares however there will be millions of people from many different countries tuning into their tvs. There will be thousands of passionate fans attending the games spread across 3 countries.

          Sit back and enjoy the games on tv. There will be some cracking games. I know I will enjoy it.

          • August 7th 2017 @ 10:11pm
            Baz said | August 7th 2017 @ 10:11pm | ! Report

            But Warrior thats the thing. How does it develop the sport across the World when 90% of the players in the tournament are from 3 countries?
            Which many countries will be tuned in?
            PNG, Northern England, QLD, NSW, Auckland?
            Now honestly outside of those areas where are these millions watching it from?

            • August 7th 2017 @ 10:47pm
              Go warriors said | August 7th 2017 @ 10:47pm | ! Report

              Baz where do you get the 90% figure from. I take it is just another one of your made up figures. You do also realise the PNG and French teams will be made of local players.

              I will tell you how it will develop the sport internationaly. When the tournaments makes millions of dollars in profits these funds will be spread around the world setting up grassroots etc.

              You do also realise when you combine the population of Northern England, Southern France, PNG, NZ, NSW and QLD you are talking many millions of people.

              • August 8th 2017 @ 6:13am
                Baz said | August 8th 2017 @ 6:13am | ! Report

                Heres your 90%- Fijians, Samoans and Tongans are all born in either Australia or NZ.
                Scotland,Wales and Ireland are just about all Yorkshiremen with a couple of Aussies.
                USA are all Maoris
                PNG and France are where your 10% come born outside those countries

              • August 8th 2017 @ 7:48am
                Crosscoder said | August 8th 2017 @ 7:48am | ! Report

                If that’s research mate, you have a real problem.Understanding the meaning of the word for a start ,would do won hers.

                My 12 year old would .look at that saying, how old is this kid?

            • August 8th 2017 @ 9:03am
              Cathar Treize said | August 8th 2017 @ 9:03am | ! Report

              According to the fake rugby union TV viewing figures for their world cup a few years ago, finally revealed by the media , it was revealed 95% of those viewing the final figures came from the usual 5 rugby union playing countries. Did you have a shot at union at the time?

              • August 8th 2017 @ 11:16am
                clipper said | August 8th 2017 @ 11:16am | ! Report

                Where’s the links for this so called ‘fake rugby TV viewing figures’?
                Are you trying to say that Japan, which is not a usual rugby nation did not have sizable figures, especially when they won against SA? I think Japan alone would’ve made up 5%

              • August 8th 2017 @ 1:36pm
                Crosscoder said | August 8th 2017 @ 1:36pm | ! Report

                The comment was either made from memory by Paul Gregor or Stu Wilson in the NZ Herald about the RWC Final in France 2007.The TV viewing figures were analysed just after the RWC report came out, and he stated of that audience, 93% came from the 5 major rugby playing nations.
                Then went on to state,on those figures there is a lot more work for rugby to do.
                That’s his view not ours.
                What has happened since ,is a different horse, but I suggest the majority would still be from those same nations.

              • August 8th 2017 @ 2:18pm
                clipper said | August 8th 2017 @ 2:18pm | ! Report

                … so not the most recent WC and just one off the cuff statement, not hard evidence and you accuse me of false and misleading facts.

              • August 10th 2017 @ 9:45am
                Crosscoder said | August 10th 2017 @ 9:45am | ! Report

                The response was to show you(as you wanted source) there was such a comment made by journalist people in NZ about the 2007 Cup.
                They referred to the TV figures of the final

                The point is the vast majority of their viewers are from the 5 major playing countries.That hasn’t changed.
                You don’t need rocket science England/NZ/Sth Africa/Australia/France.
                Japan a one off due too their last WC efforts.

                False and misleading LOL that was the statement made circa 2007/8 when the RWC report came out.It was in the NZ Herald.I couldn’t care less one way or another.

                I accuse you of no real interest in rl ,as you hate rl with an intensity.
                Reniforced by your intended negative appearances on rl International threads .

            • Roar Guru

              August 8th 2017 @ 9:57am
              Sleiman Azizi said | August 8th 2017 @ 9:57am | ! Report

              The rationale is that it generates more media and sponsorship interest to have reasonably competitive teams in an international tournament rather than blowouts.

              It may very well be better to use only local players and just accept the thrashings and the odd upset. I can’t really disagree with that approach and if taken I would still support it.

              It’s true that league relies more on heritage players but the rules they use are similar to the rules other sports use. After years of neglect international league is playing catch up and is doing reasonably well in it.

              But heritage players don’t negate the reality and existence of the domestic leagues. Nations can’t compete or even try and qualify for these tournaments if they do not have these leagues and governing bodies to oversee them.

              You are arguing that if the glass is half full, one should empty it out so that it matches the empty half of it.

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