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Ideas for International game

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#61 thirteenthman

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 04:53 PM

Some of Steve Mascords comments on a few different topics have been a little odd lately, certainly for someone who knows the International game better than most. His comments about sides stacked with expats is bizarre considering the number of full member nations who do exactly that at every WC. And the idea of the 'well organised South Africa' making the WC might sound nice, but is a nation that doesn't even play full Internationals ready for the elevation.


The notion of getting the 'strongest nations' to the WC would be laudible if when they got there they didn't just fly a plane load of Aussies, Kiwis and Englishmen in. Unless of course Mascord is saying that in the qualifiers it's not OK to play heritage players, but when you actually reach the WC, pick as many as you want. Interesting to see what the RLIF decide with this.

#62 londonrlfan

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 05:41 PM

Also, it has to be said what about Wales? If you're not allowed to pick 'full time players', does that rule out the likes of Ben Flower, Lloyd White, Rhys Evans etc.from helping them to qualify? The RLIF needs to understand the difference between heritage players and products of that countries development system. Though I agree, it is about time they cut down on the ridiculous number of heritage players being used. A team full of 17 Aussies isn't international sport. 

#63 thirteenthman

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 06:08 PM

I'd assume the article is just badly written by Steve, and really only refers to the likes of Italy flying in Aussies for qualifiers, which I think is what nations like Russia object to. If you have full time players in your country, then there wouldn't be a problem with that. The reference to playing in July, I assume, simply refers to the fact it would be more difficult to fly heritage players out to Europe mid season that it would be in October.