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#2977496 Amnrl officially dead

Posted by Copa on 15 August 2014 - 06:54 AM

Latest up date in today's SMH:

 

 

Parramatta Eels star Joseph Paulo's role as US Tomahawks captain under threat as AMNRL bows out

 

 

 

The Rugby League International Federation has been asked to help ensure Parramatta star Joseph Paulo's position as USA Tomahawks captain does not come under threat and other NRL-based players are not excluded after the American National Rugby League decided to cede control of the game to the rival USA Rugby League.

The decision was made in a bid to end the civil war over the game in the US, which had resulted in the Tomahawks being the only team to make the quarter-finals at last year's World Cup not guaranteed entry to the 2017 tournament in Australia and New Zealand due to the split between the rival bodies.

The performance of the Tomahawks inspired The Wiggles to record the internet hit USA Tomahawks Shock The World, which called for "President Obama ... to carve the face of Joseph Paulo on Mt Rushmore".

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Stars in stripes: Joseph Paulo in action for the US during the Rugby League World Cup last year. Photo: Getty Images

But in a letter to RLIF chairman Nigel Wood, AMNRL chairman Robert Balachandran said his organisation had missed out on the opportunity to capitalise on the success of the Paulo-led Tomahawks at the World Cup as sponsors would not commit without a guarantee the team would feature on television coverage of the tournament.

The AMNRL has been losing ground domestically since several clubs broke away in 2011 to form the rebel USARL competition and Balachandran said his organisation – founded 18 years ago by former St George halfback David Niu – felt the move was the only way for the game to grow domestically and on the international stage.

Balachandran said he hoped the USARL would continue the development work of the AMNRL, which included a Test in Hawaii last month against Samoa and other matches featuring NSW Country and Hawaii.

He also asked for the RLIF to ensure Paulo remained as captain of the Tomahawks, and players such as Eels teammate Bureta Faraimo, Wests Tigers hooker Joel Luani, Newcastle forward Clint Newton and Wigan second-rower Eddy Pettybourne are considered for selection following criticism by USARL officials of the selection of heritage players in the World Cup squad.

The AMNRL also wants former Warriors, Panthers and Raiders coach Matthew Elliott to retain his position as head coach.

Other requests were for the annual Test against Samoa in Hawaii to continue, with the match tentatively set down for June 20 next year, and the remaining six AMNRL clubs to be accepted into the USARL competition.

"We started the game of rugby league in the USA as we loved the game and its cultural values and hoped other Americans would embrace it and it would grow to become a major sport," Balachandran said. "We are proud of all we have achieved from the day David Niu grabbed some mates and started to pass a ball around to now being a top-10 ranked nation.

"We don’t want to see the game held back as it is now because of the differences of the two groups. We want to see the game grow domestically and for the USA Tomahawks to remain a force on the world stage. We don't want to see petty jealousy impact on what we have achieved."

Balachandran said he hoped the pioneering work of Niu would one day be officially recognised by the RLIF.



Read more: http://www.smh.com.a...l#ixzz3ARMnH519

The USARL can choose who they want to be captain and team members .. ...




#2974566 US v Canada result is in...

Posted by Copa on 10 August 2014 - 10:14 AM

Canada win.

52-14

7356 spectators

Source https://mobile.twitter.com/CanadaRL


#2974478 PNG and Fiji domestic comp winners to play each other - the Melanesian Cup

Posted by Copa on 09 August 2014 - 11:03 PM

Great initiative.. more opportunities for Fijian locals to get great rugby league experiences, especially with a trip to rugby league mad png.

http://www.fijitimes....aspx?id=276914


#2961977 rugby league romance novels

Posted by Copa on 20 July 2014 - 08:48 AM

One for the romantics.

Is this the first time this type of product has been created?

Quite amusing really.

http://donnagallaghe...league-romance/


#2949637 Daniel Vidot - Depressing International RL story

Posted by Copa on 25 June 2014 - 01:44 PM

Queenslander wants to play for queensland.

Samoa were blessed to have him when they did.


#2944282 vasectomy

Posted by Copa on 13 June 2014 - 09:52 PM

My doctor told me to "clean the pipes" around 16 times (don't know how he got that number) before any unprotected action (and a sperm count check, which I didn't get done). It was the most interesting direction I've ever received from a medical professional.


#2898252 "Oh Papua New Guinea"

Posted by Copa on 13 March 2014 - 07:22 AM

Great stuff. Was this game televised in PNG ?

articles from a few weeks back say a new tv station was launched of the back of the hunters and all their games in oz and png will be televised...estimated audience - 2 million.


#2897576 Attending NRL matches in Sydney

Posted by Copa on 11 March 2014 - 10:54 PM

Buy in advance and print out your ticket.  This year trains to ANZ are free if you have a ticket and it might be the same next year too. The stadium is a short walk from the station. 

 

You can buy at the grounds but you may be stuck in a line waiting with all the others buying on the day.

Not being a sydneysider I have only been to a 2 grounds there...  the Sydney Football Stadium and the Olympic Stadium (Homebush).  Both are easy to get to on game day for someone staying in a central area of sydney.

Another option is to watch a game in Gosford (On the Central Coast).  Their stadium is right near the train station which is a one hour 20 minute ride from Sydney's Central station.
 




#2896425 Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie sanguine about Andrew Fifita’s decision to stay...

Posted by Copa on 10 March 2014 - 10:34 AM

Fifita played in the Brumbies academy. Yet another player atracted to rugby league from union. A common story in Australia.


#2894950 "Oh Papua New Guinea"

Posted by Copa on 08 March 2014 - 06:17 AM

24 to 16. Well done Hunters


#2894309 North South divide from Sydney

Posted by Copa on 07 March 2014 - 03:59 AM

I can't be arsed debating the same rubbish but......needless to say Union isn't "minor" and Burgess will make a lot more money that he would have in League.....no loss to RL and good luck to him.

The site rules about Union are quite clear........if you don't want to discuss it, then don't mention it.

she said it is a minor sport in oz. It is minor compared to rl and afl...that's not controversial or argumentative...it's well known.


#2891589 vasectomy

Posted by Copa on 02 March 2014 - 06:48 PM

Mine was done in the doctor's surgery after hours. Just the doc and I and some local anaesthetic. It was tender for a while but no real hassles except for when I went 10 pin bowling when shifting those heavy weights around brought some pain.


#2888538 Bradford Bulls deducted 6 points & purchasers withdraw

Posted by Copa on 25 February 2014 - 09:31 PM

P&R - keeping investors away?


#2886315 The team with the highest tv ratings...

Posted by Copa on 22 February 2014 - 09:49 PM

PNG Hunters.

Predicting atleast 2 million viewers per game in the Queensland Cup. Amazing. This is a great article about the introduction of this new team and how huge this is in PNG.

http://mobile.news.c...l-1226834834360


#2884415 Well that is the rule,.

Posted by Copa on 20 February 2014 - 11:00 AM

This website is obsessed about keeping cross code discussion to an elite few. Now, that seems to go against what rugby league is all about. it also suggests there's a fear from the owners of this forum.

Who are the rugger followers who enjoy this indulgence? 

The approval for entry seems to be based on a criteria that is something the CIA or IRB would find byzantine.

The parties we have in there are awesome... you're really missing out.