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#3016663 PNG-Tonga

Posted by Copa on Today, 12:39 AM

Some match action. http://m.youtube.com...eature=youtu.be

#3016186 Stand up to Cancer

Posted by Copa on Yesterday, 06:46 AM

Very scary. My father died of lung cancer aged 39. As I approached that age I got quite scared. It's really made me appreciate life a lot more.

#3014230 Canadian team apply to join Championship 1 (merged threads)

Posted by Copa on 15 October 2014 - 08:35 AM

The crowd loves it!!

thats awesome! The "glory line!"

#3014021 Ben Flower banned for 6 months

Posted by Copa on 14 October 2014 - 06:30 PM

Wow. You guys are lenient in SL.

#3013283 Canadian team apply to join Championship 1 (merged threads)

Posted by Copa on 13 October 2014 - 06:33 PM

Will they sell poutine at the stadium?
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#3012834 Straight Red for punching is killing the game and turning fans away

Posted by Copa on 13 October 2014 - 09:44 AM

so it must just be players/ex players that the game is putting off with the way they have clamped down.
Your missing the point, a punch is better than the niggly/play acting football type play we are starting to see.

Johns & Fitler must be wrong then.

They are wrong. Punches scare away decent sponsors and potential fans.

Glorifying bare knuckle fighting and thuggery is a sign of cultural problems both within a team and within the fans who love it.

#3012018 Ben Flower Sending Off / Reaction / Apology (merged threads)

Posted by Copa on 12 October 2014 - 07:19 AM

I think

Punching – sustained, repeated, violent &

Grade E offense - 4 - 8 Games.

He's been cited 5 times already this year, but each time it was no charge. So I would think 6 games would be the likely outcome. As his record would indicate no previous charge in the year.

more like 4 to 8 months in prison.

#3004361 Great footage from Fiji - news broadcast

Posted by Copa on 29 September 2014 - 11:15 AM


Great short piece about Fiji entering the new cup. It includes footage from the Fijian domestic grand final. Played in front of a very vocal crowd.

#3000904 Gary Hetherington emails all super league clubs saying Carney shouldn't b...

Posted by Copa on 23 September 2014 - 08:27 AM

If Carney behaves and plays to his potential he will boost the value and attraction of super league. It will benefit many clubs.

#2989633 England to face New Zealand in 2015

Posted by Copa on 06 September 2014 - 09:21 PM

According to nz media the rfl asked both Samoa and NZ. They are also trying to get Wembley. http://i.stuff.co.nz...-for-Kiwis-tour

#2987499 World Club Series 2015 (merged threads)

Posted by Copa on 03 September 2014 - 09:09 AM

but this expanded version is only going to be played when we host the WCC...the aussies are just gonna host a regular 1 game WCC

they have to start at the beginning. It will be interesting to see how this pans out over the next decade.

#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".


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.


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.


#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.