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thirteenthman

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In Topic: France should be in four nations

07 November 2014 - 05:08 PM

The fact that Catalans are in France, Catalonian national aspirations notwithstanding, means that in spite of SL membership they are still subject to the French RL and should be releasing their players for France and, indeed , it should be compulsory for them to do so just as English clubs must release their players for England. 

 

 

And Catalans Dragons do release players for international duty. But if those players decline to make themselves available for selection due to injury, surgery or simply because they feel they need a long off season, there's precious little the French Federation can do about it. In just the same way the Welsh team are without several SL players who for whatever reason are not available. You could then shift the blame onto the players themselves, but perhaps they might ask more of the games authorities who seem happy to have players playing an ever more demanding game for 10 months of the year. 


In Topic: France should be in four nations

06 November 2014 - 11:15 AM

 

What have they done to help themselves? Have they arranged tours themselves? What games have they staged?

 

I'd agree with much of what you say Dave but, to be fair, France were planning on travelling to NZ next year for their first tour there in many a year, only for the RFL to persuade the Kiwis that it would be better for them to come here on tour instead. 


In Topic: Not having neutral refs makes the sport look like a shambles!

05 November 2014 - 09:00 AM

What I find staggering is that a few days before major internationals, we're having a committee meeting to decide on who the referees are going to be. The fact that there is still no process to enforce neutral referees is frankly unbelievable. What might be an idea would be if the RLIF was actually given some jurisdiction over the international game outside World Cups, so some proper rules can be laid down on these kinds of things. 


In Topic: France should be in four nations

03 November 2014 - 11:47 AM

The 2016 4N is supposedly the last one anyway, so it won't really matter. We're apparently getting an 8 team tournament in the middle year between World Cups with tours and/or World Nines in the other years.

 

I agree entirely, and it's a challenge, especially as the likes of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga possibly don't have the capacity to run their own domestic competitions. The solution I suppose would be islands teams in the Qld/NSW/NZNC competitions, like PNG Hunters, for instance, but the cost in travel alone could be prohibitive.

 

Fiji, Tonga and Samoa do have domestic competitions and Fiji are getting a team in the NSW Cup in 2016. 


In Topic: 01/11/14 - New Zealand v Samoa KO 3am (GMT)

01 November 2014 - 07:03 PM

Cracking match, shame about the referee. I've never thought much of Ben Roberts as a halfback, and I would've liked Samoa to go with Penani Manumalealii instead - he played in last years World Cup and against Fiji earlier this year. Hopefully he'll get his chance next week.