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  1. Pulga

    RLIF Announce 8 year Cycle

    The Americas Championship is (and has been for a while) every year. It just looks like the RLIF are throwing some money at it.
  2. I'm going to have to stop you right there.
  3. Correct. It has nothing to do with club form. If anyone from Australia or Tonga get it it's a farce. Has to be a New Zealander or Englishman. Or, even better, a smaller nation that has played more games this year.
  4. Can't believe there are any Aussies on the list. I'd maybe excuse Tedesco because he was man of the match once. But Australia has played two games this year with one loss. Tonga is the same. How about a Spanish player? Or a player that was in the emerging nations?
  5. https://www.raiders.com.au/news/2018/10/30/canberras-english-duo-and-kiwis-stars-vying-for-golden-boot/
  6. Pulga

    Niue v Italy

    Apparently it was supposed to be Italy v Samoa but Samoa couldn't get themselves together. Niue stepped in at late notice.
  7. Oh man, I voted before I read that. I vote England. Great Britain don't accrue ranking points so aren't really playing "internationals".
  8. What's up with Great Britain? Am I the only one who thinks it's a waste of ranking points? Just have England. I'd be all for seeing Australia get toppled off the top of the world rankings.
  9. Correct. In saying that 20+ boys were born in Latin America. Colombia's whole team was born in Colombia.
  10. Yes mate, it was sanctioned. I don't like the term "friendly", but it was a test match. El Salvador (Rank 37) defeated Colombia (Rank 40) 48-10 at Rochedale in Brisbane. Scoring details: EL SALVADOR 48 (Mikey Maatouk 2, Alvaro Alarcon 2, Carlos Reyes Kiwi Kiwi 2, Albert Maatouk, Anthony Maatouk, Sebastian Schubert tries; Oscar Mendoza 4, Michael Zamora-Rivera, Francisco Godinez goals) def COLOMBIA 10 (Jose Vasquez, Jose Rivera tries; Nicolas Perico Daza goal). If you have any more questions I'm happy to fill you in.
  11. https://streamable.com/j4766 Mikey Maatouk with the chip to himself on his debut. El Salvador beat Colombia 48 - 10. It was a great day out.
  12. Pulga

    Australia vs Tonga

    I'd say the Tongan forwards are much better. But Australia has some good players in key positions. If Tonga can bash them for the first 20 minutes Australia could fold. They lack the composure that players like Smith, Cronk and Thurston were so good at.
  13. It certainly looks bad compared to the NRL with all but 4 teams winning it since '98. The problem is the business side of things. Most clubs can't spend their full salary cap. There are the 3 or 4 that can and they are the ones who have won the final. The English's difficulty in growing the game and therefore the money involved is what's holding it back.