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  1. Sirs/Madams, I'm working on a song adaptation to be casually performed in the privacy of my own home before kick off tomorrow morning and I wondered if you could advise me regarding how many years of hurt we've had. I mean to say how many years is it since England RL, or GB, won anything? Thanks in advance for your assistance in this matter. One lion on a shirt Barrière still gleaming BLANK years of hurt Never stopped me dreaming
  2. Been following the selections for the state of origin and one thing that leaps out at me is how they seem comfortable selecting their talented players out of position. Whisper the possibility of this on here for England and you'll be shouted down and feel like apologising for being so stupid. Our national team went crazily the wrong way a decade ago with I think 5 loose forwards in a team at one point, and we us avoiding picking any natural stand offs for series after series, so that's where I suspect most of our aversion comes from understandably. That being said, I think we'd be shortsighted not to even consider trying to find places for our best players who might happen to play the club game in the same positions. Perhaps by the end of the year we will be looking at some of our best players being Hardaker, Tomkins, Gale, Widdop and Williams, for instance, whereas we might be struggling to fill some other positions. For me it's about the overall blend of the team and getting the right balance rather than dogmatically sticking to rigid club positions or going the other way entirely. Form and fitness permitting (v early days for Tomkins) I'd have all 5 of the above stars in the 17 rather than picking someone else who is solid rather than spectacular. No doubt plenty will dispute these are actually stars but that shouldn't devalue the overall suggestion that perhaps we can play a player or two out of position for the national team. If it's good enough for QLD and NSW...
  3. Am quite excited about the mid season international given how well the league is going this year and the form of some of our Aussie based players. We have some great centres in Sarg, Percy, Olly, and Shenton - but they are all left-sided players. All with good left foot steps and right arm fends. And in the half backs we have real talent and form with Widdop, Gale and Williams - but they are all left-sides players too. All playing very similarly down the left with the occasional foray down the middle or right only. Even when you think about some of the other options like Brown, McGuire or even Bateman and Currie these too are lefties. So much slimmer pickings down the right with only the likes of Smith, Ratchford and the ultimate curate's egg Watkins. The only ones who can play anywhere across the width appear to be ball-playing locks or full backs. Odd that the game has evolved that way rather than inside and outside players, and I am not sure who of the above would best placed to become either a rightie or a free-roaming player.
  4. Frank Pritchard is out of the mid-season test, but eligibility changes give Samoa their strongest squad ever. England as underdogs? Samoa could give the whole World Cup a shake if they can develop some of these combinations. Shout out if I've missed any: 1. Young Tonumaipea 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Joey Leilua 4. Tim Lafai 5. Antonio Winterstein 6. Ben Roberts 7. Anthony Milford 8. Sam Kasiano 9. Kaysa Pritchard 10. Junior Paulo 11. Sia Soliola 12. Sione Mata'utia 13. Josh McGuire 14. Leeson Ah Mau 15. Jesse Sue 16. Issac Liu 17. Nu Brown Leilua, McGuire seem most likely to get Aussie call-ups. Kasiano might get NZ interest. But there's plenty of depth. NRL: Pat Vai Vai, Kirisome Au'ava, Frank Winterstein, Raymond Faitala-Mariner, Bunty Afoa, Sam Lisone, Ken Maumalo, Peter Mata'utia, Pat Mata'utia, Chanel Mata'utia, Daniel Vidot, Matt Wright, Peta Godinet, Erin Clark, Mason Lino SL: Krisnan Inu, Harrison Hanson, Willie Isa, Junior Moors, Lama Tasi. Thomas Lealuai has Samoan heritage so might be a veteran presence if overlooked by NZ.
  5. In July 2017, England Universities will take part in the Student Rugby League World Cup which takes place in Sydney, Australia. The team is made up of the best student Rugby League players in the country and participation in the squad is self-funded. Each player and member of the volunteer coaching and management team is responsible for raising money for themselves to cover UK-based training and friendly games, kit and equipment, flights, accommodation, travel, insurance and tournament participation fees. The whole squad will be working hard to fundraise the £110k needed for the trip through selling sponsorship, Community Game Raffle Tickets and staging events, but all donations will go a long way to reducing the cost of taking part in the tournament for the players. England Universities Head Coach, Colin Baker, said: "Please give generously and play your part in sending England Universities Rugby League Team to the Student Rugby League World Cup in 2017! "The student game has been a rich source of players for both the professional and regonal leagues and is one of the major recruitment areas into our game. "Anyone who witnessed the Student Rugby League World Cup in 2013 will know the quality of the competition and the importance of helping our England team as prepared as it can be!" Donate now at www.gofundme.com/englandunirl
  6. In July 2017, England Universities will take part in the Student Rugby League World Cup which takes place in Sydney, Australia. The team is made up of the best student Rugby League players in the country and participation in the squad is self-funded. Each player and member of the volunteer coaching and management team is responsible for raising money for themselves to cover UK-based training and friendly games, kit and equipment, flights, accommodation, travel, insurance and tournament participation fees. The whole squad will be working hard to fundraise the £110k needed for the trip through selling sponsorship, Community Game Raffle Tickets and staging events, but all donations will go a long way to reducing the cost of taking part in the tournament for the players. England Universities Head Coach, Colin Baker, said: "Please give generously and play your part in sending England Universities Rugby League Team to the Student Rugby League World Cup in 2017! "The student game has been a rich source of players for both the professional and regonal leagues and is one of the major recruitment areas into our game. "Anyone who witnessed the Student Rugby League World Cup in 2013 will know the quality of the competition and the importance of helping our England team as prepared as it can be!" Donate now at www.gofundme.com/englandunirl
  7. In July 2017, England Universities will take part in the Student Rugby League World Cup which takes place in Sydney, Australia. The team is made up of the best student Rugby League players in the country and participation in the squad is self-funded. Each player and member of the volunteer coaching and management team is responsible for raising money for themselves to cover UK-based training and friendly games, kit and equipment, flights, accommodation, travel, insurance and tournament participation fees. The whole squad will be working hard to fundraise the £110k needed for the trip through selling sponsorship, Community Game Raffle Tickets and staging events, but all donations will go a long way to reducing the cost of taking part in the tournament for the players. England Universities Head Coach, Colin Baker, said: "Please give generously and play your part in sending England Universities Rugby League Team to the Student Rugby League World Cup in 2017! "The student game has been a rich source of players for both the professional and regonal leagues and is one of the major recruitment areas into our game. "Anyone who witnessed the Student Rugby League World Cup in 2013 will know the quality of the competition and the importance of helping our England team as prepared as it can be!" Donate now at www.gofundme.com/englandunirl
  8. In July 2017, England Universities will take part in the Student Rugby League World Cup which takes place in Sydney, Australia. The team is made up of the best student Rugby League players in the country and participation in the squad is self-funded. Each player and member of the volunteer coaching and management team is responsible for raising money for themselves to cover UK-based training and friendly games, kit and equipment, flights, accommodation, travel, insurance and tournament participation fees. The whole squad will be working hard to fundraise the £110k needed for the trip through selling sponsorship, Community Game Raffle Tickets and staging events, but all donations will go a long way to reducing the cost of taking part in the tournament for the players. England Universities Head Coach, Colin Baker, said: "Please give generously and play your part in sending England Universities Rugby League Team to the Student Rugby League World Cup in 2017! "The student game has been a rich source of players for both the professional and regonal leagues and is one of the major recruitment areas into our game. "Anyone who witnessed the Student Rugby League World Cup in 2013 will know the quality of the competition and the importance of helping our England team as prepared as it can be!" Donate now at www.gofundme.com/englandunirl
  9. BEN WESTWOOD

    Why is Westwood being chosen for England??Are we that desperate here is someone who has not played for his team with any spirit at all.He has not performed to any degree for his team-----who pay him a good salary.Now he says he is ready for England how come he wasnt ready all season for Wolves!Are we that desperate really?If so God help R.L.
  10. I've been discussing the England squad of 24 with Odds On Rob based on current availability plus no selection of Adam Cutherbertson allowed (even though it could happen) We've listed a starting 17 and 18th man, plus remaining squad and here's what we have come with: 1. Z. Hardaker - Leeds Rhinos 2. J. McGillvary - Huddersfield Giants 3. K. Watkins - Leeds Rhinos 4. J. Reed - Brisbane Broncos/J. Wardle - Huddersfield Giants (split opinions on who is first choice on left edge) 5. R. Hall - Leeds Rhinos 6. G. Widdop - St George-Illawarra Dragons (should be back for Dragons this weekend) 7. S. Tomkins - New Zealand Warriors/M Smith - Wigan Warriors 8. G. Burgess - South Sydney Rabbitohs 9. J. Roby - St Helens 10. A. Walmsley - St Helens/J. Graham - Canterbury Bulldogs (split opinions as to who is on the bench and who starts) 11. A. Cuthbertson - Leeds Rhinos (included due to form and current rules allowing, regardless of opinion on 'moral correctness') 12. E. Whitehead - Catalans Dragons 13. S. O'Loughlin - Wigan Warriors 14. A. Walmsley- St Helens/J. Graham - Canterbury Bulldogs (split opinions as to who is on the bench and who starts) 15. T. Burgess - South Sydney Rabbitohs/C. Hill - Warrington Wolves/ M. Cooper - St George-Illawarra Dragons (split opinions as to who is on the bench) 16. J. Hodgson - Canberra Raiders/D. Clark - Warrington Wolves (split opinions as to who is in the squad) 17. T. Briscoe - Leeds Rhinos/S. Tomkins - New Zealand Warriors/M. Smith - Wigan Warriors (both agree this could change depending on tactics) 18. T. Briscoe - Leeds Rhinos/S. Tomkins - New Zealand Warriors/M. Smith - Wigan Warriors (both agree this could change depending on tactics) 19. T. Burgess - South Sydney Rabbitohs/ C. Hill - Warrington Wolves 20. J. Wilkin - St Helens/J. Bateman - Wigan Warriors (split opinions on who makes squad) 21. B. Westwood - Warrington Wolves/M. Cooper - St George Illawarra Dragons (split opinions on who makes squad) 22. J. Reed - Brisbane Broncos/J. Wardle - Huddersfield Giants (split opinions on who is first choice on left edge) 23. L. Cudjoe - Huddersfield Giants/ M. Percival - St Helens (split opinions on who makes squad) 24. G. Williams - Wigan Warriors What are your thoughts or what would you go for?
  11. Hi guys. Im a big Kiwis fan and also a fan of international rugby league. Like many others i'm looking forward to this years 3 test series between us and England. I post on a New Zealand league forum and am trying to build hype with a thread covering info on this series. The only thing is im not to familiar with the English players or what the make up of the squad will actually be. I would love to be able to post info about the england team as well to generate more discussion for our site and give everyone on it some familiarity in players, team etc before the start of the series. Could you guys help me in anyway with who potential players will be, whos contesting for spots etc. I know the NRL Pommy players but still need to learn more about the Super League based players. Thanks