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Fiji Talent Search

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Joey Johns and Brad Fittler are in Fiji, looking for Rugby League talent.

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I hope it's just for the NRL and not for the Kangaroos.

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This article has a bit more of an explanation from Fittler and Johns:-

http://www.news.com....l-1226504538033

Not surprising to read that they suggested this to the powers that be who weren't interested.

Not surprising at all. :(

The bit about Konrad Hurrell suggests that Freddie's not thinking about Fiji only, which is encouraging.

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As someone who has been to Fiji it amazes me that the NRL scouts have not set up permanent camp there. I watched a couple of games of League and one Union and was impressed with the skill, athelitisism and enthusiasm of the locals.

In the resort I stayed at they showed an NRL match one day and all the staff crowded around a small set to watch. They told me that League was the preferred code in Fiji but most young lads played Union as the IRB have set up pathways for players to be linked to professional clubs. Apparantly nothing similar is in place for RL and young lads have to pretty much pay their own air fair to Australia and hope they get spotted. As Fiji is a relatively poor country very few are able or willing to do this.

With the massive new TV deal hopefully the ARLC will ring fence funds to develop the local leagues in not only Fiji, but Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands and PNG. It can only help them and the international game in the long term.

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As someone who has been to Fiji it amazes me that the NRL scouts have not set up permanent camp there. I watched a couple of games of League and one Union and was impressed with the skill, athelitisism and enthusiasm of the locals.

In the resort I stayed at they showed an NRL match one day and all the staff crowded around a small set to watch. They told me that League was the preferred code in Fiji but most young lads played Union as the IRB have set up pathways for players to be linked to professional clubs. Apparantly nothing similar is in place for RL and young lads have to pretty much pay their own air fair to Australia and hope they get spotted. As Fiji is a relatively poor country very few are able or willing to do this.

With the massive new TV deal hopefully the ARLC will ring fence funds to develop the local leagues in not only Fiji, but Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands and PNG. It can only help them and the international game in the long term.

I couldn't agree more. I doubt it will happen, but the potential to make massive inroads for relatively little expense is huge in all the places you mentioned. If the ARLC set aside a few million for each of those islands and set up proper links with NRL clubs, they could clean up most of the talent until other codes tried it as well.

I dont think they are that altruistic unfortunately.

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I couldn't agree more. I doubt it will happen, but the potential to make massive inroads for relatively little expense is huge in all the places you mentioned. If the ARLC set aside a few million for each of those islands and set up proper links with NRL clubs, they could clean up most of the talent until other codes tried it as well.

I dont think they are that altruistic unfortunately.

The ARL has specifically said that their $200M growth fund will be used in the South Pacific.

All Fiji really needs is a RL Academy in Suva with NRL branding all over it and run by the ARL. Get AusAid to tip in some money, get stars to do clinics, play exhibition games or trials, etc.

Strangely the people talk about RL as if it's a new game. Despite this everyone has an NRL team and Origin side. Lots of potential, especially since RU is in such a mess over there that the players don't get paid (the RL players are paid)...

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As someone who has been to Fiji it amazes me that the NRL scouts have not set up permanent camp there. I watched a couple of games of League and one Union and was impressed with the skill, athelitisism and enthusiasm of the locals.

In the resort I stayed at they showed an NRL match one day and all the staff crowded around a small set to watch. They told me that League was the preferred code in Fiji but most young lads played Union as the IRB have set up pathways for players to be linked to professional clubs. Apparantly nothing similar is in place for RL and young lads have to pretty much pay their own air fair to Australia and hope they get spotted. As Fiji is a relatively poor country very few are able or willing to do this.

With the massive new TV deal hopefully the ARLC will ring fence funds to develop the local leagues in not only Fiji, but Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands and PNG. It can only help them and the international game in the long term.

Are you sure about that?

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The ARL has specifically said that their $200M growth fund will be used in the South Pacific.

All Fiji really needs is a RL Academy in Suva with NRL branding all over it and run by the ARL. Get AusAid to tip in some money, get stars to do clinics, play exhibition games or trials, etc.

Strangely the people talk about RL as if it's a new game. Despite this everyone has an NRL team and Origin side. Lots of potential, especially since RU is in such a mess over there that the players don't get paid (the RL players are paid)...

Thats is not the case here in Fiji. Its very much amateur at all level.

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I can his future already. Will represent Fiji at the 2013 RLWC then origin for NSW in 2014 and Australia in 2015.

If only you were joking... :(

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I can see his future already. Will represent Fiji at the 2013 RLWC then origin for NSW in 2014 and Australia in 2015.

Why would this happen?

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Because it can happen?

Not anymore. Now you have to be NSW/Qld resident before you are 13 years old. Potentially one of the biggest (and best) decisions to have been made in recent years.

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Not anymore. Now you have to be NSW/Qld resident before you are 13 years old. Potentially one of the biggest (and best) decisions to have been made in recent years.

That's an Origin rule. Nothing to do with international rules. There's still nothing to stop Australia selecting the porter after three years in the NRL if they so desired.

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They told me that League was the preferred code

Are you sure that isn't Papua New Guinea you're talking about? Because according to Wikipedia (despite the fact the articles can actually be chopped and changed at any given time) said that league was the preferred code there

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That's an Origin rule. Nothing to do with international rules. There's still nothing to stop Australia selecting the porter after three years in the NRL if they so desired.

It's SOO that has been the baited hook for representing Australia (financially and in terms of profile). Now that it's gone I suspect many of the PI/NZ players in the NRL will be available for their country of birth/ancestry.

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It's SOO that has been the baited hook for representing Australia (financially and in terms of profile). Now that it's gone I suspect many of the PI/NZ players in the NRL will be available for their country of birth/ancestry.

But there's still nothing to stop Australia selecting the porter after three seasons in the NRL if they so desired though is there? The same would apply to the likes of Tamou. They may not play Origin but they can still play for Australia.

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But there's still nothing to stop Australia selecting the porter after three seasons in the NRL if they so desired though is there? The same would apply to the likes of Tamou. They may not play Origin but they can still play for Australia.

Tamou would have never signed up as an Australian player if the SOO jersey wasn't available to him - that's the issue that has existed previously. Selection on residency is a minor issue in comparison as far as I'm concerned. In addition I would find if highly unlikely that the Australian selectors would choose a "foreign" player ahead of those in the SOO squads - it would invite ridicule and devalue the SOO concept (which has always been the one thing the Aussies have refused to do in the past.....now that attitude will be of benefit to International RL rather than a hindrance).

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You can't say for certain that Tamou would have chosen New Zealand over Australia. There have been several players chosen for the Kangaroos in the last few years before they had played Origin so it's status as a Test trial has been dimished.

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How many Fijians does that make playing in the NRL and are they all wingers?

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