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More English players off to NRL

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Wigan's Dom Crosby, Sheffield's Colton Roche and Dewsbury's Tom Lillycrop all reported to be off to NRL clubs in 2014 according to the Aussie press. I've seen Crosby play, but are the other 2 good players?

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And yet Andy Clapp still tells us that the NRL produces more world-class players than they can shake a stick at.

They do, Australia could field 4 or 5 teams that could give us(England/GB) a run for our money.

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Canetman pops up again.

 

Face the Facts and stop telling Fairy Tales - hope you sleep well at night.

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With all due respect to them, are Wigan's Dom Crosby, Sheffield's Colton Roche and Dewsbury's Tom Lillycrop really 'top players'? Maybe it is just that the NRL have realised that with the AUD doing so well, England is a valid hunting ground, and some teams are also looking for young players who will fit well with their system? Why would a 10 team SL attract more top players than a 14 team SL?

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I see this as no different to the handful that went over earlier this year to reserve grades like Lee Mitchell and Shaun Ainscough.

 

You know what the NRL needs, an overseas quota...

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Probably mentioned elsewhere, but I've not spotted it yet - Wigan have an 11am press conference today expected to confirm the departure of Hock and Mossop to Paramatta.

 

Be interesting to see how they go.

 

Premier Sports must be delighted!

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Crosby has seemed an excellent junior who is just making his break now. I was expecting big things from him. Combined with the loss of Hock and Mossop (which I hadn't been worried about) I am now starting to get slightly nervous, especially when combined with a possible loss of Sam next year.

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Anybody any idea how many overseas players each NRL club has?

More or less than our clubs?

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Anybody any idea how many overseas players each NRL club has?

More or less than our clubs?

Very difficult to say as alot of players who you think are Kiwis or islanders are actually born and bred Aussies. I would guess not many maybe an average of 3/4 a team.

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I can see somebody at premier sports has a good knowledge of the game, as people will start following the NRL properly once there is a lot of English interest. Iv always admired there league but never really bothered about it but with the burgess boys etc I'm going to get my first premier sports subscription.

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I heard on the tv coverage the other day that 30% of the nrl players are Polynesian, with the Holden cup being a hell of a lot more than that too.

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I expect more and more to be off (Top players) i also suspect that unless there is a 10 team SL that is able to attract some of the best talent SKY will pull the plug next time round (Not taking the WC is an obvious sign that interest in RL in the UK is waning) I also expect FOX (Australia) to lower their coverage of RU over the next few years.

CM

Oh do shut up. Sky don't have the world cup because they wanted the whole thing not half the games.

 

And why would they get rid of their 2nd highest rating sport? One that they also get on the cheap.

 

Don't tell me, Vladimir Putin told you all this on when you got together for a sundowner on his yacht in the south of France. 

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St George Illawarra have signed a young up and coming English forward, to be announced shortly apparently.

 

Dont get this confused with Rangi Chase, who knows whats happening with that one!

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I think it is marvellous news that lots of Brits are going to the NRL. This could be the making of the international game and could signal the end of Australias dominance. We have already seen the benefits to the Kiwis of having so many in the NRL. Yes they lose the mid season one off's, but they have won several competitions in the last decade.

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I expect more and more to be off (Top players) i also suspect that unless there is a 10 team SL that is able to attract some of the best talent SKY will pull the plug next time round (Not taking the WC is an obvious sign that interest in RL in the UK is waning) I also expect FOX (Australia) to lower their coverage of RU over the next few years.

CM

Oh look, someone crowbaring in an agenda at every opportunity, aint that grand.

 

This should be good news though, getting young players into the NRL should help our national team if nothing else.

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I'm not convinced that having a winning national team truly helps a sport! I mean when was the last time the English football team won anything?

That said good luck to Mossop and Hock

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noticed on twitter also about St.George signing up an English forward.. League week and the Mole saying its a done deal. Maybe its one of the lads mentioned above.

 

Always thought Larne Patrick's style of forward play would suit the NRL.

 

Edit: Mike Coopers name being linked to the St.George rumour

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It didn't do English RU any harm.

Neither did the blanket media attention they started getting after RU went professional.

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So why are they taking more of our players than ever before?

By the way, your assertion that Australia's 5th team could beat us is ridiculous.

They may not be able to win but they could compete.

Full backs - Slater, Barba, Stewart, Dugan, Bowen

Wings - Morris, Boyd, Yow Yeh, Mead, Uate, Williams,

Centres - Inglis, Lyon, Hodges, Morris, Tonga, Jennings,

Half backs - Thurston, Cronk, Reynolds, Wallace, Pearce, Cherry Evans,

Hookers - Smith, Farah, Ennis.

Forwards I could name 20.

All those players could cut it at international level. We have 20ish players which are international class and can compete with top end NRL. They have more depth, But our top 20 is a match for the whole Aussie side bar Smith, Cronk and Thurston.

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They may not be able to win but they could compete.

Full backs - Slater, Barba, Stewart, Dugan, Bowen

Wings - Morris, Boyd, Yow Yeh, Mead, Uate, Williams,

Centres - Inglis, Lyon, Hodges, Morris, Tonga, Jennings,

Half backs - Thurston, Cronk, Reynolds, Wallace, Pearce, Cherry Evans,

Hookers - Smith, Farah, Ennis.

Forwards I could name 20.

All those players could cut it at international level. We have 20ish players which are international class and can compete with top end NRL. They have more depth, But our top 20 is a match for the whole Aussie side bar Smith, Cronk and Thurston.

Sorry to nit pick on that but if you're having an Aus 5th team you have to have 10 players in the wing, centre, and half back position not 1. At that level... we'd probably compete.

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I think it is marvellous news that lots of Brits are going to the NRL. This could be the making of the international game and could signal the end of Australias dominance. We have already seen the benefits to the Kiwis of having so many in the NRL. Yes they lose the mid season one off's, but they have won several competitions in the last decade.

That's a positive view.

If our young players don't make it and come back here are they all the better for it (unlike those who tried RU and came back) If a young Englishman takes an NRL place is there an NRL player who may then be available to play here???

Maybe more positives!!

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Neither did the blanket media attention they started getting after RU went professional.

 

 

I think they got a lot more attention post RUWC 2003

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That's a positive view.

If our young players don't make it and come back here are they all the better for it (unlike those who tried RU and came back) If a young Englishman takes an NRL place is there an NRL player who may then be available to play here???

Maybe more positives!!

The Aussie salary cap means less antipodeans are going to come here and more opportunity for young british lads to come through. Add that to the Brits in the NRL and more going, how can it not be good for our game. I do not see a downside to this i think it's a win win for us.

 

For years my (FC) team have been saying that brit lads aint good enough. Funny thing now, is that all of a sudden we have quite a lot of lads popping up that clealy are good enough now we can't get aussies and kiwis.

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