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NRL version of the Exiles?

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Wonder if this could ever be a possibility in the future to face NZ? With more and more European stars going down under, could be a good way to get our players playing together in a higher intensity area as well as give NZ a game.

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Wonder if this could ever be a possibility in the future to face NZ? With more and more European stars going down under, could be a good way to get our players playing together in a higher intensity area as well as give NZ a game.

 

 

Can't see that there would be much interest in them playing NZ, but maybe if they played the winner of SOO

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Can't see that there would be much interest in them playing NZ, but maybe if they played the winner of SOO

Why would a SOO side have more interest?

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a month or 2 ago i raised the prospect of one day having a "england exiles" team made of of english NRL players..

give it 3 years and i reckon we could put a team out......too play against PNG,fiji etc

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a month or 2 ago i raised the prospect of one day having a "england exiles" team made of of english NRL players..

give it 3 years and i reckon we could put a team out......too play against PNG,fiji etc

I bet the NRL clubs can't wait for that one to kick in 'spud.

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Next year maybe a European exiles side of:

Sam Tomkins (somewhere hopefully not RU)

Matty Russell

Jack Reed

?

?

Gareth Widdop

Peter Wallace

James Graham

Scott Moore

Lee Mossop (Parramatta)

Luke Burgess

Chris Heighington

Sam Burgess

Tom Burgess

George Burgess

Remi Casty

?

We arent far off.

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Why not just fly out another half dozen players and make it an England Test team rather than trying to reinvent the wheel again?

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a month or 2 ago i raised the prospect of one day having a "england exiles" team made of of english NRL players..

give it 3 years and i reckon we could put a team out......too play against PNG,fiji etc

 

 

I bet the NRL clubs can't wait for that one to kick in 'spud.

 

The NRL clubs wouldn't release them because it wouldn't be a proper international. Never happen.

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The NRL clubs wouldn't release them because it wouldn't be a proper international. Never happen.

State of Origin isn't a proper international. Neither is City vs Country.

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State of Origin isn't a proper international. Neither is City vs Country.

i agree but it suits the Australian agenda to have their players involved in these games,especially SoO, for obvious reasons. An English Exiles team has no advantages for the NRL clubs so would get little, if any, support from them.

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State of Origin isn't a proper international. Neither is City vs Country.

But the Australian Rugby League Commission is the games controlling body and that includes Clubs and the State of Origin Series.

 

The ARLC would be unlikely to ask NRL Clubs to release players unless a match had Test status and even mid year Tests such as England V France rarely see players travel around the Globe for a Test match.

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The ARLC would be unlikely to ask NRL Clubs to release players unless a match had Test status and even mid year Tests such as England V France rarely see players travel around the Globe for a Test match.

That's more to do with the logistics and lack of preparation/recovery time rather than any stubbornness from the NRL.

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aye..if NRL englishmen are selected for a official test...they HAVE to be released...whether the NRL clubs like it or not.

its just not practical though..

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aye..if NRL englishmen are selected for a official test...they HAVE to be released...whether the NRL clubs like it or not.

its just not practical though..

They usually end up injured with a sore hamstring or niggling knee. (see Exiles drop outs)  :-)

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The only time an NRL version of the Exiles could be run is on the same weekend as the Anzac Test, which is supposedly an 'international weekend'. We're a fair way off having a suitable number of players to pick from to cover all positions, injuries, suspensions etc., and that's if we ever get to that number of Englishmen in the NRL at all (which I doubt we will). The Kiwis have been pushing for years for some sort of NZ version of Origin and that's never got anywhere either.

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State of Origin isn't a proper international. Neither is City vs Country.

City v Country was decimated this year because of withdrawals. This badly hit the gate and there are calls to scrap it again!

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City v Country was decimated this year because of withdrawals. This badly hit the gate and there are calls to scrap it again!

 

They call for it to be scrapped every year. And it also has little impact on the make up of the NSW Origin team which is supposed to be the reason for playing it.

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They call for it to be scrapped every year. And it also has little impact on the make up of the NSW Origin team which is supposed to be the reason for playing it.

City v Country lost its momentum and appeal decades ago.

That was a time when there were still some genuine quality players that played in Country areas like Mick Cronin and many were not brought to City Clubs until they were half way developed.

Nowadays players are scouted at a pretty young age before they are established to any degree so the Country side just looks the same as the City side as they have been playing in Sydney Clubs since they were 14 years old.

 

Its reason for existing has long past its use by date, that is reflected in its following by the fans and exposure in the media.

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Next year maybe a European exiles side of:

Sam Tomkins (somewhere hopefully not RU)

Matty Russell

Jack Reed

?

?

Gareth Widdop

Peter Wallace

James Graham

Scott Moore

Lee Mossop (Parramatta)

Luke Burgess

Chris Heighington

Sam Burgess

Tom Burgess

George Burgess

Remi Casty

?

We arent far off.

Mike Cooper.

 

Although that probably highlights the problem.

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It would be great to see England travel and take on a pacific all stars team on Anzac weekend

A potential all stars team could certainly compete and beat England. Also with the amount of players that are heading towards the nrl then there won't b a need to take a huge amounts of players. The key is for England to play more games France, exiles and go down under play tests and tours

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Because it would be abused and would end up as a replacement for the actual island teams. It would allow players like Uate and Civonaceva the opportunity to play for Australia and a team that only gives a nod to their heritage without being a genuine international side. The likes of Hayne and Jennings could come and go as they pleased.

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