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  1. Doubt they'll ever have a player that isn't Fijian, nor should they really as it would kind of defy the point. Unless they look for players from other Pacific Islands which is unlikely.
  2. I'd like to see each Island nation eventually linked with an existing Qld or NSW Cup team or have their own. By "linked" I mean yearly player trials, taking players "under their wing", a trial or regular season game if viable. Essentially giving every player in the Pacific a pathway if they're good enough. Of those that could support their own it is probably only PNG and Fiji in the short-medium term. Places like Tonga, Samoa, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands and even Hawaii would all ideally have a partnership with a QCup or NSW Cup team.
  3. James Fisher-Harris has had a great year in a hit/miss side. One of the best forwards in the NRL this year.
  4. It'd be good to see Catalans, Toulouse and the FFR to come together to work on a true "magic" weekend for France. Probably safer just to start as a day and build from there, get a couple of big supporter base English clubs involved to boost numbers. Elite 1 game (Top 2 from previous season) Toulouse V Bradford/Widnes/York Catalans V Wigan/Leeds/Hull/Saints/Warrington. Held in a 25-40k seater stadium. And yes I know Elite 1 already has a "Magic Weekend".
  5. Severely doubt it but it's all subjective I guess. I'd say you're over-rating England slightly and under-rating that team. England would still probably win 4/5 times but to say that team wouldn't give them a run for their money is wishful thinking. I'd like to see them play England U23/England Knights for the record. Throw in NZ and France or PNG under 23s for a tournament as curtain raisers for a World Cup or tour.
  6. It definitely would. That team would give any team in the world a run for it's money. Australia, England, NZ, both State of Origin teams included.
  7. How do you think a consortium from Spain could best help with that?
  8. Australia could still select Kikau and Vunivalu after they've lived there for 5 years straight. So it could occur again.
  9. Brandon Wakeham looked good in the Pacific test and has debuted in the NRL this year. He could be the key. Radradra not so much, great player and all all but they're fairly stacked for wingers already.
  10. For a squad spot? Nothing wrong with looking to the future, there's a good chance within 5 years he will be the best back England has. I do agree though Knights and 9's would be a good compromise.
  11. For a squad spot? Nothing wrong with looking to the future, there's a good chance within 5 years he will be the best back England has. I do agree though Knights and 9's would be a good compromise.
  12. Herbie Farnworth would be worth a squad spot for experience.
  13. If you want to put it that way the England brand has been around for 115 years.
  14. Might want to do some research and drop Wales out of you last sentence.
  15. Your entire argument is a based on a 'tickle'. Funny I don't see any more interest on here for the recent shirt unveiling or the upcoming tour than I've seen for any England shirt launch or tour tournament in the past 10 years.
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