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  1. Yeh he'll be on the radar for Australia unfortunately, not a lock by any mwans though. Front row is where Fiji have some decent depth at least.
  2. I've lost track but are England planning any internationals later in the year? A Southern Hemisphere team is next to no chance but maybe a Super League based England team Vs Ireland, France or Wales. Probably low priority this year I guess.
  3. A fair few of the Fijian players aren't eligible for Origin because of the 'lived in QLD/NSW before the age of 13' rule. Semi Radradra for example got selected for the Roos on the residency rule which was 3 years at the time, he couldn't play Origin though. Kikau, Sivo, Ravalawa, Vunivalu would all be the same. Hopefully in 5-10 years with the Silktails running and Fiji firmly on NRL club's radars they'll be able to put together a strong team using mostly homegrown players.
  4. If Titans can trim some dead wood or turn them around they're shaping up pretty well. Peachey, Cartwright, Taylor, Shannon Boyd, Rein, Wallace and Peats would all be on big money and doing not much. If Holbrook can clean that mess out there are some promising signs there with players like Brimson, Sami, Fotuaika, Thompson, Tanah Boyd, Fermor, Spry and Fa'asuamaleaui coming next year. By cleaning out I don't necessarily mean cut them all loose either. There are quality RL players to be found in Peachey, Taylor and Cartwright and they age on their side. Hopefully a good coach can bring out their potential.
  5. We'll see where he stands this week or maybe next as Staggs is named in the 21. I wouldn't be surprised if he gets dropped to the bench or reserves and they go with Staggs & Boyd in the centres. Broncos fans have been pretty vocal about a time for change and Boyd & Milford in particular deserving to be dropped, whether Seibold will have the guts to do it is another matter.
  6. Wakeham has looked decent in a weak side from what I've seen of him. He was dropped earlier then won his way back and is just starting to string some games together now, he only young I don't think anyone should write him off as average yet. As for a 6 Moceidreke has played there and is in the Storm system so I'm sure he could do a job.
  7. Backs are missing an obvious 1 & 6 option but there a few who can be switched around. Also I've heard rumours Vunivalu may stay with the Super Rugby situation up in the air. Those forwards plus (off the top of my head) Campbell-Gillard and Vuniyayawa who's played a few games for the Warriors this year. Yeh I get it from a commercial point of view, but Fiji got shafted a bit after 2017 in my opinion. For one there was no playoff game to see which of Fiji or Tonga would take place in Oceania Cup tier A. Not a massive deal but if they were being 'fair' they should have had a playoff game, but then technically based on World Cup placings it should have been Aus, Fiji & Tonga so that was never going to happen.
  8. Fiji haven't been given the same chances as Tinga even though they reached the same stage as Tonga in 2017 and beat the same tier 1 side that year. Tonga got games against NZ, GB & Australia in the years after that but Fiji just got dumped in to tier 2 of the Oceania Cup. On paper they look just as strong, hopefully they can get a crack at NZ & Tonga later this year.
  9. I hope not but I get the feeling Farnworth may be the one to miss out when Staggs returns. It probably shouldn't be but Boyd is selection teflon, Coates gets massive hype like he's Inglis 2.0 and Niu & Isaako are covering fullback.
  10. 2015, 2003, 2005, 2014 Grand Finals. 2006 SoO Game 3. Heaps of others really, so many good contests
  11. I remember suggesting they should have just drafted him in to the Great Britain squad last year when they were short. He wouldn't have been a bad option then and he'll be a certainty for England by the World Cup if all goes well for him.
  12. If we compare results from Knights V PNG in 2018 and Great Britain (England) V PNG in 2019 the Knights would annihilate England..
  13. It was England for the sake the gameday 17, England coach as well. They are tier 2 under the eligibility rules, playing standard obviously they're up there with the best now. PNG only had a small handful of NRL players the rest were Hunters or lower league players and they convincingly beat Great Britain. I'm not so sure about France being stronger than PNG domestically either, but both should be looked after a bit more as 2 nations that can bring in a crowd and produce players. NZ are taking it on themselves to play a test in PNG this year when they don't have to, England should be playing European nations as well, at the very least France.
  14. England are coming off 2 straight losses to tier 2 opponents. Whilst France might not be as strong a Tonga or PNG I don't think England are as strong as they and their fans believe themselves to be. England have a new coach and 1 year out from a home world cup they should be desperate for games, they should be playing 5-6 tests this year yet I wouldn't be surprised if we see 3, maybe 4.
  15. Wales have more than "a few" Welsh born players. They shouldn't be grouped in with Ireland (or Scotland) in that regard.
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