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  1. https://www.nrl.com/news/2019/12/02/why-tuilagi-more-appealing-recruit-than-latrell-for-wolfpack/ According to this article, the hold up on further announcements could be related to seeking clarification on his quota status.
  2. Email received just now to the Toronto Wolfpack mailing list. Argyle is standing down. David Argyle Open Letter - 7th June 2019 Dear All, I was incredibly careless with my words when speaking to Swinton Lions player Jose Kenga after our game at Lamport Stadium on 28th April 2019. I understand the unwitting racist connotations of what I said and the distress caused to Jose. Jose was gracious to take a video call with me today, I apologised and we discussed the matter in depth. I also fully support Jose’s decision to go on social media. I called Swinton RFLC, which I respect and admire as a club. If any other member of our Wolfpack family had made that comment I made, on balance, regardless context and environment, I would have fired them. Therefore that also applies to me, so I am firing myself as Chairman and CEO. We have begun a process to find the correct person(s) to achieve the founding objectives of the club in the role of Chairman and CEO. Interim duties will be picked up by our long standing executive team on both sides of the Atlantic. My financial obligations and commitments to the club, players, employees, sponsors, suppliers & broadcast partners will be met so that our objective to deliver the best club rugby in the world in Toronto, UK & France remain. I have not had the opportunity to speak with all stakeholders, I will over the next couple of days. The Wolfpack and our new Chairman and CEO will remain firmly behind the core values and beliefs that make up the foundation of this organization - the world is a better place with more rugby balls in kids’ hands, we aspire to create a global centre for rugby excellence in Toronto, we actively promote opportunities for transatlantic trade and we support local family run businesses in Ontario. I am very proud of what the entire Wolfpack organization has achieved in the last 2 and a half years. I leave with a heavy heart as I have disgraced rugby and my family which I love. I can’t tell you how much we value our relationships with rugby players, our fans, sponsors and partners, and how much your support drives us to be better each and every day. The Wolfpack will do everything in our power to repair that special bond and make things right. I was wrong. I will respond personally to anyone that would like to discuss directly, please allow a few days for reply. Sincerely, David Argyle
  3. As a related aside, and potentially controversial given the heritage debate, how good is the strength and depth of the Tongan squad!? Some of the best forwards in the game. Backs can certainly hold their own. World-class halves have never been the strong point for the Pacific nations. Samoa and Fiji are growing big pools of (some) local and (mainly) heritage players too. Personally I think it’s great for the international game. It wasn’t that long ago the New Zealand would struggle to field 13 players with permanent NRL experience. Now we’ve potentially got 3 extra nations who, given a little bit of time and exposure, will put up consistent challenges to the big 3. Tonga Best 17: Hopoate, Fusitua, Kata, M. Jennings, Fonua; Hingano, Lolohea; Taumololo, Ma’u, Pangai Jr; Fonua-Blake, Haavili, A. Fifitia D. Fifita (Bris); Terepo; Taukeiaho; Katoa (Panthers) Extras: Hurrell, Ofahengue, D. Tupou, Tatola , Fainu, Katoa (Sharks), Fotuaika, R.Jennings, G. Jennings UK: Langi, Moa, Manu, Murdoch-Maisila, Ta’ai, D.Fifita (Wakey)
  4. Reports seem to confirm Salford. Edit: adding link from NRL site. Seems close to done. https://www.nrl.com/news/2018/04/18/nrl-signings-tracker-player-movements-and-contracts/ A mate of mine taught him during his last year or two of school when he was with the Steelers/Dragons juniors (who also gladly let him go to the Rossters). All the rugby league talent in the world, but even back then on a social level he didn’t really have any mates. Arrogant was probably the tamest descriptor put forward. Doesn’t seem to get into drunken, assaulting type trouble, just has a knack of really rubbing people the wrong way. He’s still young and people continually grow and develop, but the track record is there.
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