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Owen Farrell to London? No, a New Zealand-born State of Origin Queenslander and Samoa international who played kick’n’clap for England after considering Ireland signs for Brisbane. Meh.

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Dang.,. there was I thinking David Hughes had splashed the casgh for 2021...☹️

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Who are the Sunwolves?

I was hoping Warrington had patented that club moniker for after global warming, or maybe a relocation of the franchise to Benidorm.

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4 minutes ago, Cheshire Setter said:

Who are the Sunwolves?

I was hoping Warrington had patented that club moniker for after global warming, or maybe a relocation of the franchise to Benidorm.

Sun wolves are Japan’s Super RU team

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I found an interesting snippet of news from Fox in Oz:

Ben Te’o - commenting on a Fox article where they’d listed 10 potential cross-code stars from RU to the NRL - suggested that Danny Cipriani had considered options to join the NRL in the past.

That really surprised me; a UK RU half back has never really seemed top of the shopping list for a NRL club. There’s a plethora of half-back talent over in Oz.

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13 minutes ago, Cheshire Setter said:

I found an interesting snippet of news from Fox in Oz:

Ben Te’o - commenting on a Fox article where they’d listed 10 potential cross-code stars from RU to the NRL - suggested that Danny Cipriani had considered options to join the NRL in the past.

That really surprised me; a UK RU half back has never really seemed top of the shopping list for a NRL club. There’s a plethora of half-back talent over in Oz.

Cipriani is arguably the best NH fly half in Union and has great passing abilities. He's a player who would be able to do a decent job at half back in the NRL imo. Only issue is he would require a big salary and its not clear if he would be worth it, ie would he be a star half back? 

He also has played in Oz, in super rugby about 10 years ago. 

The list is probably speculative as it's for an article tbh. 

Ben Te’o is a very good signing for The Broncos and him being there shows how a year can be a long time in life and alot can change. From the England Union squad for a WC to Japan to the NRL. 

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5 hours ago, Cheshire Setter said:

I found an interesting snippet of news from Fox in Oz:

Ben Te’o - commenting on a Fox article where they’d listed 10 potential cross-code stars from RU to the NRL - suggested that Danny Cipriani had considered options to join the NRL in the past.

That really surprised me; a UK RU half back has never really seemed top of the shopping list for a NRL club. There’s a plethora of half-back talent over in Oz.

Have you got a link to that article please

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6 hours ago, Southerner80 said:

Cipriani is arguably the best NH fly half in Union and has great passing abilities. He's a player who would be able to do a decent job at half back in the NRL imo. Only issue is he would require a big salary and its not clear if he would be worth it, ie would he be a star half back? 

I've always wanted to see Cipriani in league.... Think there was rumours of him fancying giving it a go

I agree he could never hope to be a star half back in NRL but I think he'd do a job for a middling SL team pretty much straight away... 

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6 hours ago, Cheshire Setter said:

 

That really surprised me; a UK RU half back has never really seemed top of the shopping list for a NRL club. There’s a plethora of half-back talent over in Oz.

I wonder of NRL clubs consider the publicity factor? I guess not as they don't need it... Whereas a SL club could fine out on nicking Cipriani for all its worth..... 

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1 hour ago, arcticchris said:

Have you got a link to that article please

https://www.rugbypass.com/news/the-best-cross-code-xiii-that-left-ben-teo-annoyed-over-danny-cipriani/

 

Cipriani who is currently the Rugby Players’ Association player of the year and switching to league is something that has come close to being a reality in the past as the 32-year-old Gloucester fly-half toyed with the prospect of moving to the NRL throughout his career.

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Cipriani at FB maybe, but not a RL half.


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20 hours ago, Cheshire Setter said:

That really surprised me; a UK RU half back has never really seemed top of the shopping list for a NRL club. There’s a plethora of half-back talent over in Oz.

I don't think there really is atm. If you look at the past halfbacks in the Australian comp the guys there now are really a few levels below. 

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8 hours ago, B rad said:

I don't think there really is atm. If you look at the past halfbacks in the Australian comp the guys there now are really a few levels below. 

Definitely agree it’s a shallow pool currently.

When Daly Cherry-Evans is the incumbent 7 for the Kangaroos and not even really fighting anyone off you know it’s a far cry from the days when they Alfie Langer and Ricky Stuart contesting the jersey. Definitely the weakest first choice halfback the Aussies have had in my lifetime.

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Te'o is a really good centre. Played for the Lions.

Didn't get selected by England for the 2019 RU World Cup because of a training field "altercation"  with Mike Brown. Both dropped.


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Am impressed they got him. Heard him interviewed a year ago and he certainly was not considering going back to the tougher code. Basically gave it the "longer career in France or Japan playing union.... Blah blah"

Will probably struggle at 33 and a lot bigger physically than he was when at Souths. Great player in his day though. Wasted in union.


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Reckon he’ll definitely be the best paid player at Souths Logan Magpies in 2021, good luck to him. Can’t see much Broncos action beyond bench-warming for them during next year’s Origin season... 

 

...you’d want to retain 3 or 4 great juniors instead of them moving to Melbourne for the same money instead surely? 
 

 

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Cipriani would absolutely not make a good NRL half. He wouldn't make a good SL half but might be able to play Championship. A couple of us took the time to watch him closely in a game once and he just simply would not be able to play league. He played like an u15s player, running across, never squaring up, terrible passing, worse defence. 

He might have looked good in union where the halves have a very different job. I'd love to have seen him try and play NRL, it would have been hilarious. Same as Gavin Henson when he was mooted as coming to League.


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