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Catchy name, not:

England will take on a Combined Nations All Stars team on Friday June 25, it has been confirmed.

In a change from the previous Exiles concept, the Combined Nations team will enable players from other countries, such as Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France and Jamaica to participate in the game, alongside their Antipodean colleagues.

https://www.loverugbyleague.com/post/england-to-face-combined-nations-all-stars-team-in-summer/

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What a terrible name, a terrible concept ... what’s wrong with a proper game like France in France who we know have offered to play! And we’d be able to call on NRL players for that.

This has that bunch of Right Fu**in Losers (RFL) written all over it.

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World XIII, Rest of the World, even Other Nationalities (which is the original name of the team this concept is based on) are all more marketable than the CNAS...

They could have even kept calling it the Exiles, they use to classify 'Pat Richards' as being 'Irish' in that Exiles team, and it would have been a better option than what they've settled with...

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It's the International Global Invitational Earth President's XIII Select All Stars going up against the Domestically Based England Side in a match already being described as, "scheduled". 

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"Combined Nations All Stars" gives off the proper end of the pier, meat raffle, vibes that too many of the people who run our game seem to love.

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6 minutes ago, Henson Park Old Firm said:

Rest of the World would do me

It’s not though is it, it’s the rest of the World based in the Northern Hemisphere. I wonder if you’ll be able to buy their jersey. 

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8 hours ago, Chris22 said:

Announcement coming tomorrow reportedly. Aaron Bower has put on Twitter that England will face the "Combined Nations All Stars" on 25 June. Will be the Exiles but can include players from other home nations too. 

 

If any of the ‘Scotland or Ireland’ players were from there they could have still called it the Exiles. Now we can have lads from Yorks and Lancs playing against England too. 

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I would rather they stuck with the Exiles, what does this now say to Wales, Ireland, Scotland and Jamaica?

Your only chance of action is a couple of your guys featuring in this ‘All Stars’ team? That is not what they need!!? They need games as much as England do* and this is sheer neglect of that idea. 

*I know they’re welcome to organise their own games but I can guarantee we will again see them in a selection tug-of-war - do their best players get All Stars selection? Exiles would have been easier.

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1 hour ago, Henson Park Old Firm said:

Rest of the World would do me

You could even give it a bit of gravitas and go with RFL President's XIII or somesuch and have Clare Balding lead her team of chosen foreigners out onto the field.

(Not saying that's a better idea, but it is, at least, a different one.)

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Strikes me that everything indicated it was the Exiles right up until last week. I am very suspicious that the sudden change to the awfully named CNAS is heavily influenced by one or more SL Chairmen (Pearson being the public one, but there will be others) objecting to their expensive imports playing in this game.

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 We always hear a fair bit about this `Barbarian` thing that the union have. Why can`t League have a concept like that and stick with it so it builds a bit of cred over the years.

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It is a strange and seemingly unnecessary adoption of a new/different name.

And although it is a small thing, the RFL just love giving people a stick to beat them with, and around a concept that has never been universally popular, despite its advantages and the opportunities it could provide.

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