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big mal has been disappointingly quiet throughout - has the legend lost his bottle too? is he scared of the nrl enough to tarnish his legacy in the eyes of the international fans ?

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did the bloke who invented the phrase "one hit wonder" invent anything else?

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3 minutes ago, graveyard johnny said:

big mal has been disappointingly quiet throughout - has the legend lost his bottle too? is he scared of the nrl enough to tarnish his legacy in the eyes of the international fans ?

Has he got a twitter or facebook account? Get on it and give him heaps. 

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There's nothing the players can do about this, even though the majority would clearly love to play in this tournament. It's out of their hands. The NRL made the announcement, they and their compliant media are now stifling discussion of it, and no doubt behind the scenes placing lots of pressure on the pacific nations to pull out - which I am fairly sure at least one of them will do in the next few days. Then the others will follow - because what's the point of continuing - and it'll be game over.  What comes after that is anybody's guess.

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1 minute ago, nadera78 said:

What comes after that is anybody's guess.

A Pacific Cup so lacking in Covid protocols it would make our Health Secretary blush

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7 minutes ago, graveyard johnny said:

big mal has been disappointingly quiet throughout - has the legend lost his bottle too? is he scared of the nrl enough to tarnish his legacy in the eyes of the international fans ?

He has already been in the press commenting on end of season internationals.

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2 hours ago, jacksy said:

I was rooting for the Panthers but not anymore.

Come Saturday i hope that horrible bunch from Melbourne stuff them.

Fingers crossed for the Rabbits for the GF.

Better to not care in my view. I will never forgive the Aussies for this one if it doesn't get sorted. 

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22 minutes ago, graveyard johnny said:

big mal has been disappointingly quiet throughout - has the legend lost his bottle too? is he scared of the nrl enough to tarnish his legacy in the eyes of the international fans ?

Yep I was hoping he might at least have a 'we'll bring the players who want to' attitude 

Bennett is coming out with some credit out of this though 

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1 hour ago, JohnM said:

Well just fancy that. Horsemeat Vlandis hands another publicity opportunity to union.

Tuivasa-Sheck is hopeful of forcing his way on to the planned end-of-year European Tour with the All Blacks

https://www.totalrl.com/forums/index.php?/topic/362971-roger-tuivasa-sheck-quits-the-nrl-to-play-union-for-nz-union

 

You honestly could not script it

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the nrl players should make a statement next week- something similar to taking the knee before the game or black armbands or just something 

did the bloke who invented the phrase "one hit wonder" invent anything else?

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6 minutes ago, graveyard johnny said:

the nrl players should make a statement next week- something similar to taking the knee before the game or black armbands or just something 

I think they were waiting for you to cancel your NRL.com membership first.

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6 hours ago, 17 stone giant said:

You're obviously running out of wise cracks, because that one is just irrelevant nonsense.

Let me ask you; do you think an England player winning the World Cup under the circumstances we're discussing, is not going to feel that it's a somewhat hollow victory? Do you think that the likes of Tomkins and Roby would afterwards chat to Hanley, Farrell, Edwards, Goulding, Sam Burgess etc. and say "We achieved something you didn't do. We won the World Cup." And if they did, what do you think the reaction of those former players would be?

Let me ask you a question

Do you think Australia deserve to hold the title of and be called World Champions for the next 4 or 5 years after their disrespectful and selfish actions?

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57 minutes ago, graveyard johnny said:

the nrl players should make a statement next week- something similar to taking the knee before the game or black armbands or just something 

The NRL players should make a statement yes , on paper saying clearly they want to play in  the WC and they don’t appreciate having the decision taken away from some of them or being pressurised not to play 

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6 hours ago, 17 stone giant said:

You're obviously running out of wise cracks, because that one is just irrelevant nonsense.

Let me ask you; do you think an England player winning the World Cup under the circumstances we're discussing, is not going to feel that it's a somewhat hollow victory? Do you think that the likes of Tomkins and Roby would afterwards chat to Hanley, Farrell, Edwards, Goulding, Sam Burgess etc. and say "We achieved something you didn't do. We won the World Cup." And if they did, what do you think the reaction of those former players would be?

Yes they would, and rightly so. 

Anyone not happy for a trophy win is just jealous

Anyone tell Chelsea that their FA cup win in 2000 should have an asterix and its a hollow victory as the holders and number 1 team in the country withdrew from the competition?

Are their medals in the bin as meaningless?

Or did they beat who was infront of them and celebrate the win

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6 hours ago, 17 stone giant said:

You're obviously running out of wise cracks, because that one is just irrelevant nonsense.

Let me ask you; do you think an England player winning the World Cup under the circumstances we're discussing, is not going to feel that it's a somewhat hollow victory? Do you think that the likes of Tomkins and Roby would afterwards chat to Hanley, Farrell, Edwards, Goulding, Sam Burgess etc. and say "We achieved something you didn't do. We won the World Cup." And if they did, what do you think the reaction of those former players would be?

My take is winning the World Cup will still be a great achievement and seen by the players as a great achievement in their careers , arguably the greatest . Yes of course you want to be up against the best , but once a tournament starts you’re immersed in it and people who aren’t there don’t count . Beating the likes of Tonga , Samoa , Fiji and PNG is still a challenge , and calling yourselves world champion is still the pinnacle . It would be great if the anzacs came ,  but if they don’t it’s not our fault - beat what’s there . I bet if one of the pacific islands win the Cup they’ll think it’s a fantastic achievement to celebrate and would be historic for them . Once we’re off id forget Australia  and New Zealand -  they can moan and complain and say it’s Mickey Mouse stuff and they’re top dogs . Well , tough , they could have come and proved it . They didn’t so they can shut up 

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6 hours ago, 17 stone giant said:

You're obviously running out of wise cracks, because that one is just irrelevant nonsense.

Let me ask you; do you think an England player winning the World Cup under the circumstances we're discussing, is not going to feel that it's a somewhat hollow victory? Do you think that the likes of Tomkins and Roby would afterwards chat to Hanley, Farrell, Edwards, Goulding, Sam Burgess etc. and say "We achieved something you didn't do. We won the World Cup." And if they did, what do you think the reaction of those former players would be?

So what your saying is every player who would be playing in the WC should refuse to play if the tournament is still going to go ahead because Aus ans NZ can't be bothered to turn up as it's not worth winning now as a player?

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Fingers crossed they go for it. They will get as much financial support as i can give them.

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Time for some revenge cancelling

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/57976072

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2 hours ago, nadera78 said:

There's nothing the players can do about this, even though the majority would clearly love to play in this tournament. It's out of their hands. The NRL made the announcement, they and their compliant media are now stifling discussion of it, and no doubt behind the scenes placing lots of pressure on the pacific nations to pull out - which I am fairly sure at least one of them will do in the next few days. Then the others will follow - because what's the point of continuing - and it'll be game over.  What comes after that is anybody's guess.

What comes, in my opinion is that the NH game is effectively bankrupt and that the NRL come in to “save” us at a massively knocked down price and use us as a nursery 

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