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Junior Kangaroos v France

Discussion in 'International' started by siv, Oct 7, 2019.

  1. Dakink

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    Going to be a cricket score.
     
  2. siv

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    How many were in the French U19s tour squad

    Only 3 from the World 9s ? I would have expected almost all of that 9s squad plus a few better U19s guys
     
  3. Storm13

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    The win against Wales they played like a team with purpose. The next two games they just got worse. They look dysfunctional with dropping passes, running wrong lines, ball being passed behind players etc. Got the wins but it was not pretty.
     
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    Need to be all the pro players picked first for me. Then fill in with Toulouse players then elite one players.
     
  5. Hoofhearted

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    2 possessions by the Aussies, 2 tries. I'll get back to work now and make sure I'm home for the main game.
     
  6. Green_

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    Embarrassing. This will put the French light years behind. No disrespect to Cologni, Time to bring in an NRL standard coach in. Western Division will thump them as well. Sorry times for the French RL
     
  7. Green_

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    Imagine Trent Robinson taking hold of this side!!! So much potential
     
  8. jim_57

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    Even considering the excuse of this being their 'B' team, their B team should still be doing better than this.
     
  9. deal.with.it

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    A team made up of NRL players vs Elite 1 and championship was always going to end one way...
     
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  10. adamkungl

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    Not really
    They only have 20-odd first grade level players.

    This is like playing Roosters v Guildford Owls
     
  11. jim_57

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    Disagree. Half that team is from the top 2 clubs in the championship with a decent amount Super League experience as well. Sure I would expect a thrashing 100 times out of 100 but a point a minute?
     
  12. LeagueXIII

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    They are semi pros v the superstar young players of Australian rugby league playing in 30 degree heat.

    Why are they playing this game. Play NZ Maoris or PNG.....this is ridiculous. Feel for the French, complete mismatch.
     
  13. LeagueXIII

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    It's in 30 degree heat. This Australian team is a very good team.
     
  14. adamkungl

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    There is not a decent amount of Super League experience.
    3 players are current Super League players. 4 others have a handful of SL games between them.

    3 SL players,
    6 Championship players,
    9 Elite One players.

    Lucas Albert and Romain Navarrete are the only players to feature in the 2017 WC.

    However Hakim Miloudi, Paul Marcon, Lucas Albert, Romain Navarrete, Lambert Belmas, Gavin Marguerite, Bastien Canet played in last years Qualifiers.
     
  15. Walter sobchak

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    Well I guess the Aussie public won’t be seeing the touring French again for another 50 years.
     
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    Don't want to be too dramatic but this might be France's lowest point in a long time. Us International RL nerds can sit back and say "oh but it was their 3rd string side" but at the end of the day this is the French test team. When this goes down in their result history, like the 84-4 game against England a few on internet forums will argue that it wasn't their strongest team but it won't be noted beside the official result.

    Australia, NZ & England would be watching this and wondering why they should bother playing France again in tests. Why organise a game Vs a team who could be competitive on paper 6 months out but then come game day 15 of their 20 top players have pulled out making it a training run, strong test teams will look at this and say why bother if the FFR and/or their decent players aren't bothered.
     
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    I consider that a "decent" amount, plus the Toulouse players have experience against SL opposition from the Super 8's. Not much but not to be ignored either.

    Don't get me wrong I'd expect Aus U23 to crack 50-60 100 times out of 100 but I'd also expect a little fight if there was any sort of pride in the French organisation.

    I've been a massive supporter of French League for years and would love to see them do well, I'm running out of excuses I can make for then and reasons to be optimistic about them in years to come.
     
  18. adamkungl

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    Well, their own captain agrees with you/us. He can see it.

    France should be the 4th ranked team in the world and capable of at least a competitive game with the 3rd placed team but have been stagnant or worse in the 20 years ive been watching them.
     
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    We need to stop the Top 8 auto qualification for RLWC

    U18s is pretty even

    You then focus on U20s

    Then it's big boys. Don't think U23s concept will work away from NSW
     
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    Judging by the amount of "injuries" they normally have I'm guessing Baitieri has said what a lot of their players have been thinking. Hopefully this is a catalyst for change now that their captain has pretty much quit. Can't see many test teams wanting to play them outside of official tournaments when it could get to the week of the game and they announce a squad missing any players who could have made a game of it.

    Plenty of 30° days in the South Of France where all these guys are from.
     

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