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Mid year tests in 2022

RedVee_8

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Heard a brief radio grab that Graham Lowe was saying NSW players should only be available for Australia. It was in response to some pushback on socials to some players choosing NSW. I gather.
Couldn’t find an article.

Anyone got more on this?
 

mikail-eagle

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Team lists announced last night:

Samoa

1. Charlie Staines 2. Taylan May 3. Izack Tago 4. Jaxson Paulo 5. David Nofoaluma 6. Chanel Harris-Tavita 7. Anthony Milford 8. Martin Taupau 9. Jazz Tevaga 10. Francis Molo 11. Josh Schuster 12. Jaydn Su'a 13. Josh Aloiai 14. Fa'amanu Brown 15. Keenan Palasia 16. Spencer Leniu 17. Bunty Afoa

Cook Islands

1. Kayal Iro 2. Steven Masters 3. Anthony Gelling 4. Reuben Rennie 5. Malachi Morgan 6. Esan Masters 7. Reece Joyce 8. Vincent Rennie 9. Aaron Teroi 10. Xavier Willison 11. Brendan Piakura 12. Pride Peterson-Robati 13. Tinirau Arona 14. Brody Tamarau 15. Moses Noovao-McGreal 16. Makahesi Makatoa 17. Davvy Moale

PNG

1. Alex Johnston 2. Robert Derby 3. David Mead 4. Justin Olam 5. Terry Wapi 6. Kyle Laybutt 7. Lachlan Lam 8. Epel Kapinias 9. Wartovo Puara 10. Sylvester Namo 11. Dan Russell 12. Nixon Putt 13. Jacob Alick 14. Liam Horne 15. Emmanuel Waine 16. McKenzie Yei 17. Dilbert Isaac

Fiji

1. Sunia Turuva 2. Mikaele Ravalawa 3. Semi Valemei 4. Waqa Blake 5. Maika Sivo 6. Kevin Naiqama 7. Nautu'a Masima 8. Joseph Ratuvakacerivalu 9. Penioni Tagituimua 10. Tui Kamikamica 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Taniela Sadrugu 13. Taane Milne 14. Isaac Lumelume 15. Pio Seci 16. Lamar Manuel-Liolevave 17. Kaylen Miller

New Zealand

1. Joseph Manu 2. Ronaldo Mulitalo 3. Marata Niukore 4. Peta Hiku 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Dylan Brown 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Brandon Smith 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Isaiah Papali'i 12. Kenny Bromwich 13. Joseph Tapine 14. Kieran Foran 15. Moses Leota 16. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 17. Briton Nikora

Only Tonga yet to be finalised.
 

yakstorm

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Any pics available from the France v Wales match?
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yakstorm

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Grandstand tickets down to less than 100 on general sale. Northbank embarkment has gone on sale at Mt Smart.
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Less tickets available than what is on offer for the Warriors v Wests Tigers game which has been announced as a 'sell out' and will have a crowd of over 26,500, so I'd be disappointed if the NZ v Tonga game didn't announce something over 25K as well.

Main grandstand tickets and seats behind the posts have gone for Campbelltown Sports Stadium, so possibly sitting at around 10,000 sold for the Pacific double header.
 

kdalymc

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Well this didn't really answer my question whether you were being straight up or sarcastic in your OP.

There's no reason that international rugby shouldn't run when Origin is on aside from Aussie rugby league being dicks.
Read this thread mate. It's a f**ken shambles. Don't play tests around origin.. simple.
And let the f**ken kangaroos play more than once every world cup....
 

Coastbloke

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Honestly, I hate to say it but it’s probably better that this is the last of the mid year Tests.

Dumping the games in a suburban hole like Campbelltown/Leumeah with zero promotion and putting the shittiest critic of International RL in Gus to co-commentate to just mention Origin every 30 seconds..
 

Matua

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Honestly, I hate to say it but it’s probably better that this is the last of the mid year Tests.

Dumping the games in a suburban hole like Campbelltown/Leumeah with zero promotion and putting the shittiest critic of International RL in Gus to co-commentate to just mention Origin every 30 seconds..
Sheesh, it's that type of thinking which contributes to the B/S focus on Origin and the minimising of international league.

There were three games of decent league played yesterday. The atmosphere was off the charts in Auckland. Just play a triple header there if you're worried about suburban hell holes.
 

Perth Red

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There was no reason these tests couldnt, and shouldnt have been played in their countries, other than the organizers being tight arses and not wanting to pay travel and accommodation, and TV whining that even they dont give a sht about tests they still want to screen them cheaply. At the very least PNG should have been at home. Its such an insult to their countries and fans to play it at such a sht neutral venue.
Well done Tonga fans on filling M Smart, you embarrassed the home sides support lol.
 
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Perth Red

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Lol@Ch9! The Sunday origin drew a bigger audience than the Wednesday night one, yet they've demanded no more weekend origin, meaning no more mid season test rounds. What so they can have smaller audiences? They're cooked.
 

The Man Shake

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Wayne's not wrong. But I'm sure we can expect Phil Gould to be wheeled out at any moment telling all and sundry that no one really cares about international RL. Tell that to the Tongans...

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We need to save rugby league from the conservatives. We need to be progressive and not just maintain the status quo. There's only so much I can hear and read about Penrith every week. I'd rather hear about international rugby league.
 
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