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Discussion in 'World Cup 2021' started by Foreign Legion, Sep 27, 2018.

  1. Foreign Legion

    Foreign Legion First Grade

    Feb 7, 2012
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    The chance for Benji Marshall to bow out of rugby league with one last hurrah for New Zealand - potentially alongside Sonny Bill Williams - at next year's World Cup has already been privately discussed.

    Marshall was giving nothing away this week when asked if he had time to reflect on his future during the COVID lockdown.

    If the sight of Marshall bouncing around the park this week has excited Maguire, so has the return of prop Russell Packer.

    There were serious discussions about Packer being medically retired over the summer given he had not been able to run without experiencing excruciating pain in a toe.

    His big-money deal, understood to be worth around $1.4m the next two years, could have also paved the way for the club to go hard after a marquee forward like David Fifita.

    The 30-year-old Packer was last sighted hobbling from the field during the Easter Monday massacre against Parramatta in round six last year, but is set to join the squad for his first ball work session next week.

    "He's back running and it's the best he's run since I've been at the club,'' Maguire said. "He hasn't been able to run for about 16 months. I really hope for his sake he can get back because he's already gone through a long journey to get to where he is now.''
  2. Foreign Legion

    Foreign Legion First Grade

    Feb 7, 2012
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    Israel Folau, Tevita Pangai Junior, Anthony Milford and Josh Papalii are among the league superstars that will be forced to make a choice between state and country due to a change in international eligibility laws that will have huge ramifications for next year's Rugby League World Cup.

    The International Rugby League has introduced changes to qualification rules that will prevent players from representing at NSW or Queensland at State of Origin level and playing for a country other than Australia in Tests. The Herald has obtained a copy of the new eligibility criteria document, which states, in part: "A Player who has elected to represent a Nation cannot then elect to play for another Nation in the same calendar year."

    That means that dual-eligible players including Milford, Folau, Pangai Junior, Papalii, Kotoni Staggs, Jaydn Su'a, Manase Fainu and Waqa Blake will have to choose between making themselves available for Origin or a Pacific nation ahead of the 2020 World Cup.

    The issue comes into sharp focus amid renewed hopes there could be some Tests played at the end of this NRL season if it successfully resumes from May 28.
    Under the previous rules, a player such as Broncos star Milford - who has Samoan and Australian heritage - could have represented the Maroons, Australia and Samoa all in the one season. The idea was to bolster the talent available for emerging league countries including Tonga, Samoa, Fiji and Papua New Guinea if players missed out on Kangaroo or Kiwi call-ups.

    However, there will be less flexibility to move from now on in a bid to bring greater integrity to the international game.

    "This is not about player payments, this is about giving people the opportunity to represent the area of their heritage," said the RLIF’s southern hemisphere general manager Jeremy Edwards.

    "It’s a chance for the player to make a decision and for the fans to understand it as well.

    "It has been confusing [in the past]."

    Tongan officials have been in contact with cross-code star Folau - currently playing for French club Catalans in the Super League - in a bid to get him to commit to the nation. The former Wallaby had represented Queensland and Australia in his previous stint in rugby league.


    The rules also govern junior international matches, meaning young guns including teen Rabbitohs fullback Joseph Suaalii will need to make a call between NSW and Samoa.

    Last year’s World Cup 9s was hit by several eligibility dramas, resulting in Lebanon being stripped of one of its wins. Under the new rules, there will be serious ramifications if a player breaches the new qualification criteria. Players can be fined up to £10,000 ($18,000), teams will be stripped of points and the offender will be banned until eligibility can be established.

    RLIF chairman Greg Barclay said it was time for a more contemporary policy.

    "I didn’t want it blindly drafted out of Manchester, it’s got to work for the world game," Barclay said.

    "We’re probably a bit guilty of being myopic or Euro-centric with certain things we have done, which is why things may not have worked for this part of the world.

    "It’s important we came up with something that works for everybody."

    ARLC chairman Peter V’landys said Test football "is not off the table" for 2020, despite the coronavirus outbreak. It has raised hopes of internationals being staged at the end of the current season.

    "What we’re very keen to do is get across to all of the parties is an understanding that here is an international window," Barclay said.

    "Once we’ve got that, we can start thinking about how we fill that. There is some good momentum around some of the countries and we don’t want to lose that.

    "In October-November, could we [play]? Possibly, fingers crossed."

  3. Hello, I'm The Doctor

    Hello, I'm The Doctor First Grade

    May 14, 2013
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    TBF it only looks like the Journo is saying "playing Origin = declaring for Australia"...

    We will have to wait and see, but if the only change is to say that players can only represent one country within one RL calendar year (November to November), then I have no problem.

    I imagine the "Origin for Roos players only" is only an issue for the ARLC and they seem to have realised the value of strong opponents instead of just hoarding players.
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