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Semi Radradra wants to play for Australia

Discussion in 'International' started by Burns, Feb 23, 2016.

  1. hutch

    hutch First Grade

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    On form he is the best winger in the world, every team would be lucky to have him. For the good of the sport, Australia should leave him to play for Fiji. The NRL should pay him to be an ambassador for Fiji.
     
  2. TITAN MAN

    TITAN MAN Juniors

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    He won't get picked no way anyhow, the kangaroos*and meninga in particular always , always stick solid, boyd guaranteed and morris guaranteed no two ways about it.
     
  3. TITAN MAN

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    He won't get picked no way anyhow, the kangaroos*and meninga in particular always , always stick solid, boyd guaranteed and morris guaranteed no two ways about it.
     
  4. Parra Pride

    Parra Pride Coach

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    I agree he should be playing for Fiji. However he has declared for Australia, and simply saying "he should play for Fiji" isn't enough to justify leaving him out.
     
  5. moffla

    moffla Juniors

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    Change the eligibility restrictions. It's ridiculous that someone can play for two countries IMO
     
  6. Springs

    Springs First Grade

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    This is the worst one so far. A country's best player by far and he switches to the World Champions for what? He might be able to play Four Nations this year but other than that Fiji are playing just as many games in the next two years as Australia is. Unless he has an explosive urge to play Four Nations it's only about the $$.

    I'm happy for players to play for their country of birth and heritage. But Radradra is in no way Australian. If he wants to apply for citizenship then that's fair enough. But this residency rule crap should be cut. We try and grow the game and see players born and raised in the island countries come over and play for Australia or NZ after three years. Lam, Kaufusi, Moi Moi, Uate, Hurrell, Segeyaro and now Radradra.

    It's most annoying when someone like Segeyaro switches when there's still several players in front of him, like Australia only got him to switch so PNG couldn't have their best player.
     
  7. latingringo101

    latingringo101 Juniors

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    It should be 5 years instead of 3.

    But with the current rules in place we'll still see players like Radradra swapping until the RLIF steps in and makes sure its harder for players to swap at the drop of a hat
     
  8. yakstorm

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    Honestly there just needs to be an 'Big 3 Clause' that prevents Australia, New Zealand and England picking players based upon residency if they move to one of those countries after the age of 13.

    The only exception is if the player comes from a country that does not have a domestic Rugby League competition or national team.

    The residency rule is designed to help weaker nations get stronger, not help the strong get even stronger.
     
  9. expansionist

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    I still think this thread has the wrong title..

    IMHO he doesnt WANT to play for Australia - he WANTS to play SOO for whatever reason (testing yourself, $$$ etc)

    This will keep happening
     
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  10. flamin

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    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sp...i/news-story/d0016821203cde597b7e72db7e2484a3
    Are rugby league journos too lazy to do a Google search or just dumb? Origin eligibility has nothing to do with international rugby league rules! It's the ARLC's laws.
     
  11. adamkungl

    adamkungl Immortal

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    These 3 countries should on principle, agree to never use the residency rule. It's embarrassing.

    But the fact remains, if Fiji a) had games and b) were paid a reasonable amount for them by the extremely cash flush ARLC this wouldnt be an issue.
     
  12. Scubby

    Scubby Juniors

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    I presume Uate will now be Fijian again in the Pacific Test now that his Origin and Australia chances are long gone?

    It is rotten to the core. Australia, England and NZ should never take players on residency. They have all done it at different points and it is just wrong. They should make a stand!
     
  13. expansionist

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    Look at Anthony Milford.... did a whole world cup for Samoa, speaks Samoan as a first language, has a Samoan passport, but cant play for Samoa as he wants to play for Queensland. Our eligibility rules suck

    Sorry slightly off topic but just reminded of it after watching the game tonight!
     
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  14. Scubby

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    Yep, if ever a guy typified the fact that families with a deep Polynesian heritage migrate to Australia for a better life it is Milford. He and Joey Leluai are perfect examples of a changing world where you can feel part of a RL state but love your heritage.

    Joey, stuck to his guns and refused City-Country, shadow squads to play for Samoa. No doubt he has lost 1000s of $$$ because of that as you have to declare for Australia. Milford has probably dreamt of pulling on a Maroon jersey since he was a primary school kid yet he jumped at the chance to play for Samoa. Origin has done this with the beast it has created.
     
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    http://allaboutnrl.com/2016/03/31/shaun-kenny-dowall-opposes-semi-radradra-playing-for-kangaroos/


    SHAUN KENNY-DOWALL OPPOSES SEMI RADRADRA PLAYING FOR KANGAROOS

    Shaun Kenny-Dowall has called for Rugby League officials to block Semi Radradra from playing for the Australian Kangaroos. He believes Australia shouldn’t be allowed to pick up the best players from smaller countries to enhance their side.

    Do you agree with Kenny-Dowall

    “The game has to establish some boundaries and set rules on eligibility for Origin and Australia and New Zealand” he said.

    “Just throwing people from all over the place together, just to get the best team on the field isn’t right.

    “If they want to develop the game and bring up these second-tier countries, then they need to have their best players on the field and not in the Australian and New Zealand sides.

    “I definitely think they need to have a look at the rules around this.”
     
  16. BuffaloRules

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    SKD doesn't seem to realise that there are rules now for Origin eligibility.

    Isn't that what is getting Semi cheesed off?
     
  17. Burns

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    So, why doesn't the Fiji Rugby League say something? Or the other Pacific nations? It all seems a bit quiet. Threaten to boycott the Pacific Cup?
     
  18. siv

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    Asid-Pacific RL Federation should be representing the interests of AP players at Test level

    But they dont seem to exist
     
  19. LeagueXIII

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    What is said by the Fijian RL doesn't necessarily get reported in Australian newspapers:

    http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=348004

     
  20. deluded pom?

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    Whilst I agree with SKD it's a bit hypocritical coming from a Kiwi.
     

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