Discussion in 'World Cup' started by S J, Oct 30, 2016.
General news here please. NOT 2017 World Cup news ! It has its own thread.
The Rugby League International Federation said today that England beat a U.S.-Canada bid to host the 2021 World Cup.
However, the governing body said the U.S.-Canada bid "scored impressively in many areas" and that it will recommend to its congress that the countries host the 2025 tournament.
David Collier, chief executive of the RLIF, says there is an "unprecedented opportunity to take rugby league's pinnacle event ... to the commercially lucrative and passionate sports audience of North America."
The region will host professional rugby league from May when Toronto plays in Britain's third tier.
America and Canada to host the 2025 World Cup. Great move.
Agreed. One thing the Yanks can do, unlike the fools at the RFL, is organise a piss-up in a brewery,
Still - a good crowd at the Four Nation's Final this year. Considering home team not in it.
I thought this contest was only put on for the benefit of the Kiwis and Roos.
The Poms have lost a lot since their sides of the late 50's early 60's and the reason could be a combination of "superleague" and to many foreigners in their clubs sides.
The reason is money, pure and simple. I doubt many Aussies fully take on board just how little money there is in the game in England compared to the NRL.
There has been much chatter here about Kalyn Ponga: He has gone to the Knights on a deal which represent a quarter of the SL salary cap. For a kid who's played two NRL games! That kinda throws it into perspective.
True - and we've seen it before where they don't produce the goods.
Sure, but I was really talking about money in the game, not Ponga.
Owen Farrell is literally a millionaire from playing RU for Saracens and England, and future Owen Farrell's who grew up playing league will of course go to union as well.
The money issues are starting to come home to roost downunder to with more than a few clubs having serious fiscal issues.
The pressure to compete has caused a few clubs to rort the system so sad ot say it but a form of "draft" would be needed to level the playing field
For a "working mans" game money has become the #1 thing since the super league war as players and their agents demand more dollars to play.
The Nrl gets a motza from its Tv deals and spends up big on extra staff to push pens in its office.
At the same time it is cutting back on actual lower grade football that feeds its Nrl sides while trying to get as many teams to play at the Anz stadium as they can to justify its existence.
Appreciate that Moto - but its part of the game here now. A BIG part.
From gambling to TV - bikies to Billionaires.
As StG says the working man's game has been taken over. Players demand more and more.
I wonder what might happen one day if the TV dollar starts to disappear. We need to develop our infrastructure, our local teams, junior and country teams. Not just feed the "stars". So I don't care if they go to Yawnion, AFL or NFL.
The circle turns - where once England was the hub - we are now. BUT - the Pacific - eg Islands such as Fiji, PNG, - may well become the big thing in 25-50 years. Just look at the people who play the game here now. The money may always be with us - but the players may not.
Our blokes use to go to the UK for the money - now it seems your lot come here. It will change.
In 2025 the USA will hold the World Cup. This could see an explosion of the game there. If so - who knows where it might lead. NFL rejects coming to the game. Money that has never been seen. Our top players might well be poached and play there.
BBC secures rights to broadcast all 31 games. Every game at the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England will be broadcast live on the BBC.
At least 16 of the 31 matches will be shown on BBC One or BBC Two, with the remaining fixtures available on Red Button and online.
The BBC is also set to broadcast this year's tournament in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
The Poms will be in with as good a chance as any of the top sides.
It was only a few years ago aussies looked at games against the kiwis as warms ups to play England.
Nowadays the Kiwis are a good chance to knock us over as lose.
Sj is right at hinting the poly sides are on the ascension mainly due to their numbers in the Nrl and the Pom star players are also benefitting but like Moto you would rather see them playing at home.
Lebanon name strong squad for RLWC 2017
Robbie Farah, Tim Mannah, Mitchell Moses, Michael Lichaa and Alex Twal have been named in a Lebanon train-on squad for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, and they could be joined by Josh Mansour and NSW Warratahs winger Reece Robinson.
Scotland Squad for the 2017 World Cup :
Danny Addy - Hull KR (14 Tests)
Euan Aitken - St George Illawarra Dragons (3)
Ryan Brierley - Toronto Wolfpack (2)
Sam Brooks - Featherstone Rovers (3)...
Danny Brough - Huddersfield Giants (23)
Brett Carter – Barrow Raiders (6)
Lewis Clarke – Moore Park Broncos (2)
Lachlan Coote - North Queensland Cowboys (3)
Davie Dixon - Keighley Cougars (0)
Luke Douglas - St Helens (8)
Liam Faughlan – Maitland Pickers (0)
Dale Ferguson - Huddersfield Giants (14)
Ben Hellewell - London Broncos (15)
Liam Hood - Leigh Centurions (7)
Ben Kavanagh - Hull KR (14)
Kane Linnett - North Queensland Cowboys (7)
Frankie Mariano - Featherstone Rovers (2)
Joe McClean - Gloucestershire All Golds (4)
Ryan Maneely - Rochdale Hornets (0)
Kieran Moran – Hull KR (0)
Will Oakes - Hull KR (0)
Brett Phillips - Workington Town (9)
Calum Phillips - Workington Town (5)
Scott Plumridge - Mittagong Lions (2)
Sheldon Powe-Hobbs - Northern Pride (1)
Matthew Russell - Warrington Wolves (8)
David Scott - Batley Bulldogs (13)
Lachlan Stein - Penrith Panthers (0)
Oscar Thomas - London Broncos (6)
Lewis Tierney - Wigan Warriors (3)
Adam Walker - Wakefield Trinity (14)
Alex Walker - London Broncos (3)
Jonathan Walker - Darlington Point Roosters (6)
Peter Wallace - Penrith Panthers (4)
Joe Wardle - Newcastle Knights (6)
Brandan Wilkinson - Bradford Bulls (0)
Craig Kopczak has been named as captain and Phil Joseph and Elliot Kear as vice captains for Wales' Rugby League World Cup 2017 campaign.
Salford Red Devils prop Kopczak has been Wales' skipper for the past two years and led the side to European Championship success in 2015 and World Cup qualification last autumn.
Kopczak said: "I'm really looking forward to it. It's a big competition.
"One of my best memories is leading Wales out in Cardiff in the opening game of the 2013 World Cup. It was a huge honour and it'll be great to do it in another World Cup.
"I'm looking forward to the challenge. Each game is going to be really competitive and we need to make sure that we match Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Ireland in every department."
Joseph, meanwhile, has previously acted as a vice captain under Kopczak.
Kangaroos World Cup squad: Darius Boyd, Will Chambers, Boyd Cordner (vc), Cooper Cronk, Josh Dugan, Andrew Fifita, Tyson Frizell, Dane Gagai, Matt Gillett, Wade Graham, Valentine Holmes, Ben Hunt, Felise Kaufusi, David Klemmer, Josh McGuire, James Maloney, Jordan McLean, Michael Morgan, Cameron Munster, Billy Slater, Cameron Smith (c), Jake Trbojevic, Tom Trbojevic, Aaron Woods
Jonathan Taylor Alley, Ryan Burroughs, Charles 'CJ' Cortalano, Joseph Eichner, Bureta Faraimo, Gabriel Farley, Kristian Freed, Daniel Howard, Stephen Howard, Martwain Johnston, Andrew Kneisly, Corey Makelim, Fotukava 'Hiko' Malu, David Marando, Nicholas Newlin, Mark Offerdahl, Edward Pettybourne, Joshua Rice, Matthew Shipway, Samuel Tochtermann-Talbott, David Ulch, Taioalo Junior Vaivai, Matthew Walsh
Bastien Ader, Olivier Arnaud, Lucas Albert, Jason Baitieri, William Barthau, Guillaume Bonnet, Julian Bousquet, Clement Boyer, Damien Cardace, Nabil Djalout, Theo Fages, John Boudebza, Benjamin Garcia, Maxime Herold, Benjamin Jullien, Thibault Margalet, Anthony Maria, Hakim Miloudi, Mark Keirallah, Roman Navarette, Eloi Pelissier, Mickael Rouch, Gadwin Springer, Fouad Yaha
Jason Taumalolo decides to play for Tonga - not NZ.
Papua New Guinea Kumuls Squad (alphabetical order):
Ase Boas - SP PNG Hunters
David Mead - Brisbane Broncos
Enock Maki - SP PNG Hunters
Garry Lo - Sheffield Eagles
James Segeyaro - Cronulla Sharks
Justin Olam - Melbourne Storm
Kato Ottio - Canberra Raiders
Kurt Baptiste - Canberra Raiders
Lachlan Lam - Sydney Roosters
Luke Page - Burleigh Bears
Moses Meninga - SP PNG Hunters
Nene MacDonald - St. George Illawarra Dragons
Nixon Put - SP PNG Hunters
Paul Aiton – Catalan Dragons
Rhys Martin – Canterbury Bulldogs
Rod Griffin – Canterbury Bulldogs
Stanton Albert - SP PNG Hunters
Stargroth Amean - SP PNG Hunters
Thompson Teteh - Redcliffe Dolphins
Wartovo Puara Jnr - SP PNG Hunters
Wellington Albert – SP PNG Hunters
Watson Boas – SP PNG Hunters
Willie Minoga – SP PNG Hunters
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