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    Quote Originally Posted by jargan83 View Post
    How the fuck do Ireland miss out on a QF spot yet Lebanon who only won 1 game get through?
    Samoa are through without winning a game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jargan83 View Post
    How the fuck do Ireland miss out on a QF spot yet Lebanon who only won 1 game get through?
    Not right is it. I think, even though this will be a successful tournament, it needs a little tweaking to ensure it actually benefits growing the game outside of England, Oz, PNG and the PI. A quota of residents to be fielded in each team? There's actually only 1 Lebanon based player in that team. Most are reserve graders with a couple of first graders and a few from Auburn Warriors and Blacktown Workers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shasta View Post
    Not right is it. I think, even though this will be a successful tournament, it needs a little tweaking to ensure it actually benefits growing the game outside of England, Oz, PNG and the PI. A quota of residents to be fielded in each team? There's actually only 1 Lebanon based player in that team. Most are reserve graders with a couple of first graders and a few from Auburn Warriors and Blacktown Workers.
    At least the RLIF mandates the code is actually played in that country nowadays - league wasn't actually played in Lebanon when they competed at the 2000 World Cup. To the international federation's credit they have done a good job basing the international game on a much more rigorous footing since then (pretty much starting with the 2008 World Cup) which is starting to pay dividends now. That said the women's tournament starting on Thursday will feature a Canadian team made up entirely of active rugby union players or converts!

    I think more important is what they do with a team like Tonga now. We saw what happened with Samoa - they had a huge showing at the 2014 Four Nations, almost causing a couple of upsets, and then didn't play another tier one nation until this year. Any progress they could have made was lost.

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    They have put a bye window concurrently here and in the UK. Player logistics could be a sticking point with the clubs though.

    USA has made strides with most of the squad playing domestically there. Or at least in North America. Got a few playing for the Toronto Wolf Pack. Be interesting to see they progress next year with their promotion. I think the Coal Train is playing for them.

    New York are supposedly entering Superleague in 2019 and Want Hayne.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shasta View Post
    New York are supposedly entering Superleague in 2019 and Want Hayne.
    I'll believe that when I see it. At least 3 years of planning went into getting the Toronto Wolfpack into the English 3rd tier, not to mention rugby league already had a presence in the region.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beige View Post
    I'll believe that when I see it. At least 3 years of planning went into getting the Toronto Wolfpack into the English 3rd tier, not to mention rugby league already had a presence in the region.
    Bad choice of words. NY are looking into taking the same route - thru the 3rd division. A true Mungo would've known that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shasta View Post
    A true Mungo would've known that.
    My dad's from the North Shore dude...

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    Quote Originally Posted by beige View Post
    My dad's from the North Shore dude...
    Mine too. North shore of the Georges River. But what that's got to with anything - FIIK.

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    Sorry I thought we were starting a "smartarse-off" - my mistake...

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    Quote Originally Posted by beige View Post
    Sorry I thought we were starting a "smartarse-off" - my mistake...
    Watch it, with Shasta they can rapidly turn into a smartarse-athon.

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    Morgan to score a double @$9.00.

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