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    *Official* Rugby League World Cup 2013

    Doesn't seem to be a thread on this yet and its starting next month.

    Rugby League World Cup 2013 Fixtures

    Still wonder why they bother with a World Cup personally, when only 3 countries actually play the game but anyway....

    Anyone think this needs a dedicated forum rather than a dedicated thread?

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    Reckon we'll probably be ok with a thread, myself.

    &, to be fair, it is five nations who play it. It's PNG's national sport &,whilst the French enclave is small, it is undeniably extant. Their team will be mostly made of actual Frenchmen, as opposed to the Aussies/Kiwis/Poms with a qualifying grandparent who make up the rest of the other squads.

    One of the same, Italy (without a single native Italian), actually have a pretty decent looking squad. Could surprise a few.

    But, realistically, a Kangaroo win with England as runners-up looks fairly nailed on, especially with NZ's ropey record in Blighty is factored in.
    - As featured in The Independent.

    "Predictably, the ending of his international career did not end the argument about Pietersen's merits, as an army of informed commentators and Piers Morgan weighed in to defend or attack him."
    - The Guardian's Andrew Anthony

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    If we lose two World Cup's in a row that'll be shocking. Don't get to watch much Super League, will be good to see some of their players, as well as seeing how the other nations go. I wonder if any of Sammy's brothers will make it to the English side. Does anyone know how good the coverage in Aus will be? Probably only show matches Australia is involved in... but I'd love to watch all of them.
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    Thing is, Sam aside, all the Burgess boys are pretty much specialist props.

    Assuming fitness Morley will be one of our props, so they're all competing with the likes of Carvell, Hock and Crabtree for the other prop and interchange spots.


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    Also add in James Graham too. I think George Burgess will make the squad, but I don't watch ESL so it is probably lucky I'm not an English selector.

    Some of the pacific island countries will be reasonably competitive, they will have many NRL players in their lineups.

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    So basically after the opening game we wait a month till the next meaningful match in the semi final between NZ and the losers of the opening game. Seems a long drawn out competition with so few decent sides.

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    can't argue with brumby's predictions. If SBW plays look for him to be worth 6 points, Our 7 will hurt us. Our 9 will be our best player,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane View Post
    can't argue with brumby's predictions. If SBW plays look for him to be worth 6 points, Our 7 will hurt us. Our 9 will be our best player,
    Why will Shaun Johnson hurt you? He is a quality footballer who has had an excellent season.

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    Is Roby still playing well in England? Always liked him.

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    I'm pissed off Sky don't have the rights to this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerFurball View Post
    I'm pissed off Sky don't have the rights to this.
    They don't.

    The BBC are showing some of the games (all England games and the finals) and Premier Sports are showing the rest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    They don't.

    The BBC are showing some of the games (all England games and the finals) and Premier Sports are showing the rest.
    I know they don't, hence my post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerFurball View Post
    I know they don't, hence my post.
    Read it as "I'll be pissed off if.." for some reason.

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    Brumby is off his head, NZ are balls deep in this

    ****s like SBW, RST, Foran, Johnson, Locke, JWH are quality

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    Yeah NZ will have a great squad for sure.

    Someone like RTS might not even get a game with Nightingale, Vatuvei, Perrett, Hoffman all potential wing options and Hoffman would act as the backup fullback too if Locke is actually ahead of him which is debatable.

    The 6,7,9 combo of Foran+Johnson+Luke is quality too. They would want those 3 to stay fit as Leuluai is the only genuine player that NZ would feel comfortable enough performing in those key play maker positions. Good grunt up front too with JWH, Matulino, McKendry, Bromwich..

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