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2017 World Cup Week 1: Teams and Game Day

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Australia V England
Friday 27 October 8:00pm AEDT
Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne
TV: 7mate pre game 7:00pm Seven 7:30pm AEDT
Replay 7mate Saturday 1:30pm

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Australia
1 Billy Slater
2 Dane Gagai
3 Will Chambers
4 Josh Dugan
5 Valentine Holmes
6 Michael Morgan
7 Cooper Cronk
8 Aaron Woods
9 Cameron Smith (c)
10 David Klemmer
11 Boyd Cordner (vc)
12 Matt Gillett
13 Jake Trbojevic
14 Wade Graham
15 Jordan McLean
16 Josh McGuire
17 Tyson Frizell

18 Reagan Campbell-Gillard
19 Ben Hunt
20 Tom Trbojevic
21 Felise Kaufusi

England
1 Jonny Lomax
2 Jermaine McGillvary
3 Kallum Watkins
4 John Bateman
5 Ryan Hall
6 Gareth Widdop
7 Luke Gale
8 Chris Hill
9 Josh Hodgson
10 James Graham
11 Sam Burgess
12 Elliott Whitehead
13 Sean O’Loughlin (c)
14 Alex Walmsley
15 Chris Heighington
16 Thomas Burgess
17 James Roby

18 Ben Curries
19 Kevin Brown
20 Mark Percival
21 Scott Taylor

Papua New Guinea V Wales
Saturday 28 October 4:00pm AEDT
National Football Stadium, Port Moresby
TV: 7mate pre game 3:30pm 7mate 4:00pm AEDT

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Papua New Guinea
1 David Mead (c)
2 Justin Olam
3 Kato Ottio
4 Nene Macdonald
5 Garry Lo
6 Ase Boas
7 Watson Boas
8 Stanton Albert
9 Wartovo Puara
10 Luke Page
11 Rhyse Martin
12 Rod Griffin
13 Paul Aiton
14 Kurt Baptiste
15 Willie Minoga
16 James Segeyaro
17 Enock Maki

18 Lachlan Lam
19 Stargroth Amean
20 Wellington Albert
21 Moses Meninga

Wales
1 Elliot Kear
2 Rhys Williams
3 Michael Channing
4 Andrew Gay
5 Regan Grace
6 Courtney Davies
7 Matt Seamark
8 Craig Kopczak (c)
9 Steve Parry
10 Philip Joseph
11 Rhodri Lloyd
12 Ben Morris
13 Morgan Knowles
14 Matty Fozard
15 Sam Hopkins
16 Ben Evans
17 Chester Butler

18 Josh Ralph
19 Dalton Grant
20 Christiaan Roets
21 Matthew Barron

New Zealand V Samoa
Saturday 28 October 6:10pm AEDT
Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland
TV: 7mate 6:00pm AEDT

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New Zealand
1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
2 Dallin Watene Zelezniak
3 Gerard Beale
4 Bradley Takairangi
5 Jordan Rapana
6 Kodi Nikorima
7 Shaun Johnson
8 Martin Taupau
9 Thomas Leuluai
10 Adam Blair (c)
11 Kenny Bromwich
12 Joseph Tapine
13 Simon Mannering
14 Nelson Asofa-Solomona
15 Russell Packer
16 Isaac Liu
17 Danny Levi

18 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
19 Peta Hiku
20 Te Maire Martin
21 Addin Fonua-Blake

Samoa
1 Young Tonumaipea
2 Peter Mata'utia
3 Timoteo Lafai
4 Joseph Leilua
5 Ken Maumalo
6 Joseph Paulo
7 Ben Roberts
8 Junior Paulo
9 Jazz Tevaga
10 Sam Lisone
11 Joshua Papalii
12 Frank Pritchard (c)
13 Leeson Ah Mau
14 Pita Godinet
15 Herman Ese'ese
16 Suaia Matagi
17 Bunty Afoa

18 Zane Musgrove
19 Ricky Leutele
20 Frank Winterstein
21 Fa'amanu Brown

Fiji V United States of America
Saturday 28 October 8:40pm AEDT
Townsville Stadium, Townsville
TV: 7mate 8:00pm AEDT

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Fiji
1 Kevin Naiqama (c)
2 Suliasi Vunivalu
3 Taane Milne
4 Akuila Uate
5 Marcelo Montoya
6 Jarryd Hayne
7 Henry Raiwalui
8 Ashton Sims
9 Apisai Koroisau
10 Kane Evans
11 Viliame Kikau
12 Korbin Sims
13 Tui Kamikamica
14 Joe Lovodua
15 Jacob Saifiti
16 Eloni Vunakece
17 Petero Benjamin Nakubuwai

18 Brayden Wiliame
19 James Storer
20 Junior Roqica
21 Pio Seci

USA
1 Corey Makelim
2 Ryan Burroughs
3 Junior Vaivai
4 Jonathan Alley
5 Bureta Faraimo
6 Kristian Freed
7 Matthew Walsh
8 Eddy Pettybourne
9 David Marando
10 Mark Offerdahl (c)
11 Danny Howard
12 Matt Shipway
13 Nicholas Newlin
14 Sam Tochterman-Talbott
15 Andrew Kneisly
16 Steve Howard
17 Gabriel Farley

18 Charles Joseph Cortalano
19 Joe Eichner
20 David Ulch
21 Joshua Rice

Ireland V Italy
Sunday 29 October 3:00pm AEDT
Barlow Park, Cairns
TV: 7mate pre game 2:30pm 7mate 3:00pm AEDT

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Ireland
1 Scott Grix
2 Shannon Mcdonnell
3 Ed Chamberlain
4 Centre Michael Morgan
5 Wing Liam Kay
6 Api Pewhairangi
7 Liam Finn (c)
8 1 Brad Singleton
9 Michael Mcilorum
10 Kyle Amor
11 Louie Mccarthy-Scarsbrook
12 Oliver Roberts
13 George King
14 Tyrone Mccarthy
15 James Hasson
16 Joe Philbin
17 Anthony Mullally

18 Joe Keyes
19 Will Hope
20 Jack Higginson
21 Matty Hadden

Italy
1 James Tedesco
2 Mason Cerruto
3 Justin Castellaro
4 Nathan Milone
5 Josh Mantellato
6 Terry Campese
7 Jack Johns
8 Paul Vaughan
9 Ryan Ghietti
10 Daniel Alvaro
11 Joel Riethmuller
12 Mark Minichiello (c)
13 Nathan Brown
14 Colin Wilkie
15 Brendan Santi
16 Shannon Wakeman
17 Jayden Walker

18 Christophe Calegri
19 Christopher Centrone
20 Joe Tramontana
21 Gavin Hiscox

France V Lebanon
Sunday 29 October 4:00pm AEDT
Canberra Stadium, Canberra
TV: 7 Live App Delayed 7mate 7:30pm AEDT

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France
1 Mark Kheirallah
2 Fouad Yaha
3 Bastien Ader
4 Damien Cardace
5 Ilias Bergal
6 Theo Fages (c)
7 William Barthau
8 Antoni Maria
9 Eloi Pelissier
10 Julian Bousquet
11 Benjamin Garcia
12 Benjamin Jullien
13 Jason Baitieri
14 Clement Boyer
15 Nabil Djalout
16 Thibault Margalet
17 Lucas Albert

18 John Boudebza
19 Olivier Arnoud
20 Mickael Rouch
21 Romain Navarrete

Lebanon
1 Anthony Layoun
2 Travis Robinson
3 James Elias
4 Jason Wehbe
5 Abbas Miski
6 Mitchell Moses
7 Robbie Farah (c)
8 Tim Mannah
9 Michael Lichaa
10 Alex Twal
11 Chris Saab
12 Ahmad Ellaz
13 Nick Kassis
14 Mitchell Mamary
15 Elias Sukkar
16 Jaleel Seve-Derbas
17 Andrew Kazzi

18 Adam Doueihi
19 Bilal Maarbani
20 Jamie Clark
21 Danny Barakat

Scotland V Tonga
Sunday 29 October 5:15pm AEDT
Barlow Park, Cairns
TV: 7mate 5:15pm AEDT

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Scotland
1 Lewis Tierney
2 Matthew Russell
3 Ben Hellewel
4 Lachlan Stein
5 Will Oakes
6 Danny Brough (c)
7 Danny Addy
8 Luke Douglas
9 Kane Bentley
10 Ben Kavanagh
11 Frankie Mariano
12 Dale Ferguson
13 James Bell
14 Callum Phillips
15 Andrew Bentley
16 Sam Brooks
17 Johnny Walker

18 Alex Walker
19 Jarred Anderson
20 Kieran Moran
21 Brandan Wilkinson

Tonga
1 William Hopoate
2 Daniel Tupou
3 Michael Jennings
4 Konrad Hurrell
5 Manu Vatuvei
6 Tuimoala Lolohea
7 Mafoa'aeata Hingano
8 Andrew Fifita
9 Siliva Havili
10 Sio Siua Taukeiaho
11 Manu Ma'u
12 Sika Manu (c)
13 Jason Taumalolo
14 Sione Katoa
15 Sam Moa
16 Peni Terepo
17 Ben Murdoch-Masilia

18 Joe Ofahengaue
19 Solomone Kata
20 David Fusitua
21 Samisoni Langi
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RLWC 2017: Canberra Raiders Jordan Rapana and Joe Tapine named for New Zealand Kiwis clash with Toa Samoa

New Zealand have named their 17-man line-up for Saturday's Rugby League World Cup clash with Samoa at Mt Smart Stadium. Jordan Rapana has been named on the wing, with Joe Tapine to take his place in the starting second row.

New Zealand Kiwis

1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
3. Gerard Beale
4. Brad Takairangi
5. Jordan Rapana
6. Kodi Nikorima
7. Shaun Johnson
8. Martin Taupau
9. Thomas Leuluai
10. Adam Blair (c)
11. Kenny Browmich
12. Joseph Tapine
13. Simon Mannering
Interchange:
14. Nelson Asofa-Solomona
15. Russell Packer
16. Isaac Liu
17. Danny Levi
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Joey Joe Joe in the starting pack. Happy for him. Hopefully he picks up some confidence out of this.
Rapana also has a centre that's good at setting up his winger.

That's a good bench.
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RLWC 2017: New Zealand Kiwis to field 'best 17' in opener

Kiwis coach David Kidwell has gone straight for his first-choice team for New Zealand's first World Cup match against Samoa on Saturday night in Auckland.

"At this stage it is, yeah definitely [it's my best team]," Kidwell said. "I didn't have a team in mind at the start of the tournament to be honest because I wanted to see how everyone came together, that was the most important thing. Even though [there are players] making their debut, the boys have the trust that these guys are able to come in and do the job against Samoa on Saturday."

Read more: http://www.nrl.com/kiwis-to-field-best- ... fault.aspx

Discipline the key for England: Bennett: http://www.nrl.com/discipline-the-key-f ... fault.aspx

Short preparation no issue for Kangaroos: http://www.nrl.com/short-preparation-no ... fault.aspx

Five-eighth my 'Roos preference: Morgan: http://www.nrl.com/five-eighth-my-roos- ... fault.aspx
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RLWC 2017: Kangaroos name three rookies for England

Australia have named three debutants for Friday night's World Cup opener against England in Melbourne, while Michael Morgan has won the race for the No.6 jersey.

Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga has made six changes to the team that thrashed New Zealand 30-12 in their most recent outing in May at Canberra.

South Sydney-bound back Dane Gagai, Storm premiership winner Jordan McLean and Sharks enforcer Wade Graham will be handed their maiden Kangaroos jerseys for the clash against Wayne Bennett's side at AAMI Park.

Australia

1 Billy Slater
2 Dane Gagai
3 Will Chambers
4 Josh Dugan
5 Valentine Holmes
6 Michael Morgan
7 Cooper Cronk
8 Aaron Woods
9 Cameron Smith (c)
10 David Klemmer
11 Boyd Cordner (vc)
12 Matt Gillett
13 Jake Trbojevic
Interchange:
14 Wade Graham
15 Jordan McLean
16 Josh McGuire
17 Tyson Frizell
18 Reagan Campbell-Gillard
19 Ben Hunt
20 Tom Trbojevic
21 Felise Kaufusi

Read more: http://www.nrl.com/kangaroos-name-three ... fault.aspx
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thought that said Josh McCrone for a second...
Gina Riley: Oh, come on, John. That’s a bit old hat, the corrupt IOC delegate.
John Clarke: Old hat? Gina, in the scientific world when they see that something is happening again and again and again, repeatedly, they don’t call it old hat. They call it a pattern.
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Canberra Raiders named for opening round of the 2017 World Cup

The Papua New Guinea Kumuls have named their team to face Wales in the World Cup clash at Port Moresby on Saturday. Canberra Raiders Kato Ottio has been named at centre, while hooker Kurt Baptiste has been named on the bench.

Papua New Guinea Kumuls

1 David Mead (c)
2 Justin Olam
3 Kato Ottio
4 Nene Macdonald
5 Garry Lo
6 Ase Boas
7 Watson Boas
8 Stanton Albert
9 Wartovo Puara
10 Luke Page
11 Rhyse Martin
12 Rod Griffin
13 Paul Aiton
14 Kurt Baptiste
15 Willie Minoga
16 James Segeyaro
17 Enock Maki

18 Lachlan Lam
19 Stargroth Amean
20 Wellington Albert
21 Moses Meninga

Meanwhile, Joey Leilua, Junior Paulo and Josh Papalii have all been named in the starting team for Samoa, who take on New Zealand on Saturday night in Auckland.

Toa Samoa

1 Young Tonumaipea
2 Peter Mata'utia
3 Timoteo Lafai
4 Joseph Leilua
5 Ken Maumalo
6 Joseph Paulo
7 Ben Roberts
8 Junior Paulo
9 Jazz Tevaga
10 Sam Lisone
11 Joshua Papalii
12 Frank Pritchard (c)
13 Leeson Ah Mau
14 Pita Godinet
15 Herman Ese'ese
16 Suaia Matagi
17 Bunty Afoa
18 Zane Musgrove
19 Ricky Leutele
20 Frank Winterstein
21 Fa'amanu Brown

England have named Josh Hodgson and Elliott Whitehead in their starting team to meet Australia on Friday night.

1 Jonny Lomax
2 Jermaine McGillvary
3 Kallum Watkins
4 John Bateman
5 Ryan Hall
6 Gareth Widdop
7 Luke Gale
8 Chris Hill
9 Josh Hodgson
10 James Graham
11 Sam Burgess
12 Elliott Whitehead
13 Sean O’Loughlin (c)
14 Alex Walmsley
15 Chris Heighington
16 Thomas Burgess
17 James Roby

18 Ben Curries
19 Kevin Brown
20 Mark Percival
21 Scott Taylor

And former Canberra Raiders captain Terry Campese has been named at five eighth for Italy in the clash with Ireland at Barlow Park, Cairns on Sunday.

Italy

1 James Tedesco
2 Mason Cerruto
3 Justin Castellaro
4 Nathan Milone
5 Josh Mantellato
6 Terry Campese
7 Jack Johns
8 Paul Vaughan
9 Ryan Ghietti
10 Daniel Alvaro
11 Joel Riethmuller
12 Mark Minichiello (c)
13 Nathan Brown
14 Colin Wilkie
15 Brendan Santi
16 Shannon Wakeman
17 Jayden Walker

18 Christophe Calegri
19 Christopher Centrone
20 Joe Tramontana
21 Gavin Hiscox

See all the Week 1 World Cup squads here: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=32318&p=1552842#p1552842
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Who's heading out to Canberra Stadium on Sunday?
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Yep I’ll be there
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That Samoan team are going to give the kiwis a serious run for their money. Fancy having Adam Blair as your starting front rower and captain. The decline of the kiwis/warriors over the last half a dozen years makes me said. The warriors had all 3 of their teams featuring on grand final day in 2011 and the world was their oyster. All NZ has done since is win a four nations tournament and one Anzac test match when clueless sheens was at the helm of the Aussies.
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Really looking forward to a good week of footy
Kiwis boast a really powerful bench and i think that'll give them the edge in that match.
Lebanon and Italy boast some very good players at there disposal and i look forward to seeing how they go over the tournament
The game i look forward to the most is PNG vs Wales, looking forward to an absolute cracker and roaring crowd, can't wait
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Honestly this is getting ridiculous. How the hell do Woods and Dugan continue to be selected?
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gergreg wrote:Honestly this is getting ridiculous. How the hell do Woods and Dugan continue to be selected?


I have no idea and it is outrageous that these blokes put on a green and gold jersey. It's why I'm quite happy to see the Kangaroos beaten.
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the bone wrote:That Samoan team are going to give the kiwis a serious run for their money. Fancy having Adam Blair as your starting front rower and captain. The decline of the kiwis/warriors over the last half a dozen years makes me said. The warriors had all 3 of their teams featuring on grand final day in 2011 and the world was their oyster. All NZ has done since is win a four nations tournament and one Anzac test match when clueless sheens was at the helm of the Aussies.

Agree that it's shaping up to be a close one, but I don't think their too bad with Blair and Taupau starting... They've got some grunt and get the work done. Then the bench rotation is NAS, Packer, Liu.... Not too shabby. That being said, that side could have looked a lot better on paper than it currently does with everyone available. I really like the look of Samoa, I must say.
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Big up Tapine on the starting role too, that's massive.
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greeneyed wrote:
gergreg wrote:Honestly this is getting ridiculous. How the hell do Woods and Dugan continue to be selected?


I have no idea and it is outrageous that these blokes put on a green and gold jersey. It's why I'm quite happy to see the Kangaroos beaten.

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The delusion of PNG gets deeper every single game they play and persist on wasting their NRL talent. I've said the same thing every game they've played and failed for a long time now that picking the Boas brothers in the halves with the likes of McDonald at centre and Baptiste on the bench is absolutely ridiculous. Nene McDonald should be five-eighth, 100% The state challenge showed us where they're at. Baptiste should probably be halfback too if we're being serious. Segeyaro on the bench too.

They have over 420 top flight games between Baptiste, Segeyaro and Aiton and Wartovo Puara plays hooker. Yeah makes sense.
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Having watched the Tri Nations game from Fiji... it is ridiculous that Baptiste is on the bench. Not only that... got limited minutes.
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Matt Parish has **** for brains if he leaves out Nu Brown. He is 100% their most important player and the only genuine half they have.
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julian87 wrote:Matt Parish has **** for brains if he leaves out Nu Brown. He is 100% their most important player and the only genuine half they have.

Yeah I was surprised Nu Brown was omitted, especially considering the fact that they decided to roll with Roberts and Paulo in the halves...
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reptar wrote:thought that said Josh McCrone for a second...

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France coach Aurelien Cologni confident inexperience won't affect World Cup hopes

France will play against Lebanon in their World Cup opener in Canberra on Sunday, putting Cologni's youngsters up against Robbie Farah, Tim Mannah and Mitchell Moses.

"We know this is like a final for us," Cologni said. "Lebanon will have the same objective as us - win the first game. It's going to be a tough game ... I've got a young squad but they can give a lot of energy and a lot of spirit."

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State of Origin is Canberra Raiders' Junior Paulo's goal after World Cup

Samoa battering ram Junior Paulo says State of Origin is the pinnacle of rugby league and his long-term goal. But first things first - taking his Samoan heritage to the World Cup semi-finals.

"I'm definitely looking at a spot in the Blues squad and also the Australian squad, but it is the World Cup so to get the opportunity to represent my heritage and my parents' country of birth I'd definitely put my hand up," Paulo said.

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I'll be a lot happier once Junior puts pen to paper.
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Samoas hooker is named Jazz.

That's a winner...
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Wouldn’t be the first hooker I’ve met called Jazz...
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Lebanon-France World Cup clash brings back mixed memories for Travis Robinson

Canberra holds mixed memories for Travis Robinson - it helped kick start his NRL career, but it was also where he played his last NRL game.

"I spent two years [in Canberra]. I came down here because my brother was playing down here ... and played for the Roos," Robinson said. "After the Roos I went back to Sydney and got my start at Penrith so you could say that [it kick started my career].

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VIDEO: RLWC 2017: Lebanon train at Canberra Raiders Belconnen

The Lebanon Rugby League team trained at Raiders Belconnen ahead of their opening 2017 World Cup match against France on Sunday afternoon at Canberra Stadium. Assistant Coach Luke Burt fronted the media as he expressed his excitement ahead of the campaign.

"We were talking about how excited we are coming into town and getting into training as preparations step up," Burt said. "It's a big occasion for the players this week, the Lebanese supporters and community are very passionate people so we will be hoping for a lot of support this week."

Video: http://www.raiders.com.au/news/2017/10/ ... ain_a.html

France face 'sudden death' against Lebanon: http://www.nrl.com/france-face-sudden-d ... fault.aspx

League stars to feature in Opening Ceremony: http://www.nrl.com/league-stars-to-feat ... fault.aspx

10 NRL young guns of RLWC 2017: http://www.raiders.com.au/news/2017/10/ ... uns_o.html

Australia v England: RLWC Preview: http://www.nrl.com/australia-v-england- ... fault.aspx

New Zealand v Samoa: RLWC preview: http://www.nrl.com/new-zealand-v-samoa- ... fault.aspx
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Makaveli wrote:Lebanon could knock the French off

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Doubt it. Pretty much all amateurs besides 6-10
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RLWC 2017: Canberra Raiders and England hooker Josh Hodgson at home

England hooker, and Australian citizen, Josh Hodgson admits the first 12 months in Canberra were "pretty tough". He'd gone from seeing his family and best mates every day in Hull, to knowing nobody on the other side of the world.

"You don't know where to go for your shopping, don't know how to set up a phone contract, you don't know where to go. There's all these things that are so new and you feel isolated. Now it's really starting to feel like home."

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RLWC 2017: 'Leipana' to head hunt each other in Samoa-New Zealand World Cup clash

They're one of the tightest bromances in rugby league, but that won't stop Joey Leilua and Jordan Rapana from head hunting each other in Saturday's clash between New Zealand and Samoa.

"It'll be good to play him, it'll be my first time to play against him. It'll be exciting," Leilua said. "I know he'll coming out there to hunt my head down and I'll be doing the same thing. But at the end of the day, at the end of the game, we're still going to be good mates."

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PostPosted: October 26, 2017, 7:23 pm
greeneyed wrote:RLWC 2017: Canberra Raiders and England hooker Josh Hodgson at home

England hooker, and Australian citizen, Josh Hodgson admits the first 12 months in Canberra were "pretty tough". He'd gone from seeing his family and best mates every day in Hull, to knowing nobody on the other side of the world.

"You don't know where to go for your shopping, don't know how to set up a phone contract, you don't know where to go. There's all these things that are so new and you feel isolated. Now it's really starting to feel like home."

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that article pretty much seals the deal, Hodgo is off to the warriors :roflmao

specifically the part about wanting more kids and them growing up and being born in Australia, :P
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PostPosted: October 27, 2017, 6:39 am
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greeneyed wrote:RLWC 2017: Canberra Raiders and England hooker Josh Hodgson at home

England hooker, and Australian citizen, Josh Hodgson admits the first 12 months in Canberra were "pretty tough". He'd gone from seeing his family and best mates every day in Hull, to knowing nobody on the other side of the world.

"You don't know where to go for your shopping, don't know how to set up a phone contract, you don't know where to go. There's all these things that are so new and you feel isolated. Now it's really starting to feel like home."

Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/rugby-l ... z0844.html


that article pretty much seals the deal, Hodgo is off to the warriors :roflmao

specifically the part about wanting more kids and them growing up and being born in Australia, :P

Pretty much tells me we won't here anymore stories about Hodgo wanting out.... :)
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