War has been declared.

By Daniel Andruczyk

Its that time of year when civil war erupts on the Eastern Seaboard of Australia. Yes its State of Origin time again. However there is just as much news happening else where around the world. The French are coming close to the end of their season. The NRL keeps throwing up some amazing scores and super league is coming along nicely. Some news on the drop out of Belgium from the European Bowl and some house keeping.

State of Origin

So you have to be living under a rock or on another planet not to be aware of the fact that State of Origin is just a week away now. This is the annual civil war that erupts between Queensland and New South Wales. The Blues will be looking to stop the rot this year, while Queensland are looking to make history. This week the teams were announced:

The NSW State of Origin team is: 1. Kurt Gidley (c) – Newcastle Knights, 2. Brett Morris – St George Illawarra Dragons, 3. Matt Cooper – St George Illawarra Dragons, 4. Timana Tahu – Parramatta Eels, 5. Jarryd Hayne – Parramatta Eels, 6. Jamie Lyon – Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, 7. Brett Kimmorley – Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs, 8. Michael Weyman – St George Illawarra Dragons, 9. Michael Ennis – Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs, 10.Josh Perry – Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, 11. Trent Waterhouse – Penrith Panthers, 12. Ben Creagh – St George Illawarra Dragons, 13. Anthony Watmough – Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, 14. Jamal Idris – Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs, 15. Tom Learoyd-Lahrs – Canberra Raiders, 16. Luke Lewis – Penrith Panthers, 17. Brett White – Melbourne Storm

The QLD State of Origin team is: 1. Billy Slater (Melbourne Storm), 2. Darius Boyd (St George Illawarra Dragons), 3. Greg Inglis (Melbourne Storm)
4. Willie Tonga (North Queensland Cowboys), 5. Israel Folau (Brisbane Broncos), 6. Darren Lockyer (Brisbane Broncos), 7. Johnathan Thurston (North Queensland Cowboys), 8. Matthew Scott (North Queensland Cowboys), 9. Cameron Smith (Melbourne Storm), 10. Petero Civoniceva (Penrith Panthers), 11. Nate Myles (Sydney Roosters), 12. Sam Thaiday (Brisbane Broncos), 13. Ashley Harrison (Gold Coast Titans), 14. Cooper Cronk (Melbourne Storm), 15. David Shillington (Canberra Raiders), 16. Neville Costigan (St George Illawarra Dragons), 17. David Taylor (South Sydney Rabbitohs), 18th man – Ben Te’o

However Timanah Tahus words earlier in the week have brought my anger upon him. He has gone and devalues the Kangaroo Jersey and International rugby league by saying “… this NSW jersey personally means more than any I wore representing my country in Rugby. Means more than playing with the Kangaroos.” I am sorry but the national jumper is worth more than any state jumper. For that comments I hope he never gets selected for the Kangaroos ever again, since it means nothing to him.

NRL

Round 10 was completed over the weekend. The big surprise was the absolute thrashing that the Tigers received at the hands of Souths 50-10. It was one of the worst performances ever by the Tigers. Cronulla though loosing 34-14 to Penrith were valiant and never gave up. The Local derby in Queensland had 40,000 watch the local side romp home against the Gold Coast titans at Suncorp stadium 28-6. St George were too strong for the Bulldogs 19-6. The Warriors beat the Cowboys 24-12 and the Storm were back to their winning ways against Canberra 17-6. Newcastle thumped the Roosters 34-18 while the herig=tage round was ended by the Eels overcoming a plucky Sea Eagles outfit at Brooky 19-12.

Team P W D L B PD Pt
St George 10 8 0 2 0 124 16
Penrith 10 6 0 3 1 72 14
Gold Coast 10 7 0 3 0 0 14
Manly 10 6 0 4 0 71 12
Sth Sydney 10 5 0 4 1 55 12
Parramatta 10 5 0 4 1 9 12
New Zealand 10 4 0 5 1 -19 10
Sydney City 10 5 0 5 0 -33 10
Wests 10 4 0 5 1 -49 10
Canterbury 10 3 0 6 1 3 8
Brisbane 10 4 0 6 0 -25 8
Newcastle 10 4 0 6 0 -28 8
Canberra 10 3 0 6 1 -69 8
Nth Queensland 10 3 0 7 0 -62 6
Cronulla 10 2 0 7 1 -123 6
Melbourne 10 7 0 3 0 74 0

Super League

Round 14 of the super league has been completed. Bradford beat Wakefield 29-10 and Leeds overcame Warrinton 26-26 bringing them back into the top 8. Hull eat Catalans 28-14 and St Helens lost to Salford for the second time in two years 42-34. Wigan just out lasted Huddersfield 38-30 while the Crusaders were crushed by Rovers 54-10. Harlequins were also on the winners dias with a good 40-24 win over Castleford.

Team P W D L B PD Pt
Wigan 14 12 0 2 0 250 24
Warrington 14 10 0 4 0 242 20
St Helens 14 10 0 4 0 180 20
Bradford 14 8 1 5 0 16 17
Huddersfield 14 8 0 6 0 140 16
Hull FC 14 8 0 6 0 21 16
Leeds 14 7 1 6 0 60 15
Hull KR 14 7 0 7 0 -32 14
Wakefield 14 6 0 8 0 -69 12
Castleford 14 5 0 9 0 -98 10
Crusaders 13 5 0 8 0 -124 10
Harlequins 13 4 0 9 0 -164 8
Salford 14 4 0 10 0 -182 8
Catalans 14 2 0 12 0 -240 4

France

In the first round of play offs, Carcassonne beat Limoux 31-10 and Pia just beat UTC 25-24. In the semi Finals of the Elite 1 Lezignan beat Carcassonne 54-12 and Limoux lost to Pia 20-38. So this sees Lezignan proceed straight to the Grand final and Carcassonne and Pia will fight it out to see who will join them.

European Bowl News

So Unfortunately Belgium had to drop out of the European Bowl tournament so the Bowl will be contested only By Norway and Malta. I asked Danny Kazandjian from the RLEF why they dropped out and no other team was brought in. he said the Belgians felt that they were not up to the task administratively as first thought and it has been too late to get any replacement as the deadline for internationals has passed. Everyone concerned felt that its best just to have the two nations compete.

No real news on Catalonia or Estonia getting internationals either. Again Danny said that the Estonians are free to organise their own matches and the RLEF is in discussion with the Catalonians on how to best serve them.

House keeping

So the revamp of the website continues, with the new logo and now looking to get the results section more streamlined. There is also a new forum I am setting up at http://www.rugbyleagueinternationalscores.com/forum and I will be building this up more over the coming days.

Daniel Andruczyk’s email: daniel@rugbyleagueinternationalscores.com
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19 Responses to “War has been declared.”

  1. Alex-P says:

    Definately agree with the Tahu statement mate, your national jersey should be the ultimate.

    On that note it looks like Ben Te’o will be next to be snared for an Australia jersey after repping Samoa

    • druzik says:

      The things that is pissing me off is that after all the great work that was done for the 2008 world cup, its all been undone with this one absolutely ludicrous decision by the RLIF to give automatic entry to 12/14 nations. What this means is that because there are no qualifiers for these nations then they are free to jump around nations right up until the day before they play the first WC game!

      We have taken 5 steps backwards!

      • Alex-P says:

        very true mate.. it also throws out the window the RLIF’s new eligibilty rule about playing for one team in the qualifiers and having to keep with them, however they have just increased the teams this doenst apply to! CLEVER THINKING!

        I hope Ben Te’o gets a talking to by Willie Poaching on how he ‘should’ be firmly part of his future plans for Samoa, somehow i highly doubt this will happen.

      • druzik says:

        Clever … maybe … but its not right… Its just sooo dissapointing.

        Yeah I think you are gonna be right about Te’o.

      • Alex-P says:

        the ‘CLEVER’ was intended sarcasm mate, another mistake made by the RLIF

      • druzik says:

        Ahhh yeah, fair enough.

  2. Jon says:

    Shame to see players turning their back on their country to play SOO. Would be good to see the NRL/ARL put down clear rules not allowing non-Australians to take part. This would also make for stronger Pacific Island teams.

    Would be good to see Catalonia play at least one international this year and the current Catalan Championship could be used as a selection process with the game being played after the Grand Final, maybe in July.

    • druzik says:

      Look I have said this before, actually for a number of years…

      State of Origin in its current form has to be canned… it, just like Tours, limits the growth of rugby league.

      The value placed on it is greater than a national jersey which is plain wrong… and international players get left out… something has to be changed.

      So Catalonia is still in negotiation… but I would not mind seeing them and Estonia maybe having a gem. Slades team is keen on playing someone. Even though the Belgians pulled out of Euro Bowl, I dont see why they cant have a one off game against Catalonia either.

      • Waz says:

        Druzik I emailed Jslade about playing against us as we have only the bowl to play in and our players want more. I have not heard back from him as yet. I know we spoke about Japan ut going to Malta is already enough for the guys to fork out. We are desperately seeking another international or maybe 2 if we can and would now be willing to travel in europe to get a game.

      • druzik says:

        Warren, the Catalonians may be after a game… I think they have been left out in the lurch as well.

        Simon Cooper is in Oz at the moment, i will give him a call and see if there is any chance of a German XIII or something playing?

        I’ll talk with the Japanese about what they can do.

        Can you email me warren on the RLIS account.

  3. C.T.SANDERS says:

    THERE SHOULD BE A 20 TEAM WORLD CUP IN THE UK AND FRANCE IN 2013,ENGLAND,AUSTRALIA,NEW ZEALAND,FRANCE,PNG,SCOTLAND,WALES,IRELAND,FIJI,TONGA,SAMOA,COOKS,LEBANON,SERBIA,USA,RUSSIA,ITALY,SOUTH AFRICA,TATARSTAN AND CATALONIA

    • druzik says:

      Tatarstan is not a country, they are part of Russia, Catalonia is also a sticking point as they are not a separate country and would need to play as Spain. 20 countries for 2013 is too much at the moment. Not for a good quality tournament.

  4. C.T.SANDERS says:

    TATARSTAN IS A COUNTRY BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN THERE AND YOU HAVEN’T DANIEL.ABOUT TIME YOU WENT THERE DANIEL AND TAKE YA MATE DAVID NIUE AS YOUR GUIDE.OK

    • druzik says:

      hahahah, just because YOU went there does not make it a country. Its part of russia, and not separate. It will not compete as a separate entity I can’t be recognised. So get that delusion out of your head now. Tatarstan should play within the russian federation, its that simple. Its why Catalonia can’t be recognised in any formal way as they are NOT a country.

  5. C.T.SANDERS says:

    IF YOU WANT RUGBY LEAGUE TO SURVIVE AS A SPORT IN RUSSIA AND OTHER PARTS OF THE FORMER SOVIET UNION THEN TATARSTAN HAS TO COME IN AS A SEPARATE IDENTITY LIKE IT DID FOR THE EUROPA STUDENT WORLD CUP IN 2001 IN KAZAN WHICH PRODUCED RECORD CROWDS.THE MAORIS HAVE ALREADY SET A PRECIDENT.THEY CAME IN AS A SEPARATE IDENTITY AND COUNTRY FOR THE 2000 WORLD CUP AND WHAT IS GOOD FOR THE GOOSE IS ALSO GOOD FOR THE GANDER.THE MAORIS ARE CLASSIFIED AS A WORLD CUP SIDE AS WELL AS A WORLD CUP COUNTRY.THE IRLF SEE ONLY WHAT THEY WANT TO SEE AND THAT’S WHY PEOPLE CHOP AND CHANGE COUNTRIES LIKE THEY CHANGE THEIR SOCKS OR UNDERWEAR.IT’S CRAP.ONE RULE FOR ONE AND ONE RULE FOR THE OTHER.DON’T CUT YOUR NOSE TO SPITE YOUR FACE DANIEL BECAUSE YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND THE SITUATION IN TATARSTAN.FOR THE UMPTEENTH TIME DANIEL IT’S NOT RUSSIAN TERRITORITY YET SAMARA TO THE SOUTH IS?

    • druzik says:

      I was not in favour of the Maori side. It was there to just make up the numbers… we are not in that situation any more.

      Last I saw there was not an independent Maori Nation, so I dont see how they can be a “playing nation”. Tatarstan is not an independent country, thus should not compete as such. If they are so strong, then being part of russia should their players not come into Russia and boost that squad?

      Its like saying Lets have an Australian Kangaroos team, a NSW team and a QLD team play in the world cup… ludicrous.

  6. C.T.SANDERS says:

    AND CATALONIA ARE A COUNTRY

    • druzik says:

      No they are not…. not recognised bu the UN or anyone else as sucg… sorry.

      If Catalonia are a country then Kaszuby, Kurdistan, Bavaria, Quebec, Kosovo and a dozen other regions should break away and become countries…. if fact every state province and region in any current country should break away and become a separate country.

  7. C.T.SANDERS says:

    That’s brillant daniel because when they all play rugby league our game will be measured in the numbers that play it and it won’t be restricted to 2 counties in the north of england,2 states of australia and 2 suburbs of auckland.That’s what i call a positive because yesterday ya mate gus gould was having kittens that 2 sydney sides were playing in the nrl grand final.Good game daniel.I fell asleep watching it.

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