International squads start to be announced

By Daniel Andruczyk

This week the regular Super League and NRL season came to an end and the play-offs confirmed and there are some absolutely fantastic games, worthy of Grand Finals, this week to see. In Fiji the Major Semis were played out and the second last round in PNG. International squads from 5 nations have been announced as well, from Tour, to the 4 nations, European Cup and Colonial Cup.

National Rugby League

Round 26 of the National Rugby League was played out and the finalists decided. Results are Brisbane 16-18 Canberra, Gold Coast 21-18 Wests, Parramatta 12-26 New Zealand, Penrith 50-12 Cronulla, North Queensland 8-18 Sydney City, Melbourne 34-4 Newcastle, Manly 24-30 Canterbury, St George/Illawarra 38-24 South Sydney. The final standings were:

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 St George/ Illawarra 26 17 0 7 2 219 38
2 Penrith 26 15 0 9 2 156 34
3 Wests 26 15 0 9 2 34 34
4 Gold Coast 26 15 0 9 2 22 34
5 New Zealand 26 14 0 10 2 53 32
6 Sydney City 26 14 0 10 2 49 32
7 Canberra 26 13 0 11 2 6 30
8 Manly 26 12 0 12 2 35 28
9 South Sydney 26 11 0 13 2 17 26
10 Brisbane 26 11 0 13 2 -27 26
11 Newcastle 26 10 0 14 2 -70 24
12 Parramatta 26 10 0 14 2 -78 24
13 Canterbury 26 9 0 15 2 -45 22
14 Cronulla 26 7 0 17 2 -255 18
15 North Queensland 26 5 0 19 2 -242 14
16 Melbourne 26 14 0 10 2 126 0

The Finals games now are St George/Illawarra vs. Manly, Wests vs. Sydney City, Gold Coast vs. New Zealand and Penrith vs. Canberra. The Saints game looks on paper to be great with a hot rivalry there, but Manly have been decimated with injuries and suspensions. Will the baby Eagles soar? Wests against the roosters is another hot game wile the Gold Coast New Zealand game will be another cracker with two very in form teams set to bash each other. Though I think Canberra will cause the upset of the finals beating the Panthers.

Engage Super League

Round 27 finished of the regular Super League season with the Crusaders securing their first place in the finals. Only in existence for 5 years and having to “re-brand” themselves last year its a phenomenal result. So the weekends results were Wigan 34-12 Bradford, Hull FC 14-18 Leeds, St Helens 40-30 Castleford, Harlequins 22-36 Warrington, Crusaders 30-24 Hull KR, Catalans 12-26 Huddersfield and Salford 16-14 Wakefield. The finals tables were

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 Wigan 27 22 0 5 0 511 44
2 St Helens 27 20 0 7 0 399 40
3 Warrington 27 20 0 7 0 397 40
4 Leeds 27 17 1 9 0 164 35
5 Huddersfield 27 16 1 10 0 319 33
6 Hull FC 27 16 0 11 0 -15 32
7 Hull KR 27 14 1 12 0 21 29
8 Crusaders 27 12 0 15 0 -185 24
9 Castleford 27 11 0 16 0 -188 22
10 Bradford 27 9 1 17 0 -200 19
11 Wakefield 27 9 0 18 0 -200 18
12 Salford 27 8 0 19 0 -411 16
13 Harlequins 27 7 0 20 0 -344 14
14 Catalans 27 6 0 21 0 -338 12

The finals series shapes up with some fantastic games. A different system to the Australian one the top 4 teams play each other while the bottom 4 of the top eight play each other. Wigan and Leeds shapes up to be a real grudge match, this is the 4th time this year they have played, while, St Helens and Warrington also shapes up to be a fantastic game. Huddersfield and Crusaders also shapes up to be fantastic with the Welsh club looking to go through to the next round and do a Catalans last year. But the big game of the weekend is the Humberside Derby between Hull FC and Rovers. Board up your houses, get the padding out, get the barriers up at the stadium, this will be an explosive match that will give the winner Bragging rights for the the next year.

Fiji

In Fiji the Major Semi Finals were played out with Nabua 8-11 Sabeto and Saru 16-14 Namatakula. The Grand Final this weekend will see Sabeto take on Saru. My tip is that Saru will take it, being the dominant team all season.

Papua New Guinea

I have three results from round 17 of the PNGRFL Bemobile Cup from the weekend. Results were: Enga 29-12 Gurias, Mendi 14-6 Capital City, Lae 6- 12 Port Moresby.

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 Gurias 17 9 1 5 2 160 25
2 Mendi 16 11 1 3 1 22 25
3 Goroka 14 9 0 4 1 177 20
4 Enga 14 7 1 4 2 48 19
5 Port Moresby 14 5 3 4 2 79 17
6 Capital City 16 6 1 8 1 -47 15
7 Kundiawa 15 5 1 7 2 -54 15
8 Lae 16 3 0 12 1 -116 8
9 Mt Hagen 16 2 0 12 2 -249 8

I am still looking for some past results from sources and will update once I get them. There is one more regular round left before the finals series starts.

Italy

The FIRL grand final was played on the weekend, nearly 2 months after the regular season games and the split between the two factions in the Italian Rugby League. Piacenza defeated Padova 36-18 in the final.

New Zealand

The second round of the provincvial championships was played this weekend with a surprise result Auckland losing to Wellington 18-24. Other results Northern 10-86 Counties Manuka, Waicoa Bay 36-18 Heartland and South Island had the bye.

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 Wellington 2 2 0 0 0 20 4
2 South Island 2 1 0 0 1 20 2
3 Counties Manuka 1 1 0 0 0 76 2
4 Waicoa Bay 2 1 0 1 0 -14 2
5 Auckland 1 0 0 1 0 -6 0
6 Heartland 2 0 0 2 0 -32 0
7 Northern 2 0 0 1 1 -76 0

The postponed game between Auckland and Counties Manuka will be played later today

Serbia

The next round of Serbian domestic matches was played after their break for the internationals and Summer. A new team has joined the next round while the top 4 teams are playing out for a spot in the finals. The teams have split into two groups now. In the top group which is playing for the finals spot Dorcol 76 beat Radnicki 12 and Tsar Lazar lost to Red Star 32-16. Eventaully it will be the best 3 teams that go into the play-offs. The standings for group A are:

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 Dorcol 1 1 0 0 0 64 2
2 Red Star 1 1 0 0 0 16 2
3 Tsar Lazar 1 0 0 1 0 -16 0
4 Radnicki 1 0 0 1 0 -64 0

In the other group a new team, Stari Grad has enterd to play and give all the clubs more games to develop and new Technical Director Lee Crooks a chance to see all the talent on display. One match was postponed and that was between Nis and Podbara but Belgrade University suffered a loss to the newcomers Stari Grad 34-18. The table for the bottom group is:

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 Stari Grad 1 1 0 0 0 16 2
2 Nis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Podbara 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Belgrad Uni. 1 0 0 1 0 -16 0

International Squads

United State of America

USA Tomahawks squad, Colonial Cup v Canada, Sunday, September 19, 2010

Andrew Kneisly,Conway Maraki, Kevin Wiggins, Mike Brazill, Nate Smith (ASTON BULLS) – Apple Pope, Bob Knoepfel, Kenny Britt, Matt Clark (JACKSONVILLE AXEMEN) – Curtis Cunz, Will Garcia (CONNECTICUT WILDCATS) – Derrick Roma (NEW HAVEN WARRIORS) – Gareth Baxendale, Mike Cartwright, Sean Taylor (NEW YORK KNIGHTS) – Jared Frymoyer, Larry Madden (PHILDELPHIA FIGHT)

Lebanon

Lebanon’s Autumn international squad to play Italy and Pakistan

Mohamed Akar, Peter Rahal, Mohamed Tawil (AUB) – Abdul Bekdache, Riad Khoury, Sami Mansour (BALAMANDB) – George Aroyan (BOSTON 13s RLFC) – Mounir Finan, Youssef El Helou, Pierre Nasr (JOUNIEH RLFC) – Raymond Finan, Robin Hachache (C), Rudy Hachache, Jad Hachem, Mohamed Jamil, Bahije Saridar (LAU Immortals) – Rony Akel, Wael Harb, Khaled Rafii (USJ SAINTS) – Nemer Saliba (WOLVES RLFC)

France

Frances squad for the European Cup this October

Romaric Bemba, Roman Gagliazzo, Teddy Saddiou (CARCASSONNE) – Jean Philippe Baille, Thomas Bosc, Remi Casty, Olivier Elima (c), Jamil Fakir, David Ferrioll, Cyril Gossard, Clint Greenshield, Gregory Mounis, Sebastian Raguin (CATALAN DRAGONS) – Matthew Alberola, Thibault Ancely, Andrew Bentley, Julian Bousquet, Nicolas Munoz, Florian Quintilla, Micheal Tribillac (LEZIGNAN) – Dane Chisholm (MELBOURNE STORM) – Maxime Greseque, Christophe Moly (PIA) – Jason Baitieri (SYDNEY ROOSTERS) – Vincent Duport, Matthew Griffi, Kevin Larroyer, Antony Maria, Yoan Tisserye (TOULOUSE) – William Barthau, Kane Bentley, Tony Gigot, Sebastien Martins, Quentin Nauroy, Eloi Pellissier, Michael Simon, Cyril Stacul, Julian Touxagas, Fred Vaccari (UTC).

New Zealand

New Zealand have announced a 39 man train on squad for the 4-Nations

Alex Glenn, Antonio Winterstein (BRONCOS) – Bryson Goodwin, Ben Roberts (BULLDOGSu) – Bronson Harrison (RAIDERS) – Greg Eastwood (LEEDS RHINOS) – Kieran Foran, Steve Matai, Tony Williams (SEA EAGLES) – Adam Blair, Sika Manu (MELBOURNE STORM) – Junior Sa’u, Zeb Taia (NEWCASTLE) – Krisnan Inu, Fuifui Moimoi (EELS) – Sam McKendry, Frank Pritchard (PENRITH) – Nathan Fien, Jason Nightingale, Jeremy Smith (DRAGONS) – Roy Asotasi, Issac Luke, Eddy Pettybourne, Fetuli Talanoa (RABBITOHS) – Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Joseph Leilua, Mose Masoe, Frank-Paul Nuuausala, Sam Perrett, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (ROOSTERS) – Lewis Brown, Aaron Heremaia, Lance Hohaia, Kevin Locke, Simon Mannering, Ben Matulino, Russell Packer, Sam Rapira, Jerome Ropati, Ukuma Ta’ai, Manu Vatuvei (WARRIORS), Benji Marshall (WESTS), Thomas Leuluai (WIGAN WARRIORS).

Australia

Australia’s 4 Nations train on squad

Darren Lockyer, Sam Thaiday (BRONCOS) – Michael Ennis, Ben Hannant, Jamal Idris, Josh Morris (BULLDOGS) – Paul Gallen (CRONULLA) – Cooper Cronk, Greg Inglis, Billy Slater, Cameron Smith (MELBOURNE) – Kurt Gidley (NEWCASTLE) – Matt Scott, Johnathan Thurston, Willie Tonga (NORTH QUEENSLAND) – Jarryd Hayne, Timana Tahu (PARRAMATTA) – David Taylor (SOUTH SYDNEY).

Australia’s Prime Ministers XIII squad lto play PNG

Matt Gillett, Andrew McCullough, Corey Parker, Jharal Yow Yeh (BRONCOS) – Brett Kimmorley (BULLDOGS) – Luke Douglas, Blake Ferguson, Kade Snowden (CRONULLA) – Jarrod Mullen, Akulia Uate (NEWCASTLE) – Tim Mannah, Ben Smith (PARRAMATTA) – Michael Crocker, Ben Lowe, Nathan Merritt (SOUTH SYDNEY).

Daniel Andruczyk’s email: daniel@rugbyleagueinternationalscores.com
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30 Responses to “International squads start to be announced”

  1. C.T.SANDERS says:

    Auckland losing to Wellington is like Chelsea FC losing to Port Vale in English Soccer.The Auckland Rugby League Board of Control couldn’t run a flea house.Indeed a circus run by clowns

    • druzik says:

      So… well we shall see at the end of the comp where they are, but I would have thought it a good result, showing that Auckland does not always dominate… sounds to me like you only want Auckland to be playing league and no one else.

      Have you thought of the fact that maybe Wellington have imp[roved and developed players that are good enough to beat Auckland?

  2. PNG says:

    uate being selected for the pmxlll is a disgrace and against the international rules he last played for fiji in 2009 in the pacific nations cup and the 2008 world cup so is a regular player for fiji he has not sat out the apropriate amount of time to be selected for any australian or state rep teams how can this happen the rules are for everyone to follow australia have enough talent to pick three aus rep teams why steal players from the emerging nations that need them this is disgusting shame on the kangaroos

  3. Augs says:

    Same goes for alot of the Tongan/Samoan players in the kiwis/kangaroos squad!

  4. PNG says:

    i agree aug it seems the eligibility rules for international rugby league don’t count if your wanted by aus,eng or nz this is a sham and seems is designed to keep the emerging nations down . australia have been allowed to steal jennings(tonga) uate(fiji) ben teo (samoa) costigan(png) & they made a play for moi moi aswell none of these players were eligible acording to the rules to switch camps but it was allowed whenever international rugbyleague starts to make up some ground the big three chop it off at the legs makes international rugby league a JOKE

  5. C.T.SANDERS says:

    What would you expect

  6. Jon says:

    Danny Brough suddenly realises he’s Scottish after all. Now THAT’S a joke!

    Anyone know how this has unfolded?
    http://gulfnews.com/sport/rugby/rugby-league-breaking-the-code-1.619692

    Wembley was excellent by the way.

    • druzik says:

      Actually it a bit of sensibility. He played for Scotland in the past and should have stayed with them, rather than declaring he’s English. I think he realised that it was silly since he wont make the English team, and now Europe is starting to have a set of good meaningful tournaments where nations will get to play against the best players, he has the opportunity to do this now with Scotland… a bit of sensibility has come into Europe actually… except the Manu affair.

  7. Jon says:

    Had a chat with Brough when he was on sidelines during France v Scotland at Perpignan a couple of years ago (his head is very very strange). Said he was proud to represent Scotland and fair play to him. But we all know he’s playing for Scotland because it’s his only chance of international rugby league, not because it’s his dream. If McNamara had called him up do you honestly think he’d have given the Jocks a second thought?

  8. CT Sanders says:

    auckland rugby league got millions and millions in the bank, yet couldn’t beat a joint that has got nothing in the bank.
    What a joke!

    • druzik says:

      Since when is money the only thing that determines results…. I always thought that it came down to players and their pasion and skills competing and overcoming adversary. Just cause Auckland has millions does not mean it can;t be beaten.

  9. PNG says:

    would like to hear your thoughts on the uate affair druzick there must be some one you now maybe steve mascord who you could raise this issue with maybe if the breaking of the rules is raised in the media the ARL might be embarased into changing there mind if uate can play for aus then the rules don’t apply and costigan can play for PNG we can’t enforce the rules on one nation and ignore them for another double standards and reaks of bias towards the big three

    • druzik says:

      I have some thoughts on this and I will get a blog up on this soon… unfortunately right now I am in the middle of getting ready to move to the USA.

      Mascord did write and articles on this last week… one which I completely disagree with. Steve and I have had many debates about this over the years and many beers.

      The premiss on my arguments is that:
      * a player should choose one country
      * Have a meaningful 4 year cycle of tournaments where all teams have a chance to compete against each other
      * This provides no incentive for player to have to switch since they are continually playing against the best.
      * If a player wants to change they have to sit out for 4 years without playing an international, this should to 2 things 1. make a player think twice about switching since he would miss out on a world cup 2. if he wants to switch he really really needs to show that he is committed.

      As I said I will elaborate on this when I get the chance.

      • PNG says:

        Thank you for the reply look forward to reading your blog on this matter a lot of people are getting sick of australia poaching players from developing nations and i fear if this matter is not adressed support for international rugby league will drop off especialy in the south pacific nations theres not much point trying to compete if whenever one of our players shines at a world cup , pacific nations or in the nrl they are then lost to there nation and poached by state of origin and australia

  10. C.T.SANDERS says:

    Where are the Russian Rugby league results Daniel?

    • druzik says:

      If they don’t send me results then I can’t put them out. Even Terry Libberopoulos has problems with them. They don’t help themselves unfortunately the Russians but getting their cause into the public.

      If you have results then they would be much appreciated.

  11. C.T.SANDERS says:

    If aussie got to pinch players from the island nations it shows that the game in australia is weaker than what people think.

  12. C.T.SANDERS says:

    IF THEY GOT IDIOTS STILL RUNING THE GAME HERE IN AUCKLAND ALL OF WHOM HAVE GOT PLENTY OF BAGGAGE,IF THEY STILL EMPLOY PEOPLE WITH CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS,IF THEY EMPLOY DUMMIES WHO ARE ONLY INTERESTED IN THE PAY PACKET AND WHO CAN’T GET REAL JOBS,THE GAME WILL GO NO WHERE.THESE PEOPLE AREN’T WORTHY OF THE DOLE YET THEY ARE STILL IN THE CORRIDORS OF POWER.LOOK HOW USLESS THE VULCANS HAVE BEEN IN THE NSW CUP IN THE LAST 4 YEARS OUR SO CALLED FLAGSHIP SIDE THE OFFICALS ARE ONLY USING THE VULCANS AS A GRAVVY TRAIN TO GET PLENTY OF FREEBEES.IT’S NOT THAT WELLINGTON GOT ANY BETTER,IT’S BECAUSE AUCKLAND HAVE GOT PROGRESSLY WORSE.WELLINGTON HAVE A POPULATION OF 450000.AUCKLAND HAS A POPULATION OF 1.5 MILLION DESPITE THE FACT THAT AUCKLAND HAS BEEN SPLIT INTO 2.BIG DEAL.AUCKLAND ARE USELESS LARGELY THANKS TO INEPT ADMINISTRATION.TIME FOR CAMMY CAMS AND SIDESHOW SEL TO GO.

  13. C.T.SANDERS says:

    Got to be a new rule.One can only play for the country they are born in.One country and that’s it.

  14. C.T.SANDERS says:

    daniel GO TO http://www.vereya.ru and the results are there

  15. C.T.SANDERS says:

    DANIEL.IF YOU GIVE ME YOUR TELEPHONE NO I CAN GIVE YOU THE RESULTS.MY TELEPHONE NO IS *************.OK.

  16. C.T.SANDERS says:

    OK BUT NO ONE RANG ME UP YET AND MY MOTHER SAID SHE RECEIVED NO CALLS TODAY AND I DO REALISE I GOT PLENTY OF FANS OUT THERE BUT HERE IN AUCKLAND THE RL OFFICIALS HATE MY GUTS BECAUSE I AM ALWAYS IN THEIR FACES 24/7.

  17. C.T.SANDERS says:

    Auckland are playing manakau counties this weekend to determine the new zealand inter-provincial championship daniel and when auckland played the south island at cornwall park recently there were more sheep at the game than spectactors.This competition here has been poorly promoted by the nzrl.

    • druzik says:

      It has been played already.

      Auckland won 14-6.

      It is a shame that it has been poorly promoted. If they were smart they should have had it in with the Internationals on the weekend at Mt Smart.

  18. C.T.SANDERS says:

    But the auckland rugby league ain’t smart daniel because it’s the dumb leading the blind and provincial football here in nz is a disgrace.The coaches and managers only pick their mates and at least a home grown png played the full might of australia today and they weren’t flogged by 145points which is the norm in rugby union yet the unionites never ever rubbish things like that but only talk about the positives.

    • druzik says:

      All true there Chris. Its a vastly different attitude that the League jurnos have to the Union ones. Dean Richie’s article today is a classic example of ignorance… and I will be writing a blog on that!

  19. C.T.SANDERS says:

    But ya good mate gus gould was having kittens with the performance of the domestic based kumuls against the best rugby team on the planet the kangaroos on sunday.The kiwis may be the world champs but aussie the best team in the world.He loves international football especially the colourful kumuls who are always good entertainment win,lose or draw and surely the time is now right for an nrl franchise in port moresby for the good of the game and giving us a third country.One foot into asia.He also praised the poms and believes that more and more of their younger players should head to the nrl to ply their trade away from their comfort zone of the sl.With no tours any more and i think you are now right that they will not make money in either australia or nz that’s the next best bet.The poms have underachieved for so long that they are now a financial liability and all the games will be at night and that will only suit one person and that’s murdoch.I hate night football.Gus Gould for chairman of the arl i say.Long live gus.

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