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Thursdays Rugby News sees England worried about relegation, Genia and Cooper ready for Suncorp, Scott-Young escapes suspension and Mafi not allowed to travel.


 

 

ENGLAND DEAL BLOW TO NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP

Photo by Keith McInnes

Photo by Keith McInnes

World Rugbys Nations Championship could be dead din the water with Englands RFU declaring that the relegation idea would be catastrophic to the game.

RFU acting CEO Nigel Melville is looking at the worst case scenario, where they could be relegated for two years and IF England were to be relegated then they may have to sell off the rights to Twickenham to cover the cost of lost revenue. 

This all seems very end of the world but relegation has been a serious concern for the Northern Hemisphere teams.

“For us it could be catastrophic being relegated, commercially,” Melville said.

“To be relegated, the catastrophe isn’t just the team being relegated, it’s our ability to fund the game as a governing body in England.

“Can we fund the community game in England to the level we do now if we don’t have the revenues we have?

“And on the point of promotion and relegation, there’s no promotion and relegation in a Lions year and there’s no tournament in a World Cup year.

“So when you’re relegated, you’re relegated for two years, not one.

“It’s not quite up and down, one season on the naughty step and go back up, it’s actually two years and that could be a disaster for people.”

The proposed Nations Championship would be a cross hemisphere competition that would see the top teams from the Rugby Championship and Six Nations play off at the end of the year.

The promotion and relegation idea was brought about to give their two nations a chance to move up in the competition.

The Southern Hemisphere unions appear to be more interested in the competition that their northern counterparts, given that high amount of revenue proposed ($9.3 billion) over 12 years. 

Not quite Disney money but Rugby Australia could definitely use the cash.

The Northern Hemisphere teams, mainly Ireland and Scotland and now England are not as cash strapped as the southern teams, especially now as they have a large offer from private equity firm CVC Partners.

World Rugby will meet again with the Six Nations to continue to work through their concerns.

A decision on the new competition must be made in the next two weeks, and for the Nations Championship to survive the cut it needs a unanimous vote.

GENIA BACKS COOPER AHEAD OF HOMECOMING

Quade_Cooper

It will be a big weekend for both Will Genia and Quade Cooper who are set to return to Suncorp for the first time to face the team they won a Super Rugby Title for eight years ago.

Genia was present last year when the Rebels beat the Reds in round one at AAMI Park but missed his chance at a homecoming later in the year.

Well rested after missing the Rebels match against the Sharks and the in form half back is “jumping out of his skin” to play on the weekend. He insist that the match wont be personal for him, instead he is determined to help the Rebels bounce back from their losses in South Africa.

“I played them here in round one last year and it was a really good contest, I missed out on the game at Suncorp last year but I’m really looking forward to it,” he said.

“It’s obviously a place that’s had really good memories for me on a personal level and being part of a winning Queensland Reds team but that chapter’s closed and it’s all about working hard this week to make sure that we get a result for this club and this organisation and the group.”

Genia believes that both he and Cooper will receive a favourable welcome to their home state.

“At the end of the day he didn’t leave on bad terms with the Queensland public and the Reds fans,” he said of his halves partner

“His focus hasn’t been on what it’s going to be like and personal battles and who he’s coming up against.

“It’s just a case of him doing his job within our team to make sure we get a result so that we bounce back positively from our tour in South Africa.”

Saturday night might be a date that rugby fans might have been waiting for but according to Will Genia it is business as usual for Quade.

“If it is something different, I haven’t noticed it,” he said of Cooper’s preparation.

”He’s brought the same intensity, the same work ethic, the same qualities that he brings to each and every session every week.”

Genia believes that the match up this week will be an interesting one given how both teams have a similar style of rugby.

“We probably play a similar brand of footy to be honest,” Genia said.

“They obviously have slight differences in the way they approach the game based on their personnel.

“But knowing (Reds attack coach) Jimmy Mackay having worked with him when I was at the Reds all those years ago, he likes to play an attacking brad of footy where they move the ball quickly and they play at pace.

“It was quite good to watch in patches when they played the Brumbies last week.”

SCOTT-YOUNG CLEARED TO PLAY

Angus Scott-Young

Angus Scott-Young

Queensland flanker Angus Scott-Young will be eligible to play the Rebels on Friday night after he escaped suspension for punching James Slipper in the back of the head despite being found guilty.

Post the Reds win against the Brumbies, the Review Officer found that the incident had warranted a Red card and referred the incident to the SANZAAR Judicial Committee.

Based off the video evidence and testimonials from Scott-Young and his legal representation, Judicial committee chairman Robert Stelzner SC and panel members Chris Smith and Mike Mika via video conference believed that the incident did not warrant a Red Card but have issued a warning.

“Having conducted a detailed review of the available evidence, in particular a video showing a close up of the incident, and hearing from the player himself and considering submissions from his legal representative, Mark Martin QC, the Judicial Committee upheld the citing of an act of foul play under Law 9.12,” Stelzner said in his remarks.

“The Judicial Committee however found that the act of foul play did not meet the Red Card threshold due to amongst other factors the fact that the initial point of contact appeared to have been between the player’s forearm and his opponent’s back / shoulder area, the resultant contact thereafter between the back of the player’s closed fist and his opponent’s head was minimal / glancing and the player’s explanation for the incident, including his attempt to protect his previously injured hand by closing his fist during the clean out, revealed absence of malicious intent.

“It was determined that during the course of a legitimate, albeit clumsy, attempt to clean out his opponent, the back of the player’s closed fist made contact with the back of his opponent’s head with minimal consequence.

“It was decided that while the citing was warranted in that there had been contact between the player’s hand and the back of his opponent’s head which amounted to a striking of his opponent’s head, this was not intentional nor so reckless as to have warranted a red card on the field.  As a result a warning would be issued to the player.”

This will come as good news for the Reds who will be without the option of Caleb Timu who was suspended for punching during a Queensland Premier Rugby match over the weekend.

 

 NO MAFI FOR SUNWOLVES

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Just two weeks into his Rugby return for the Sunwolves and former Melbourne Rebels No.8 Amanaki Mafi has been left off the team list to face the NSW Waratahs in New Castle on Friday Night.

Kyodo News rugby journalist Rich Freeman reported that Mafi wasn’t able to travel due to a visa issue, via his social media.

 

Mafi, who was the former Australian Super Rugby Player of the Year back in 2017, left the Rebels on bad terms after he was accused and charged with assault on former Rebels team mate Lopeti Timani.

Mafi plead not guilty and is currently awaiting legal proceeding in Dunedin. Originally stood down by the Sunwolves, his Top League team and Japanese Rugby, Mafi has been welcomed back into the fold after “assessing his self-reflection and willingness to change his conduct” and releasing a letter of apology through the team.

It appears that his legal issues could be the reason he is unable to travel to Australia, considering he had to get permission form the court to leave New Zealand and conduct his legal proceedings through video conference.

With 22 Japanese international caps to his name, he is considered one of the countries best players but has a track record that could cause headaches for rugby administrators.

 

 

  • Keith Butler

    Well, i’ve heard some bollocks in my time but “I’d previously injured my hand so I closed it into a fist”as an explanation takes the biscuit. And as for us poor SDs being relegated from the new championship, about as much chance as Pauline Hanson being elected PM (but she can dream). Off to sunny Newcastle tomorrow to meet up with Hoss and watch the Moondogs take on the not so mighty Tahs followed by game of the week Reds v Rebs. Go Rebs but I have a feeling the our front row will come out 2nd best with their heads shoved up their arses.

    • Brisneyland Local

      Enjoy the catch up! Wish I was coming.

      • Keith Butler

        The Foghorn Brewhouse just a stagger from our hotel has 16 different beers currently on tap. I plan to sample one or two for research purposes only, of course.

        • Brisneyland Local

          KB I expect a full analytical report.

        • Funk

          One or two of each???

        • Keith Butler

          Back in the day maybe. Start and one end and see how far we get. We have Saturday as well.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Make sure you boys post a few photos!

        • Keith Butler

          Guaranteed

        • Brisneyland Local

          Excellent.

        • Greg

          No cow costumes please.

        • Keith Butler

          Definitely not. Wore a gorilla suit to an Xmas party once lost about 5kg. Never again.

        • Brisneyland Local

          I was hoping to see a bit of bovine sprinkiling!

    • Hoss

      Let me tell you KB, Gods Land is putting on a show at present. Recent rain has the place green and lush, mid 20’s during the day, nights cold enough to wriggle close to a loved one and whisper sweet nothings, like ‘are you awake?’ in their ear and Australia’s premier rugby team, fresh from perhaps the greatest ever provincial rugby victory in history about to grace us with their presence.

      You may never leave !

      • Keith Butler

        Cannot wait. Bags already packed and we’re primed to regale you and Mrs H with tales of daring do and of course a rugby history going back to a callow youth in the 1970s.

      • Keith Butler

        Beer alert! Beer alert! The Foghorn Brewhouse has a happy hour from 4 – 6 pm every day. There is a God.

    • GeorgiaSatellite

      Sounds too good to be true. Almost like a trap. You might be taken Hosstage.

      Enjoy, fellas.

      • Hoss

        Wait till they here Banjo’s in the surrounding bush land…….

  • Brisneyland Local

    Morning GAGR’s! From Sunny Perth. Well arent there some intersting tid bits in that news today. Here we go:
    – ASY is very bloody lucky. Punching a person to the back of the head when they are pinned to the ground is a dog act. Regardless of him being warned by the judiciary, Holier than thou Thorn should stand him down. It was an appalling act, and goes to the character of the individual. It doesnt matter what bullshit legal excuse you come up with.Man up, say you are sorry and have learnt from it, and dont be a dirty bastard again.
    – Will be great to see QC and WG back at Suncorp. To be honest most of the fans there arent going to be hostile to them, but if Brad Thorn walks out on the ground, I am sure he will get a hostiile reaction. Those issues aside, I am looking forward to a great matchup. Rebs by 7.
    Over to you GAGR’s.

    • Custard Taht

      Maybe a punch to the head is the welcome awaiting QC and Genia.

      Hopefully the Rebels come away with the win. However they could be flat from the SA trip and the Reds will be high from last week and looking to the ride the momentum.

      Rebs should win, but it wouldn’t surprise me if the Reds pulled off the win.

      • Brisneyland Local

        CT, the weather worries me. It is looking like a wet Sat in Brissy town. The rain should stop around 2-3pm. And Suncorp does dry out reasonably quick. But by god it will be humid.
        I am not sure any of the old Qld boys will target QC. They were really dark when QC was dumped. I had spoken to many of them about it when it happened. Not only didnt Thorn tell members or sponsors, players were left out of the loop as well. So I dont think the older ones will be pissed at QC. the young ones depending how much they have be inculcated into the Preachers views will be the wild card.

        • Keith Butler

          Scott Young has a licence to clear out. “It was a clenched fist Sir but I have a bad hand”

        • Nutta

          Almost as good as Chopper Reid’s self-defence argument – he was so hated he could shoot anyone and claim legitimate real and immediate fear for his life!

        • Brisneyland Local

          Pretty amusing wasnt it!

    • Happyman

      I did not see too much in the ASY incident TBH. I thought it was sone of those things that looked bad in slow motion but he is a lucky boy.
      Agree with the QC and WG comment but as it pretty wet in Brisvagas this week so it might slow the game down which would suit the Reds. I honestly think the crowd will be equally divided between the two teams I know I will be.
      Enjoy East South Africa

      • Brisneyland Local

        Yep it is nice over here this time of year. I lived over here years ago. Interesting to see how the place has changed.

      • Damo19

        Mate, I know what you mean. I always want the Reds to win, but at the same time I’m desperate for the 2019 version of QC to keep getting better and better so Cheika has absolutely no choice but to bring him into the mix. So I guess we want an outstanding game, a win to the Reds with a Rebs bonus point and Quade man of the match.

    • John Tynan

      I saw it different, both live and in the replays. Clumsy clean out, yes. Punch in the back of the head? I didn’t think so.

      I expect big cheers when they get on the big screen intros (or will the Rebels team announcement not be shown / be hidden by a corporate conspiracy?) as a bit of a razz to Thorn/QRU/The Man, but anecdotally I think the general animosity is starting to die off a bit.

      • Brisneyland Local

        I am sure you and I wil find out on Sat night.
        I personally thought it was a pretty clear shot to the head. So we might have to agree to disagree. You up for a beer on Sat night?

        • John Tynan

          My four favourite letters…in this context anyway!

        • Brisneyland Local

          Mmmmmmm Beer!

      • Who?

        I reckon that sort of cleanout – a shoulder to the middle of the back on a player who’s unable to move, clearly out of the contest (i.e. off his feet), is a cheap shot. And that’s without considering the closed fist to the back of the head.
        We see that sort of shot on Pocock and other pilferers all the time. I don’t see why it’s legal in the game to bury your shoulder directly into someone’s exposed spine like that. We’re risking serious injury.
        .
        All that said, we now know how to be dirty. Go for cheap shots with closed fist and claim it’s a clumsy cleanout. No penalty, no card, no suspension. Pretty poor performance all round.

        • John Tynan

          All good points.
          Started trying to say that while not a punch he obviously made some contact to the head, and the arm was tucked, which – as you point out – is also poor and we’ve seen penalised/carded/suspended plenty of times for that. But it was a mess of engineer brain dump and so I cl;arified back to the one point.

        • John Tynan

          Also will say – without justifying – that old mate the ref was pretty loose on what it means to be supporting your own weight on a pilfer, which then makes it hard to shift someone.
          Also – and perhaps it’s the old flanker talking bullshit BIMD stuff – but not having to actually try to “win” the ball back, just latch on and hang on for 8 seconds is a bit more rodeo than rugby.

        • Who?

          All the refs have been pretty loose on turnovers this year. I reckon turnovers were clearer under the old laws, where the tackler didn’t have to get through the gate. Now, half the turnovers are by players who get their hands near the ball as the opponent binds on them, forming the ruck. As in, half of the turnovers could easily be penalized as hands in the ruck on tight timing.
          .
          And they’ve also been very lenient on supporting your own weight. So I don’t think it’s just this game, I think it’s consistent poor adjudication there.
          .
          The QRU used to make a big deal about the difference between Pocock and Gill being that Gill would go with his hands to try and grab the ball, whereas Pocock would drag the ball back in and trap it against the tackled player, looking for the penalty. I’ve seen turnover penalties awarded this year where jackalling players have had an arm on either side of the tackled player. One arm over the player, and one arm under the tackled player. How on earth is the bloke going to grab the ball and take it away when he’s got his arm trapped under the tackled player?! He’s a better chance of stealing the tackled player than the ball!!!
          .
          SO I’m on board about not supporting weight and the like. But I do think that shoulders in the back is an area that World Rugby needs to fix, along with neck rolls. If you’ve got a bloke over the ball like Slipper was, you’re more likely to clean him out by dragging him forward over the ball off his feet that by smashing him down onto the tackled player. Plus, if he’s on the ball, you’re dragging the ball towards your own side of the breakdown, and you can then advance over him given he’s off his feet.
          .
          Completely agree that tucking the arm is an arguable penalty, as a shoulder charge. Makes it tough to bind when you’ve tucked your leading arm.
          .
          Engineer brain dump… Yeah, I know what that means. I’m in steel. But I’d take an Engineer’s brain dump over an Architectural one… More logic in the Engineer’s dump! I like mine sites…

        • GO THE Q REDS

          It’s probably the biggest legitimate issue with the way the game has developed under recent laws. ….and that’s people flopping and laying all over the ruck. The height of defenders in rucks is simply not monitored. Which in turn brings with it dangerous cleanouts on basically solid targets that are never going to move. Add in the increased danger to totally exposed head neck and ribs for egs! The law makers have alot of work to do….

        • Who?

          I disagree that it’s an issue of law, though. It’s an issue of interpretation and enforcement. Rugby is a game played on your feet, except at the elite level. If enforcement of that principle, and the laws that surround it (supporting your weight when turning over the ball, penalizing players for deliberately collapsing a ruck – which doesn’t include things like pulling Slipper forward off his feet, because you don’t have to bind to do that, so you don’t create a ruck), were a priority for WR, Rugby would be safer.

        • GO THE Q REDS

          100% agree!

      • Damo19

        ASY doesn’t have form for that sort of play- but he does have some hereditary influences!

        • Brisneyland Local

          Yes the apple apeears to have not fallen far from the tree!

    • Keith Butler

      My first experience of Perth supping a few beers at the Lucky Shag bar before the SDs v Saffas at the 2003 RWC followed by a weeks diving at Rowley Shoals off of Broome – awesome. And I did get lucky hooked by the future Mrs B.

      • Brisneyland Local

        It si a beautiful part of the world. I used to spend my weekends surfing and rinking wine down at Margaret River.

        • Keith Butler

          It is indeed. Was meant to get in a douple of days diving at Busselton Jetty and old navy ship purposefully sunk as a dive site but got blown out by bad weather. Rottnest wasn’t too bad either.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Yeah it can get windy down that way. It is a very parochial part of the world. But they have a lot to be proud of.

        • T.edge

          You in town for Rapid Rugby?

        • Brisneyland Local

          Unfortunately not. Flying back to Syd, then Bris.

        • T.edge

          Sorry about that, What I’ve realised is you should read all the comments before commenting yourself as you’ve answered this question twice already.

        • Brisneyland Local

          All good! I would be rather asked many times than to be forgotten.

    • andrewM

      Will you be in town for Tomorrow Night’s GRR game BL?

      • Moz

        Snap!

      • Brisneyland Local

        Unfortunately not. I am on the afternoon flight back to Syd, for a qucik meeting then fly to bris later that night. So miss the GRR game. Miss the game in Newcastle with Hoss. But I will be in Brisneyland for a potential wet game of Reds vs Rebs.

    • Moz

      You staying there for the GRR match? The Force v South China Tigers on Friday night.

      • Brisneyland Local

        As I posted to Andrew M, Unfortunately not. I am on the afternoon flight back to Syd, for a qucik meeting then fly to bris later that night. So miss the GRR game. Miss the game in Newcastle with Hoss. But I will be in Brisneyland for a potential wet game of Reds vs Rebs.

        • Moz

          Thats a pity! I’ll be matching the Reds v Rebs game while making snags with a group of mates – our quarterly sausage party. Actually….I probably shouldn’t call it that…

        • Brisneyland Local

          Yeah I reckon a rebranding might be a good idea.

        • Moz

          We’ll get the brains trust onto that later in the evening, when all good ideas are developed! About the same time that we kick around possible new recipes. Although, thinking about that, I think this when we came up with the much maligned duck sausage….

        • Brisneyland Local

          I rate a good duck sausage.
          Re rebranding, I reckon you put the concept to Hoss. He always comes up with wicked names for things. Especially players. I am sure he can turn his mind to something witty for your Sausage Fest! ha ha ha

        • Moz

          A good duck sausage…therein was possibly our problem.

          And good idea re Hoss. He certainly uses his tongue prettier than a $20 whore.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Pure Gold.

        • John Tynan

          hehe hehe “sausage party”

        • Who?

          Fest..?

        • Bernie Chan

          “potential wet game…”? Mate it has been persistent rain for a couple of days so far. May let up in time for Sat but the conditions will be at best slippery and arduous. The Rebels better bring enough “stick em” glue…they dropped a lot of ball last time out.
          Think a wet track tips the balance to the Reds…though the Rebels kick for position better.
          Alas, the better halves have booked a dinner Sat night so they’ll be a few blokes drinking close to the nearest TV…

        • Brisneyland Local

          Must admit havne been in Bris since Monday morning, and MRs BL hasnt told me about the weather (which reminds me I should tell her to check the tanks).
          Get Kayo for your mobile phone, adn you will be able to watch it. I am planning on going to the game but it depends on how wet it is. Might just roll up to my neighbours with a bottle or two of the good red stuff!

        • Bernie Chan

          haha…my son has Kayo…2 devices so I’ve got it on my phone. Of course dad is paying!

        • Brisneyland Local

          Yep. I just finished the free trial. Am now deciding whether I keep it or not.

        • Bernie Chan

          If your wifi is high quality it should be worth keeping to stream to a big TV via Chromecast or such….? Covers pretty much all sports without the BS ‘reality TV’ shows etc…

        • Brisneyland Local

          YEah our bandwidth is quite good, and it was enjoyable to watch. The only reason I got it or would renew it is for the rugby.

        • John Tynan

          I got rid of Fox at $75/mth for Kayo @ $25/mth, and works a treat.
          Enjoying it for when I’m not quite ready for kick off, and I can start at the start as soon as I’m ready.
          Although I am missing the Kardashians…

        • Brisneyland Local

          JT, pure gold. What annoys me is you still have to listen to Kearnsy, Marto and Kafe dribble shit.

        • Damo19

          Pretty sure Will, Quade and Hodge will be looking to jam Stewart and the wings deep into te Reds qtrs. Taking high balls and good exits will be critical.

        • Bernie Chan

          Yeh…wet track rugby…exit strategy so you are not playing the game in your half too much. Reds have a lot of fire-power out wide but lacking a bit of a ‘general’ or game manager. That’s where Genia becomes a big factor…and his mate QC.
          Don’t think the conditions will allow it to be “pretty”…

    • Nutta

      I have to say, after all the poncy yellow cards I have seen over the past few years over nothing more than fair and legitimate contests for the ball – particularly in the air – and for what I thought were good hard tackles and cleanouts in-general, for a guy to get nowt for a clear clenched fist into the back of a defenseless players head damages the credibility of what we are about.

      • Brisneyland Local

        Yeah I hear you. I thought it was pretty clear. but hey even if there was some doubt, the message is we leave players heads alone. So give them a week or two to make it clear that heads shots will not be tolerated.

        • GO THE Q REDS

          Yep even accidental high shots and accidental air collisions get carded…… but an “accidental” punch to the back of the head is all good?. The process seems all above board and honest but it makes a mockery of a gazillion previous incidents!

        • Brisneyland Local

          Does a tad!

      • John Tynan

        And that’s the point right there, I think. (Even though not a punch)

    • Bernie Chan

      Don’t think anyone will “boo” Sanchez and Quade…everyone knows that neither wanted to leave the Reds to play for another Oz side.

      • Brisneyland Local

        100%

      • GO THE Q REDS

        Thorn will be the one getting boos. I can see it now, hushed whispers everywhere….
        “why’s Quade in blue honey… .”
        “he did WHAT.. .. ”
        Thorn shows his face……. BOOO

    • Adrian

      Pathetically weak punch too.

      • Brisneyland Local

        Very true, but a punch none the less.
        How are your weakened Tahs going to go against an enraged Moondoggies this weekend Adrian?

        • Adrian

          True BL

          Yes, really Tahs should win, and win well, especially as they will be playing in a suburb of Cessnock!

          Emotion around Sunwolves, but essentially they are just professional footballers who won’t be effected either way by the cut.

          NSW will require the same intensive defence as last week, as these guys seem to take half breaks when they come.

          One of those games where your a dill if you don’t win, and “so what” if you do.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Yep that last statement sums it up. Mond you as we have seen this season the Moondoggies are not the easy beats they used to be. They are so effective in broken play.
          Will be an interesting game. Hope that resting that amount of players doesnt hurt them like it hurt the Rebels last weekend.

        • Adrian

          Yes, I hope the resting and couple of injuries won’t hurt.

          Replacement run-on forwards are of the same style, and Mason is same style as Foley.

          Hunt starting is good, and Foketi off the bench can be dangerous.

          Kicks for Izzy? I hope so. Lots of practice

        • Brisneyland Local

          YEah that will be intersting to see. The Tahs have looked better when Hunt in on the field.

    • joy

      You infer there was intent. The judiciary seems to think otherwise. Your comments are way offside if they are right.

    • Perth girl

      You there for GRR?

      • Brisneyland Local

        No fly out lunchtime tmw

  • Moz
    • Hoss

      They say timing is everything mate – add that and his reasonably deep pockets and it’s a solid recipe.

  • Moz

    On a roll adding articles here!

    Talk again about the NRL thinking of tackling Perth again with basing a team there…..well done RA.

    https://www.smh.com.au/national/western-australia/bring-it-on-perth-was-never-more-ready-for-its-own-rugby-league-team-20190325-p517bf.html

    • Missing Link

      Don’t worry, the Mandurah Quokkas will come and go :)

    • Habitual Offender

      Way past talking phase Moz.
      Oh well

      • Moz

        And they have the money to get this going.

        Pity RA, or an interested backer, didn’t have the funds to support a team in Perth. Hold on…..

    • Bernie Chan

      At the time the ARU/RA decided to jettison the Western Force, I had the pleasure of having a chat to the NRL NQ Cowboys coach Paul Green, and he mentioned he thought it might be a strategic mistake and also said the NRL were looking to return to WA in some manner, and that decision may have ‘opened-the-door’ a bit further…

  • GO THE Q REDS

    A shame Caleb Timu is suspended….. he scored an awesome 22m barnstorming try on the weekend!

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