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Meninga & the Aus Team

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by CBreeagles, Aug 1, 2016.

  1. CBreeagles

    CBreeagles Well-Known Member

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    This guy had an interview today about the Four Nations and the players who may be chosen. Tom's name came up and obviously he is having surgery so will most likely be made unavailable but Meninga basically ruled out choosing him saying he was down on the pecking order for all of wing, centre and fullback. Now I enjoy international footy and if this year's Test match is anything to go by then Australia will get demolished by New Zealand if Meninga decides to once again choose his golden boys. I hope he doesn't use the Four Nations and the World Cup as a way for him to have one last hoorah with his Qld boys but rather blood the new generation so they could be competitive in the World Cup.
     
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    • damiennp90

      damiennp90 Well-Known Member

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      I personally don't want Tommy playing rep football any time soon. Selfish on my part.


      Think it's important for someone young with such talent to work on his game and his position for a few years.

      Baz has said something similar and that their going to protect him.
       
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      • Clay

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        As much as I would love to see him play.
        Let him have his surgery and recover so he will be ready for the pre season
         
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        • HoldenV8

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          Personally I think Jake Trbojevic and Darcy Lussick are the Manly players currently pushing for a Four Nations spot.

          Maybe Ferris as well.

          But for some reason I can't shake the feeling that Mal is going to be a bit of a biased Queenslander with his Aussie teams. Not sure why I think that, but I do.
           
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          • The Who

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            Australia is strong in the fullback and wing positions, so it is not surprising that a 19 year old is down the pecking order.
            Having seen Tom up close yesterday I'm delighted that he has really filled out. He is the tallest in our team, and he is getting on towards the size and body shape of Inglis. He will become a similar player to Inglis, being able to bust tackles and take hit-ups, as well as using guile and ball skills to beat an opposition player.
             
          • Frogz

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            Got to be queenslanders or no chance of a rookie spot
             
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            • Shoe1

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              Better for Tom et al to deliver manly a few premierships before going into rep footy
               
            • Killer03

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              Tommy has the instincts of a Slater (sniffing around the ruck) in the body of a young Inglis. I think he combines the best of the two and barring injury will be a dangerous force for many years.

              I do agree he's down the pecking order for Australia and should be. NSW beckons next year.
               
            • HoldenV8

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              I think Tom will push for a Kangaroos test spot once he establishes himself for NSW which will probably be from next year.

              For now I think they're being smart by not really looking at him as a selection for this year. Remember that yesterday was only his 26th first grade game, plus I think the selectors and Mal probably remember the failed experiment of having some untried kids in the team in 2014.
               
            • Turbo

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              He's a nsw certainty next year on the wing or centre, maybe even fullback the way he is playing. And should also be a Aus selection. But don't put 2017 at risk with four nations, get the surgery and play for manly. He is good enough we all know that probably should be one of the first selected but mal is a biased wanker!

              Mals Aus four nations team

              1: D Boyd
              2: C Oates
              3: G Inglis
              4: J O'Neill
              5: D Gagai
              6: C Cronk
              7: J Thurston
              8: M Scott
              9: C Smith
              10: J McGuire
              11: J Papalii
              12: M Gillett
              13: C Parker

              14: M Morgan
              15: S Thiaday
              16: A Woods
              17: G Cooper
               
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              • CBreeagles

                CBreeagles Well-Known Member

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                Did Woods backflip on his state?
                 
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                • Turbo

                  Turbo Well-Known Member

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                  If Mal picked the best team out there instead of his **** Buddies

                  1: D Boyd
                  2: J Mansour
                  3: D Walker
                  4: J Leilua
                  5: T Trbojevic
                  6: J Thurston
                  7: C Cronk
                  8: A Woods
                  9: C Smith
                  10: R James
                  11: T Frizell
                  12: J Jackson
                  13: J Trbojevic

                  14: J Bird
                  15: B Cartwright
                  16: D Klemmer
                  17: A Fifita

                  But then this team is just as biased as mal? No it's actually picked on form, all players in my side should be there.
                   
                • Bearfax

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                  I've always felt Meninga has been over rated as a coach. I mean he has had some of the giants of the game such as Slater, Inglis, Cronk, Thurston, Cam Smith and one or two others in his Qld side and quite frankly NSW havent had the personnel to complete with them. Coaching a side with that group would have been like coaching Australia's David Cup side decades ago with Laver, Rosewell, Newcombe, Emerson, Roach, Hoad and Stolle with Woodforde and Woodbridge for the doubles. You just needed to turn up with that group.
                   
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                  • CBreeagles

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                    See the issue is when you mix those NSW players with those old Qld blokes the Qld blokes drop off their passion. Look how hard they play for their State and then look at the Test match which we barely scraped home against a woeful NZ missing like 8 key players. They need to usher in a new group of young blokes and get them used to playing with each other in time for the World Cup.
                     
                  • Shoe1

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                    It's common knowledge that Michael Hagan really coached Qld for most of the decade, while Mal ambled about in the dressing room shaking the odd hand, patting the odd back.
                     
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