Internationals 2021 Rugby League World Cup

Sky Waka

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Aug 28, 2017
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If the NZ & Oz players want to play could they as invitational teams independent of their nations RL boards? When Tonga beat the Kangaroos they did without the board.
 
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matiunz

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If the NZ & Oz players want to play could they as invitational teams independent of their nations RL boards? When Tonga beat the Kangaroos they did without the board.
Would need NRL clubs to release them for international duties
 

mrblonde

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Apr 14, 2012
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If players need to be released by the clubs when the WC takes place in the off season, the clubs have too much power over them.
Well, it's the clubs who pay the representative players the vast majority of their income, whatever they get from playing S of O or Internationals is just a top-up.

And it's pretty much accepted that when a player looks back on their careers/looks at what they want to achieve in their careers, they'll place winning an NRL Premiership top of the list in importance. Maybe someone should tell the Warriors that the NRL Premiership trophy isn't known as a Wooden Spoon?

It's nice when New Zealand players talk about the honour of wearing the Silver Fern or JT talks about wanting to honour his heritage by playing for Tonga etc, but that's not where the money's at.
 
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matiunz

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If players need to be released by the clubs when the WC takes place in the off season, the clubs have too much power over them.
Can understand the risk they take releasing players as an injury can derail their season.
Although it’s not explicitly stated you can imagine it’s the BRL trying to protect their competition by boycotting Aus and NZ. It’s why I’m against NZ players still playing for ‘heritage’ nations in this World Cup. Aus can afford to lose a few players, Kiwis depth isn’t able to
 

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