02 April 2006
By NEIL REID
At least three heroes from the Kiwis' Tri-series triumph will be forced out of the Anzac test by their UK Super League clubs.
Sunday News can reveal the Brian McClennan-coached team will definitely be without Ali Lauitiiti, Paul Rauhihi and Iafeta Paleaaesina.
Robbie Paul - a possibility to replace injured halfback Stacey Jones - is another confirmed no-show for the May 5 showdown against the Kangaroos.
Their scratching follows the Super League schedule meaning their clubs play six days before the Brisbane test.
And McClennan has given up hope of trying to get them - something which would force them out of two Super League games.
"Missing two games is a lot for the clubs, who pay the wages, to deal with," McClennan told Sunday News. "Their clubs just won't let them go.
"If they play on the Saturday, they wouldn't arrive in Australia until the Monday and it wouldn't work. Especially when you consider this is the biggest test they'll be involved in."
Those English-based players still in Anzac test contention include David Solomona, Shontaye Hape, Lesley Vainikolo and Jason Cayless.
Their respective clubs play seven days before the May 5 showdown - a repeat of the 2005 Tri-series final which the Kiwis won 24-0.
"If players play on the Friday night they could get out here and only miss the one game," McClennan said. "It is just the matter of those clubs agreeing that they could get by without their Kiwi players for one game.
"We are working on all avenues there to give ourselves a broader base to pick from."
Man im so gutted :cry:
I hope we can win without them!!