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Personally I don’t like this 9s concept. Especially international level. I could see some merit in the festive like comp with the NRL teams but this I’m just not interested in.
Looking forward to the the real Internationals but this 9s comp can eat a fat one.
 
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NEW ZEALAND KIWIS | WORLD CUP NINES

LEESON AH MAU (Vodafone Warriors)

DYLAN BROWN (Parramatta Eels)

JAMES FISHER-HARRIS (Penrith Panthers)

COREY HARAWIRA-NAERA (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)

BRADEN HAMLIN-UELE (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks)

JAMAYNE ISAAKO (Brisbane Broncos)

SHAUN JOHNSON (Cronulla Sutherland Sharks)

JEREMY MARSHALL-KING (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)

KEN MAUMALO (Vodafone Warriors)

BRITON NIKORA (Cronulla Sutherland Sharks)

KODI NIKORIMA (Vodafone Warriors)

KEVIN PROCTOR (Gold Coast Titans)

JORDAN RAPANA (Canberra Raiders)

BAILEY SIMONSSON (Canberra Raiders)

REIMIS SMITH (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)

JOSEPH TAPINE (Canberra Raiders)
Man, I'm not sure why. But when I saw the new zealand nines team , I got excited. Then I saw Leeson Ah Mau's name i couldn't stop laughing 😂 Oh dam....He's probably the slowest forward at the Warriors....And he's In the nines team!? 😂.....My bad. Sorry Leeson! Go hard son.

And didn't Isaako quit NZ for Samoa?
 
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What's the point of this world Nines comp? Waste of time I reckon.
 
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What's the point of this world Nines comp? Waste of time I reckon.
To grow the game, simple.

There’s no international game currently and now union is expanding into Asia, rugby league needs a solution,m. Currently there’s 3 countries that play really, and one average one. That just can’t compete, the game needs to grow outside NZ, Aus and Eng & this is an idea.

It may or may not work, but they need to try something.
 
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now union is expanding into Asia
Heyzeuss spare me. the All Blacks are world famous, especially in Asia, but probably as much for the haka as anything else. The people know nothing about the game outside the cliques in the universities and Japanese corporations, although they do take it very seriously. Now where were we? Oh, exporting league to Asia...pull the other one.
 
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Heyzeuss spare me. the All Blacks are world famous, especially in Asia, but probably as much for the haka as anything else. The people know nothing about the game outside the cliques in the universities and Japanese corporations, although they do take it very seriously. Now where were we? Oh, exporting league to Asia...pull the other one.
Ok wow. Firstly, the point was, is that Rugby Union is a global game, and rugby league is not. Therefore financially they’ll never ever compete.

I also completely disagree, Japanese have been playing rugby for decades and genuinely love the game. Just this weekend, over 40% of Japan watched their rugby match - I certainly wouldn’t say that people ‘know nothing about the game’.

I also never said exporting rugby league to Asia is a good idea. In fact it isn’t, it’s saturated by union. What I did say however is that union have now broken into the Asian market, and rugby league need to discover their own. Not Asia, but another part of the world. To grow the international game.
 
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Stoked to see Simonsson named in the nines squad. With his sevens background its a no brainer, but also means we are getting on the front foot before NSW start sniffing around.

If RTS, DWZ and CNK are going to be unavailable for the Kiwis he definitely deserves a spot in the squad as a utility.
 
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Ok wow. Firstly, the point was, is that Rugby Union is a global game, and rugby league is not. Therefore financially they’ll never ever compete.

I also completely disagree, Japanese have been playing rugby for decades and genuinely love the game. Just this weekend, over 40% of Japan watched their rugby match - I certainly wouldn’t say that people ‘know nothing about the game’.

I also never said exporting rugby league to Asia is a good idea. In fact it isn’t, it’s saturated by union. What I did say however is that union have now broken into the Asian market, and rugby league need to discover their own. Not Asia, but another part of the world. To grow the international game.
Yep Japan is getting better and better as time goes on, 2 massive scalps in the last 2 world cups. Years ago used to giggle at the National team having a token native Japanese player but now it’s pleasing to see Japanese names in the majority.
Union is also making inroads in other parts of Asia with the Hong Kong sevens well established and the Sunwolves taking games to Singapore, it’s not taking over but there’s a growing presence.
Eastern Europe is also starting to gain traction with Georgia and Russia coming along in recent years too

League sadly seems content with 2 states in oz and the north of England and even there they are facing challenges. Sad that uk sl barely make London work, failed once in France, failed in Wales and don’t seem to have any plan to get teams going in Scotland or Ireland. Canada with the Wolfpack and sort of the Pacific Islands (threatening to unravel) are currently the only signs of ‘growth’ in league- maaaaybe the fledgling US comp can gain some traction but it’ll take some work
 
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North America is still the best bet for league gaining a foothold in the long term, most of them dont know the difference between the two codes. The Denver debacle was a huge setback but the Wolfpack might get some traction if they make SL, then maybe a US team one day.
 
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I certainly wouldn’t say that people ‘know nothing about the game’.
Japan is only a VERY small part of Asia and rugby union is only closely followed by a VERY small but VERY loyal part of the population.

As for the rest of Asia, my guess is that many people would have heard of the All Blacks but would know nothing about rugby otherwise. They wouldn't have a clue about the Lions, the Springboks or the Tricolours either.

that Rugby Union is a global game
Heyzeuss spare me. You need one of the pill testing machines. Global game my arse.
rugby league is not
Heyzeuss spare me, they play rugby league in India, Poland, Norway, Malta, Greece and Spain...just for starterso_O
North America is still the best bet for league gaining a foothold in the long term
Say what?
 
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New Zealand Test squads

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  • Leeson Ah Mau (NZ Warriors)
  • Nelson Asofa-Solomona (Melbourne Storm)
  • Kenneath Bromwich (Melbourne Storm)
  • Kieran Foran (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
  • Braden Hamlin-Uele (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks)
  • Corey Harawira-Naera (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
  • Jahrome Hughes (Melbourne Storm)
  • Jamayne Isaako (Brisbane Broncos)
  • Shaun Johnson (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks)
  • Isaac Liu (Sydney Roosters)
  • Joseph Manu (Sydney Roosters)
  • Benji Marshall (Wests Tigers)
  • Ken Maumalo (NZ Warriors)
  • Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (Canberra Raiders)
  • Briton Nikora (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks)
  • Kevin Proctor (Gold Coast Titans)
  • Jordan Rapana (Canberra Raiders)
  • Brandon Smith (Melbourne Storm)
  • Joseph Tapine (Canberra Raiders)
  • Zane Tetevano (Sydney Roosters)
  • Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (NZ Warriors)
  • Jared Waerea Hargreaves (Sydney Roosters)
 
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Only one player that is really suited to play hooker (Smith).. with no Nikorima to cover??

Also, only one specialist Centre in Joseph Manu.

Otherwise a good squad
 
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Off season surgery for Fisher Harris after the nines? Can’t think of any other reason why he’s not there
 
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Only one player that is really suited to play hooker (Smith).. with no Nikorima to cover??

Also, only one specialist Centre in Joseph Manu.

Otherwise a good squad
I'd say Hughes off the bench like when we played tonga
 
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That's an awesome squad.
 
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Good squad, but a bit disappointed Reimis Smith isn't there. Strange with Isaako being named as he turned his back on Kiwi selection earlier in the season.
 
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Only one player that is really suited to play hooker (Smith).. with no Nikorima to cover??

Also, only one specialist Centre in Joseph Manu.

Otherwise a good squad
Wait yeah.. who's playing centre? Tapine? Nikora? Charnze?
 
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How does Proctor get named....he's been rubbish...

And at least Kenny Bromwich deserves his spot rather than hanging round the team hotel with the hope someone gets injured, with his kit on underneath his normal clothes.
 
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Good squad, but a bit disappointed Reimis Smith isn't there. Strange with Isaako being named as he turned his back on Kiwi selection earlier in the season.
I think it was more the case that Isaako wasn’t going to be picked in the Kiwis playing side so he took the opportunity to play for Samoa.
Don’t think it was a backturn on the Kiwis.
 
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Weird there is only one center named.
Struggling to pick another. Slot in a SR? Seems foolish against the Aussies.
 
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