Internationals God Defend NZ

madbaz_old

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This is from Rugby league week.

God defend NZ

Stacey Jones has confirmed for the first time that he will help New Zealand defend their Tri-Nations crown at the end of the year.
The formaer Kiwi captain is out of next months Anzac test with a broken arm and his move to France has sparked wide spread speculation that he may never pull on the Kiwi jumper again.
But in an announcement that will delight his army of fans, Jones has revealed to RLW that he is already looking forward to returning Down under to star in the end-of-season Tri-Nations.
"Mate I'd love to defend it" the former Warriors star says.
"Winning it last year was a huge achievment and I'd love the chance to do it again."
"It's back home too, which is something to look forward to. Over the years I've traveled to play in Engalnd a heap of times but I think I've only played Great Britian at home once, so that would be a great experience."
The mecurial halfback twice came out of retirement to play for the Kiwi's last year. He returned to Auckland for the birth of his child then flew to England to play a starring role in the Kiwi's 24-0 final victory against Australia in november.
"I'd promised catalns that I'd be in France for pre-seasontraining," recals Jones who initially quit the international scens amid rumours of a fallout with coach Daniel Anderson.
"I only intended to play in the first twoand then I kept on being asked! If Lance Hohia hadn't got injued I never would have played."
"My wife didn't mind me leaving after the birth. She said'As long as you win; if you don't you may as well stay out there!"
Jones' international team-mate Robbie Paul welcomed his decision to play on this year.
"I've known stacey since we were babies," says Paul. "We're both the same age and we've both been playing in the same rep side since we were nine years old, so I know how good he can be.
"He's crucial to the Kiwi side. He's a great leader and a remarkable talent."
Jones has had a minor setback in his recovery from the broken arm he suffered in a round two loss at Salford.
Catalans' new captain was due back this weekend but specialists say the bone needs longer to heal and he will miss up to six more weeks.
"There's no problem with it, I think the origianl prognosis was probably a bit too ambitious for someone my age," he smiles. "It should be fine for the middle of May but I'm not going to rush it. I want it to be 100 per cent right."
The 29-year-old admits he may not have played in the Anzac test even if he was fit. "I wantto be fair to the Dragons and it would have been a push," he says. "Plus, I did enough flying last year!"
Jones is enjoying his anonymity he is afforded in his new home near Perpignan but he says he still found time to keep tabs on his formaer club
following their pre-season salary cap controversy.
"From being a little kid I always wanted to come and experience a new culture and the shift to France has been great," adds the former Golden Boot winner.
"My family love it. But I'm on the internet a fair bit to see how the Warriors are getting on. they're up against it after having four points deducted but I think it could turn into a positive for them because Ivan Cleary is a very calm guy who will have them working harder."



Dosent worry me too much if we lose the Anzac test as long as we retain the tri-Nations Title. But dont get me wrong Id love to win both this year just to stick it to the Aussies.
 

ozbash_old

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we,ve got the guns to win the ANZAC but having stace home for the tri nations will be awesome.
 

ozbash_old

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Robster said:
Hunt?
Marshall
Jones
Sonnybill

*whistles*

what ya whistling about wob ?

Hunt--- there are a lot of people who wouldntgo to a kiwi game if this mongrel played, myself inc

marshall,, benji said he is available

stacey,, read above thread

SBW, over rated, injury prone juvenile. might be ok when he matures physically/mentally.
 

Wiki_old

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ozbash said:
Hunt--- there are a lot of people who wouldntgo to a kiwi game if this mongrel played, myself inc.

I'll be there to support all of our boys.

I don't really care for the fact one player is undecided in his allegiance. Who knows, maybe this will spark the Kiwi in him. But even if it doesn't, I'm going to see all the boys play. One player won't ruin it for me.
 

Warrior_Hot_Stepper_old

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That is excellent that Stacey is playing in the Tri-Nations, good on ya Stace.
 

warriors4life_old

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Yes, he's back for good. We finally have a reliable Kiwis halfback (injury permitting).
 

Sinbad_old

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Just making that speech will lift the team, even if he doesn't play.

Makes a statement about putting on the jersey.
Would love to know what was up with Anderson. He pissed a few off big time it seems.

Go the kiwis
 

ozbash_old

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Wiki said:
ozbash said:
Hunt--- there are a lot of people who wouldntgo to a kiwi game if this mongrel played, myself inc.

I'll be there to support all of our boys.

I don't really care for the fact one player is undecided in his allegiance. Who knows, maybe this will spark the Kiwi in him. But even if it doesn't, I'm going to see all the boys play. One player won't ruin it for me.

he decided his allegience some time ago. he said he wanted to play for qld, told then kiwi coach daniel anderson he was UNAVAILABLE for kiwi selection.
the guy is the scum of the earth, he realises uncle bennys days are numbered,, he wont play origin for qld so now he wants 2nd best,, play for the kiwis..

bluey said he was out of luck . hes at the back of a fairly long queue.

good on you for supporting the boys, where was khunts support when his country needed him? we settled for an aussie :lol:
 

Wiki_old

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ozbash said:
Wiki said:
ozbash said:
Hunt--- there are a lot of people who wouldntgo to a kiwi game if this mongrel played, myself inc.

I'll be there to support all of our boys.

I don't really care for the fact one player is undecided in his allegiance. Who knows, maybe this will spark the Kiwi in him. But even if it doesn't, I'm going to see all the boys play. One player won't ruin it for me.

he decided his allegience some time ago. he said he wanted to play for qld, told then kiwi coach daniel anderson he was UNAVAILABLE for kiwi selection.
the guy is the scum of the earth, he realises uncle bennys days are numbered,, he wont play origin for qld so now he wants 2nd best,, play for the kiwis..

bluey said he was out of luck . hes at the back of a fairly long queue.

good on you for supporting the boys, where was khunts support when his country needed him? we settled for an aussie :lol:

Hehe, I can fully see your point.

BUT maybe this isn't a case of him turning his back as such on the Kiwis.

Put it this way.

The international game hasn't been strong. Only now is it gaining momentum again. Origin seemed a far greater prospect (not in my opinion, but by most).

Hunt obviously wanted to play Origin ...it didn't mean he necessarily wanted to play for Australia.

So he made himself unavailable so he could play Origin.

Maybe he just was undecided about the two and wanted to keep his options open. Maybe it wasn't such a case of turning his back on us.

WHO KNOWS :D

No one will unless we get it from him!

But all I can say is, if he says yes he wants to play and he plays his heart out then I'll accept it.

If he continues to fluff us around, maybe then I won't!
 

ozbash_old

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you,re probably right wiki. bluey said on tv last week that hunt wasnt on his xmas card list and he is old school. i dont hold much hope for hunt with bluey as coach.

the international game isnt strong, the addition of karbuncle wont make it any stronger either,, personally i think hes a flash in the pan, an over rated kid who was sucked in.
 

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