2017 Rugby League World Cup

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  1. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 12, 2012
    Fiji World Cup squad

    Kane Evans - Sydney Roosters
    Salesi Faingaa - Parramatta Eels
    Jarryd Hayne - Gold Coast Titans
    Tui Kamikamica - Melbourne Storm/ SC Falcons
    Villiame Kikau - Penrith Panthers
    Apisai Koroisau - Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
    Joe Lovadua - St George-Illawarra Dragons
    Henry Raiwalui - Mounties RLFC
    Taane Milne - St George-Illawarra Dragons/ Illawarra RLFC
    Sitiveni Moceidreke - South Sydney Rabbitohs/ North Sydney Bears
    Marcelo Montoya - Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
    Kevin Naiqama (c) - Wests Tigers
    Ben Nakubuwai - Gold Coast Titans/ Tweed Heads Seagulls
    Mikaele Ravalawa - Canberra Raiders
    Junior Roqica - London Broncos
    Jacob Saifiti - Newcastle Knights
    Ashton Sims - Warrington Wolves
    Korbin Sims - Brisbane Broncos
    Pio Seci - Nabua Broncos
    James Storer - Port Kembla Blacks
    Akuila Uate - Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
    Eloni Vunakece - Sydney Roosters/ Wyong Roos
    Suliasi Vunivalu - Melbourne Storm
    Brayden Wiliame - Catalans Dragons

    Standby Replacement:

    Etuate Bola - Nabua Broncos

  2. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 12, 2012
    World Cup match officials announced

    Mon 09 Oct, 2017, 1:31pm

    The world's best are coming for the Rugby League World Cup and that includes the tournament's "15th team" – the match officials.

    RLWC2017 head of officiating Tony Archer today announced a squad of match officials for the World Cup and for the first time each of the 26 is drawn from the NRL or Super League competitions only.

    In another first, Belinda Sleeman is set to become the first female match official appointed to a World Cup fixture after being included in the squad chosen by Archer and RLWC2017 match officials coach Steve Ganson.

    The match officials will act as the tournament's 15th team and like the players representing each of the 14 nations they will go into camp together in Brisbane for the duration of RLWC2017, which begins in Melbourne on 27 October when Australia plays England.

    They will have their own performance manager, a physiotherapist, a logistics and operations manager and three coaches – Ganson from England, Australia's Russell Smith and New Zealand's Luke Watts – working under Archer.

    In a further recognition of their role, Youi has extended its relationship with NRL match officials by becoming an official partner of RLWC2017, with brand integration through the referees' on-field apparel at all 40 matches in the men's and women's tournaments, to be played in 13 cities across Australia, New Zealand and PNG.

    Among the match officials selected for the tournament are NRL Grand Final referees Matt Cecchin and Gerard Sutton, and review official Bernard Sutton.

    James Childs, who refereed the weekend's Super League Grand Final, will also be officiating at the World Cup, along with video referee Phil Bentham and touch judges Mark Craven and Chris Kendall.

    "This is an historical tournament in which all match officials, announced today, qualified by officiating in either the NRL or Super League competitions," Archer said.

    "I have worked closely with my counterpart Steve Ganson and the other coaching staff to select the group. We have the Grand Final officials from each competition as part of the squad.

    "Their selections are a result of each individual's strong performances throughout the 2017 domestic season and there is a wealth of international and representative depth in the squad.

    "The squad will be based in Brisbane throughout. This is a great opportunity for match officials at the elite international Rugby League level to come together as one and I am confident they will perform very well."

    Archer said the performances of the match officials during the tournament would determine who was appointed to the World Cup final in Brisbane on 2 December.

    There will be some key differences to the way NRL matches are officiated, with World Cup games controlled by one referee – not two – and an in-goal video referral system replacing the Bunker for checking contentious decisions.

    There will also be no shot clock for scrums and goal lines drop outs but common rules used in Super League and the NRL will be in operation, including a seventh tackle from the 20-metre re-start if the ball is kicked dead and a tap re-start from a 40:20 kick. Golden point will only be used in finals matches.

    "The tournament will be played under the International Laws of the Game with specific interpretations that reflect the common rules played in Super League and NRL, including seven tackles from a 20-metre restart, a tap restart from a 40/20," Archer said.

    "All matches will have one referee and will utilise an in goal video referee referral system."

    The 2017 RLWC Match Officials squad is:

    Grant Atkins (Match Official)
    Philip Bentham (Match Official)
    Chris Butler (Match Official)
    Matt Cecchin (Match Official)
    Steve Chiddy (Match Official)
    James Child (Match Official)
    Mark Craven (Match Official)
    Ben Cummins (Match Official)
    Robert Hicks (Match Official)
    Adam Gee (Match Official)
    Chris Kendall (Match Official)
    Ashley Klein (Match Official)
    Jared Maxwell (Match Official)
    Chris McMillan (Match Official)
    Scott Mikalauskas (Match Official)
    Liam Moore (Match Official)
    Dave Munro (Match Official)
    Henry Perenara (Match Official)
    Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski (Match Official)
    Tim Roby (Match Official)
    Belinda Sleeman (Match Official)
    Jon Stone (Match Official)
    Bernard Sutton (Match Official)
    Chris Sutton (Match Official)
    Gerard Sutton (Match Official)
    Ben Thaler (Match Official)
    Michael Wise (Match Official)

    Officiating support staff

    Tony Archer (Head of Officiating)
    Laura Dein (Match Officials Logistics and Operations Manager)
    Steve Ganson (Match Officials Coach)
    Matt Jeffriess (Match Officials Performance (Manager)
    Michelle Minichiello (Match Officials Physiotherapist)
    Russell Smith (Match Officials Coach)

  3. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 12, 2012
    England Rugby League World Cup 24-man squad

    (number of caps, professional and community club in brackets):

    John Bateman (6, Wigan Warriors, Bradford Dudley Hill)
    Kevin Brown (6, Warrington Wolves, Thatto Heath Crusaders)
    Sam Burgess (18, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor)
    Thomas Burgess (14, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor)
    Ben Currie (0, Warrington Wolves, Golborne Parkside)
    Luke Gale (4, Castleford Tigers, Middleton Marauders)
    James Graham (33, St George Illawarra Dragons, Blackbrook)
    Ryan Hall (32, Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders)
    Chris Heighington (5, Cronulla Sharks, Umina Bunnies)
    Chris Hill (19, Warrington Wolves, New Springs Lions)
    Josh Hodgson (11, Canberra Raiders, East Hull)
    Jonny Lomax (4, St Helens, Orrell St James)
    Jermaine McGillvary (6, Huddersfield Giants, Deighton Juniors)
    Mike McMeeken (1, Castleford Tigers, Staines Titans)
    Sean O'Loughlin (18, Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)
    Mark Percival (3, St Helens, Halton Farnworth Hornets)
    Stefan Ratchford (2, Warrington Wolves, Wigan St Patricks)
    James Roby (26, St Helens, Blackbrook)
    Scott Taylor (2, Hull FC, Skirlaugh)
    Alex Walmsley (0, St Helens, Dewsbury Celtic)
    Kallum Watkins (20, Leeds Rhinos, Latchford Albion)
    Elliott Whitehead (10, Canberra Raiders, West Bowling)
    Gareth Widdop (21, St George Illawarra Dragons, King Cross)
    George Williams (5, Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)

  4. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 12, 2012
    Scotland have finalized their squad, First page updated as well

    Alex Walker, Andrew Bentley, Ben Hellewell, Ben Kavanagh, Brandan Wilkinson, Callum Phillips, Dale Ferguson, Danny Addy, Danny Brough, David Scott, Frankie Mariano, James Bell, Jarred Anderson, Johnny Walker, Kane Bentley, Kieran Moran, Lachlan Stein, Lewis Tierney, Luke Douglas, Matthew Russell, Oscar Thomas, Ryan Brierley, Sam Brooks, Shane Toal
  5. Billy

    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

    Apr 16, 2008
    Wardle missing out on Scotland is a bit of a surprize, unless he is sick of Australia and hanging out for some rain and cold.
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  6. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 12, 2012
    He wasn't considered for Family reasons
  7. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 12, 2012
    Lebanon squad, All squads are finalized now and they can all be found on the first page

    Robbie Farah (Captain – South Sydney)
    Mitchell Moses (Vice Captain – Parramatta Eels)
    Danny Barakat (Wentworthville)
    Jamie Clark (Auburn Warriors)
    Adam Doueihi (South Sydney)
    James Elias (West Newcastle)
    Ahmad Ellaz (Auburn Warriors)
    Nick Kassis (Blacktown Workers)
    Andrew Kazzi (Wests Tigers)
    Anthony Layoun (Parramatta Eels)
    Michael Lichaa (Bulldogs)
    Mitchell Mamary (Wentworthville)
    Bilal Maarbani (Manly Sea Eagles)
    Abbas Miski (North Sydney)
    Tim Mannah (Parramatta Eels)
    Ray Moujalli (Bulldogs)
    Reece Robinson (unattached)
    Travis Robinson (Newtown)
    Chris Saab (Blacktown Workers)
    Raymond Sabat (Lycans FC)
    Jaleel Seve-Derbas (Wests Tigers)
    Elias Sukkar (Wentworthville)
    Alex Twal (Wests Tigers)
    Jason Wehbe (unattached)

  8. Billy

    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

    Apr 16, 2008
    James Elias must have trained well to get a spot.
    He says he has been training at centre for them, which isn't his main position (second row), so they must be struggling for centres.
    He had about 3 years in our reserve grade, so he has played against a lot of the guys he will face in the WC.
    Lebanon need to finish top 3 in their group to make the final 8, so a win over France would do it for them, and that might be doable.
  9. packo

    packo :) (:

    May 12, 2010
    That Lebanon squad is hectic as brah
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  10. Billy

    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

    Apr 16, 2008
    Just watched the country v Scotland game. Country won 50 - 14, but Scotland rested all their NRL and ESL players.
    Sam Keenan had a good game off the bench (former Knights under 20s halfback)
    Jake Lawrence was probably countries best (former Knights under 16s and 18s second rower - played alongside Clydsdale and Pat Mat in our under 18s premiers)
    Jacob Gagai scored 2 tries - looked good when he was involved, but didn't get involved much.
    Brendan O'Hagan played hooker off the bench - he has bulked up a lot - he didn't get into the clear, so you couldn't tell if he still has the speed he had as a halfback.
  11. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 12, 2012
    Australia v England - Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Friday 8pm (AEDT)


    1 Billy Slater
    2 Dane Gagai
    3 Will Chambers
    4 Josh Dugan
    5 Valentine Holmes
    6 Michael Morgan
    7 Cooper Cronk
    8 Aaron Woods
    9 Cameron Smith (c)
    10 David Klemmer
    11 Boyd Cordner (vc)
    12 Matt Gillett
    13 Jake Trbojevic
    14 Wade Graham
    15 Jordan McLean
    16 Josh McGuire
    17 Tyson Frizell

    18 Reagan Campbell-Gillard
    19 Ben Hunt
    20 Tom Trbojevic
    21 Felise Kaufusi

    England (squad)

    John Bateman
    Sam Burgess
    Thomas Burgess
    Luke Gale
    James Graham
    Ryan Hall
    Chris Heighington
    Chris Hill
    Josh Hodgson
    Jonny Lomax
    Jermaine Mcgillvary
    Sean O'loughlin (c)
    James Roby
    Alex Walmsley
    Kallum Watkins
    Elliott Whitehead
    Gareth Widdop

    Ben Currie
    Kevin Brown
    Mark Percival
    Scott Taylor

    Papua New Guinea v Wales - Oil Search National Football Stadium, Port Moresby, 3pm Saturday (4pm AEDT)

    Papua New Guinea

    1 David Mead (c)
    2 Justin Olam
    3 Kato Ottio
    4 Nene Macdonald
    5 Garry Lo
    6 Ase Boas
    7 Watson Boas
    8 Stanton Albert
    9 Wartovo Puara
    10 Luke Page
    11 Rhyse Martin
    12 Rod Griffin
    13 Paul Aiton
    14 Kurt Baptiste
    15 Willie Minoga
    16 James Segeyaro
    17 Enock Maki

    18 Lachlan Lam
    19 Stargroth Amean
    20 Wellington Albert
    21 Moses Meninga


    1 Elliot Kear
    2 Rhys Williams
    3 Michael Channing
    4 Andrew Gay
    5 Regan Grace
    6 Courtney Davies
    7 Matt Seamark
    8 Craig Kopczak (c)
    9 Steve Parry
    10 Philip Joseph
    11 Rhodri Lloyd
    12 Ben Morris
    13 Morgan Knowles
    14 Matty Fozard
    15 Sam Hopkins
    16 Ben Evans
    17 Chester Butler

    18 Josh Ralph
    19 Dalton Grant
    20 Christiaan Roets
    21 Matthew Barron

    New Zealand v Samoa - Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, 8.10pm Saturday (6.10pm AEDT)

    New Zealand

    1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
    2 Dallin Watene Zelezniak
    3 Gerard Beale
    4 Bradley Takairangi
    5 Jordan Rapana
    6 Kodi Nikorima
    7 Shaun Johnson
    8 Martin Taupau
    9 Thomas Leuluai
    10 Adam Blair (c)
    11 Kenny Bromwich
    12 Joseph Tapine
    13 Simon Mannering
    14 Nelson Asofa-Solomona
    15 Russell Packer
    16 Isaac Liu
    17 Danny Levi

    18 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
    19 Peta Hiku
    20 Te Maire Martin
    21 Addin Fonua-Blake


    1 Young Tonumaipea
    2 Peter Mata'utia
    3 Timoteo Lafai
    4 Joseph Leilua
    5 Ken Maumalo
    6 Joseph Paulo
    7 Ben Roberts
    8 Junior Paulo
    9 Jazz Tevaga
    10 Sam Lisone
    11 Joshua Papalii
    12 Frank Pritchard (c)
    13 Leeson Ah Mau
    14 Pita Godinet
    15 Herman Ese'ese
    16 Suaia Matagi
    17 Bunty Afoa

    18 Zane Musgrove
    19 Ricky Leutele
    20 Frank Winterstein
    21 Fa'amanu Brown

    Fiji v USA - Townsville Stadium, 7.40pm Saturday (6.40pm AEDT)


    1 Kevin Naiqama (c)
    2 Suliasi Vunivalu
    3 Taane Milne
    4 Akuila Uate
    5 Marcelo Montoya
    6 Jarryd Hayne
    7 Henry Raiwalui
    8 Ashton Sims
    9 Apisai Koroisau
    10 Kane Evans
    11 Viliame Kikau
    12 Korbin Sims
    13 Tui Kamikamica
    14 Joe Lovodua
    15 Jacob Saifiti
    16 Eloni Vunakece
    17 Petero Benjamin Nakubuwai

    18 Brayden Wiliame
    19 James Storer
    20 Junior Roqica
    21 Pio Seci


    1 Corey Makelim
    2 Ryan Burroughs
    3 Junior Vaivai
    4 Jonathan Alley
    5 Wing Bureta Faraimo
    6 Kristian Freed
    7 Matthew Walsh
    8 1 Eddy Pettybourne
    9 David Marando
    10 Mark Offerdahl (c)
    11 Danny Howard
    12 Matt Shipway
    13 Nicholas Newlin
    14 Sam Tochterman-Talbott
    15 Andrew Kneisly
    16 Steve Howard
    17 Gabriel Farley

    18 Charles Joseph Cortalano
    19 Joe Eichner
    20 David Ulch
    21 Joshua Rice

    Ireland v Italy - Barlow Park, Cairns, 2pm Sunday (3pm AEDT)


    1 Scott Grix
    2 Shannon Mcdonnell
    3 Ed Chamberlain
    4 Centre Michael Morgan
    5 Wing Liam Kay
    6 Api Pewhairangi
    7 Liam Finn (c)
    8 1 Brad Singleton
    9 Michael Mcilorum
    10 Kyle Amor
    11 Louie Mccarthy-Scarsbrook
    12 Oliver Roberts
    13 George King
    14 Tyrone Mccarthy
    15 James Hasson
    16 Joe Philbin
    17 Anthony Mullally

    18 Joe Keyes
    19 Will Hope
    20 Jack Higginson
    21 Matty Hadden


    1 James Tedesco
    2 Mason Cerruto
    3 Justin Castellaro
    4 Nathan Milone
    5 Josh Mantellato
    6 Terry Campese
    7 Jack Johns
    8 Paul Vaughan
    9 Ryan Ghietti
    10 Daniel Alvaro
    11 Joel Riethmuller
    12 Mark Minichiello (c)
    13 Nathan Brown
    14 Colin Wilkie
    15 Brendan Santi
    16 Shannon Wakeman
    17 Jayden Walker

    18 Christophe Calegri
    19 Christopher Centrone
    20 Joe Tramontana
    21 Gavin Hiscox

    Scotland v Tonga - Barlow Park, Cairns, 4.15pm Sunday (5.15pm AEDT)


    1 Lewis Tierney
    2 Matthew Russell
    3 Ben Hellewel
    4 Lachlan Stein
    5 Will Oakes
    6 Danny Brough (c)
    7 Danny Addy
    8 Luke Douglas
    9 Kane Bentley
    10 Ben Kavanagh
    11 Frankie Mariano
    12 Dale Ferguson
    13 James Bell
    14 Callum Phillips
    15 Andrew Bentley
    16 Sam Brooks
    17 Johnny Walker

    18 Alex Walker
    19 Jarred Anderson
    20 Kieran Moran
    21 Brandan Wilkinson


    1 William Hopoate
    2 Daniel Tupou
    3 Michael Jennings
    4 Konrad Hurrell
    5 Manu Vatuvei
    6 Tuimoala Lolohea
    7 Mafoa'aeata Hingano
    8 Andrew Fifita
    9 Siliva Havili
    10 Sio Siua Taukeiaho
    11 Manu Ma'u
    12 Sika Manu (c)
    13 Jason Taumalolo
    14 Sione Katoa
    15 Sam Moa
    16 Peni Terepo
    17 Ben Murdoch-Masilia

    18 Joe Ofahengaue
    19 Solomone Kata
    20 David Fusitua
    21 Samisoni Langi

    France v Lebanon - Canberra Stadium, 4pm Sunday


    1 Mark Kheirallah
    2 Fouad Yaha
    3 Bastien Ader
    4 Damien Cardace
    5 Ilias Bergal
    6 Theo Fages (c)
    7 William Barthau
    8 Antoni Maria
    9 Eloi Pelissier
    10 Julian Bousquet
    11 Benjamin Garcia
    12 Benjamin Jullien
    13 Jason Baitieri
    14 Clement Boyer
    15 Nabil Djalout
    16 Thibault Margalet
    17 Lucas Albert

    18 John Boudebza
    19 Olivier Arnoud
    20 Mickael Rouch
    21 Romain Navarrete


    1 Anthony Layoun
    2 Travis Robinson
    3 James Elias
    4 Jason Wehbe
    5 Abbas Miski
    6 Mitchell Moses
    7 Robbie Farah (c)
    8 Tim Mannah
    9 Michael Lichaa
    10 Alex Twal
    11 Chris Saab
    12 Ahmad Ellaz
    13 Nick Kassis
    14 Mitchell Mamary
    15 Elias Sukkar
    16 Jaleel Seve-Derbas
    17 Andrew Kazzi

    18 Adam Doueihi
    19 Bilal Maarbani
    20 Jamie Clark
    21 Danny Barakat

  12. Billy

    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

    Apr 16, 2008
    Jack Johns getting to play alongside Terry Campese in the halves for Italy is a very good result.
    It will be a great learning experience for him to train and play with Campese for a month or more.
  13. packo

    packo :) (:

    May 12, 2010
    Great to see some of those teams fairly strong. Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, PNG. Can't wait.

    Does anybody know if all the games are televised?
  14. Billy

    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

    Apr 16, 2008
    7 network are saying all 28 games and all the women's WC games will be live, but I expect a lot will be on back channels.
    I have set record for the first game and marked record the whole series, so i'm hoping that works across channels.
    edit - most of the games seem to be on 7mate
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2017
  15. member 2299

    member 2299 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

    Aug 16, 2009
    Nambucca Heads
    How does Dugan do it? Has he embarrassing pics of SOO and National Selectors. Was absolutely woeful in SOO apart from busting out of camp
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  16. krustykraz

    krustykraz Brett Grogan

    Jun 29, 2017
    I cant wait to see how Johns uses Tedesco.
  17. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 12, 2012
    Levi's toughness a perfect fit for Kiwis

    Thu 26 Oct, 2017, 6:55am
    By Corey Rosser‌, New Zealand Correspondent‌‌, ‌‌‌NRL.com

    A taxing start to his career hasn't made life easy for Danny Levi at club level, but according to his Kiwis teammates it's shaped an attitude perfect for the Test arena.

    Across his first three years in the NRL Telstra Premiership, Levi has tasted victory just six times in 49 games. That's a winning record of 12.24 per cent through a period where his Newcastle Knights have collected three straight wooden spoons.

    But on the eve of his international debut for New Zealand against Samoa this Saturday in Auckland, Kiwis forward Elijah Taylor said the hard-working hooker's approach to the game would ensure he fits right in.

    "The way he has played with the Knights over the last three years, defending in the middle and playing through it when you're not winning, but turning up every week and playing well every week, that shows a lot of character," Taylor told NRL.com.

    "He has been getting pumped with Newcastle, but he still turns up and gives his usual performance, it says a lot about him and it builds resilience.

    "His attitude is noticeable. Those lessons he picked up at the Knights, that will be driving him in this tournament and in future years to come. As a young guy you tend to soak up all those things.

    "I know he has got a lot of potential. He trains hard, he works hard in the gym. I am really, really looking forward to having the opportunity to play alongside him at some stage."

    Levi will come off the interchange and share dummy-half duties with Thomas Leuluai in the Kiwis' tournament opener at Mount Smart Stadium, after starting 15 of his 24 games for the Knights this year.

    The World Cup campaign is Levi's chance to confirm himself as the long-term New Zealand No.9, with veteran rake Issac Luke overlooked for the squad altogether and 32-year-old Leuluai likely to be playing his last tournament for the Kiwis.

    Leuluai believed Levi's call-up had been a long time coming, despite still being just 21 years of age.

    "Danny has been playing some good football for a while now, I remember when I was back at the Warriors he was always knocking at the door then, he's a young fella brought up with the right values and he fits into the group really well," Leuluai said.

    "He has done a great job coming into camp, all our young guys have, he's a great player and he deserves his spot in the team."

    Levi will have plenty of support come kick-off on Saturday, with several groups of family and friends expected to make the trip up from his hometown of Wellington for the match against Samoa.

  18. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 12, 2012
    Knights World Cup preview: Week 1

    Thu 26th October, 09:00AM

    With this time of year normally a struggle for rugby league fans, the Rugby League World Cup is a blessing for those who can’t go without their footy fix.

    The tournament is set to kick off in Melbourne this Friday, and features some of the game’s elite as well as talents from all four corners of the world.

    In Week 1 seven incoming, outgoing and current Knights have been named to play.

    Read on to find out which games are a must-watch from a red and blue perspective.


    Date: Friday October 27
    Kick-off: 8pm
    Venue: Melbourne Rectangular Stadium

    Two Knights are involved in the tournament’s opener, with the incoming Chris Heighington named for England and the departing Dane Gagai making his Kangaroos debut on the wing.

    At the time of writing England has not confirmed their player numbers for the match, so it has not yet been confirmed whether Heighington will start or come from the bench.

    Averaging 90 metres per match from the bench for the Sharks in 2017, it’s likely that England coach Wayne Bennett will utilise the veteran campaigner in a similar way.

    This match is the blockbuster of the first week of the World Cup, with two teams full of star players going head to head.


    1. Billy Slater, 2. Dane Gagai, 3. Will Chambers, 4. Josh Dugan, 5. Valentine Holmes, 6. Michael Morgan, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Aaron Woods, 9. Cameron Smith, 10. David Klemmer, 11. Boyd Cordner, 12. Matt Gillett, 13. Jake Trbojevic. Interchange: 14. Wade Graham, 15. Jordan McLean, 16. Josh McGuire, 17. Tyson Frizell, 18. Reagan Campbell-Gillard, 19. Ben Hunt, 20. Tom Trbojevic, 21. Felise Kaufusi.

    England (squad)

    John Bateman, Sam Burgess, Thomas Burgess, Luke Gale, James Graham, Ryan Hall, Chris Heighington, Chris Hill, Josh Hodgson, Jonny Lomax, Jermaine Mcgillvary, Sean O’loughlin, James Roby, Alex Walmsley, Kallum Watkins, Elliott Whitehead, Gareth Widdop.


    Date: Saturday October 28
    Kick-off: 8.10pm NZT, 6.10pm AEDT
    Venue: Mt Smart Stadium

    Three Knights will participate in this match, with 21-year-old Danny Levi making a deserved international debut for the Kiwis from the bench, 2018 signing Herman Ese’ese named on the bench for Samoa along with the departing Peter Mata’utia starting on the wing.

    Having represented New Zealand at junior level, a strong season at the Knights unhampered by injury sees Levi achieve a lifelong dream.

    He will play deputy to Thomas Leuluai at hooker, and aim to push for a starting spot further down the track.

    Meanwhile, Ese’ese made his international debut for Samoa earlier this year and is sitting on just one cap heading into this match.

    He will provide impact from the bench for either Sam Lisone or Junior Paulo, and will gain valuable experience coming up against the likes of Martin Taupau, Adam Blair, Nelson Asofa-Solomona and Jared Russell Packer.

    New Zealand

    1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, 3. Gerard Beale, 4. Bradley Takairangi, 5. Jordan Rapana, 6. Kodi Nikorima, 7. Shaun Johnson, 8. Martin Taupau, 9. Thomas Leuluai, 10. Adam Blair, 11. Kenny Bromwich, 12. Joseph Tapine, 13. Simon Mannering. Interchange: 14. Nelson Asofa-Solomona, 15. Russell Packer, 16. Issac Liu, 17. Danny Levi, 18. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 19. Peta Hiku, 20. Te Maire Martin, 21. Addin Fonua-Blake.


    1. Young Tonumaipea, 2. Peter Mata’utia, 3. Timoteo Lafai, 4. Joseph Leilua, 5. Ken Maumalo, 6. Joseph Paulo, 7. Ben Roberts, 8. Junior Paulo, 9. Jazz Tevaga, 10. Sam Lisone, 11. Josh Papalii, 12. Frank Pritchard, 13. Leeson Ah Mau, 14. Pit Godinet, 15. Herman Ese’ese, 16. Suaia Matagi, 17. Bunty Afoa, 18. Zane Musgrove, 19. Ricky Leutele, 20. Frank Winterstein, 21. Fa’amanu Brown.


    Date: Saturday October 28
    Kick-off: 7.40pm AEST, 6.40pm AEDT
    Venue: Townsville Stadium

    Jacob Saifiti is the lone Knight to feature in this game, with brother Daniel recovering from shoulder surgery.

    Knights assistant coach Mick Potter is at the reins for Fiji, and he has named Saifiti to start from the bench in what is undeniably a star-studded side.

    Every time the Saifiti twins have played for Fiji they have come back to the Knights at a new level, and hopefully it’s no different for Jacob this time around.

    In the first week of the World Cup he will come up against a number of forwards that are relatively unknown within the Australian game.


    1. Kevin Naiqama, 2. Suliasi Vunivalu, 3. Taane Milne, 4. Akuila Uate, 5. Marcelo Montoya, 6. Jarryd Hayne, 7. Henry Raiwalui, 8. Ashton Sims, 9. Apisai Koroisau, 10. Kane Evans, 11. Viliame Kikau, 12. Korbin Sims, 13. Tui Kamikamica. Interchange: 14. Joe Lovodua, 15. Jacob Saifiti, 16. Eloni Vunakece, 17. Petero Nakubuwai, 18. Brayden Williame, 19. James Storer, 20. Junior Roqica, 21. Pio Seci.


    1. Corey Makelim, 2. Ryan Burroughs, 3. Junior Vaivai, 4. Jonathon Alley, 5. Bureta Faraimo, 6. Kristian Freed, 7. Matthew Walsh, 8. Eddy Pettybourne, 9. David Marando, 10. Mark Offerdahl, 11. Danny Howard, 12. Matt Shipway, 13. Nicholas Newlin. Interchange: 14. Sam Tochterman-Talbott, 15. Andrew Kneisly, 16. Steve Howard, 17. Gabriel Farley, 18. Charles Joseph Cortalano, 19. Joe Eichner, 20. David Ulch, 21. Joshua Rice.


    Date: Sunday October 29
    Kick-off: 2pm AEST, 3pm AEDT
    Venue: Barlow Park

    The final Knight named to play in the first week of the World Cup is Jack Johns, who will be making his international debut for Italy at halfback.

    It’s a wonderful achievement for the 20-year-old Knight, who joined the Club ahead of the 2017 season and nailed down a regular starting spot in the Under 20s.

    The latest Johns to wear red and blue has Italian heritage through his mother’s side of the family, and will gain invaluable experience playing alongside the likes of James Tedesco, Nathan Brown, Paul Vaughan and Terry Campese.

    Conditions for the Azzurri’s match against Ireland could be challenging, as they play in Cairns at 2pm with the temperature expected to rise above 30 degrees.


    1. Scott Grix, 2. Shannon Mcdonnell, 3. Ed Chamberlain, 4. Michael Morgan, 5. Liam Kay, 6. Api Pewhairangi, 7. Liam Finn, 8. Brad Singleton, 9. Michael Mcilorum, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Louie Mccarthy-Scarsbrook, 12. Oliver Roberts, 13. George King. Interchange: 14. Tyrone Mccarthy, 15. James Hasson, 16. Joe Philbin, 17. Anthony Mullally, 18. Joe Keyes, 19. Will Hope, 20. Jack Higginson, 21. Matty Hadden.


    1. James Tedesco, 2. Mason Cerruto, 3. Justin Castellaro, 4. Nathan Milone, 5. Josh Mantellato, 6. Terry Campese, 7. Jack Johns, 8. Paul Vaughan, 9. Ryan Ghietti, 10. Daniel Alvaro, 11. Joel Riethmuller, 12. Mark Minichiello, 13. Nathan Brown. Interchange: 14. Colin Wilkie, 15. Brendan Santi, 16. Shannon Wakeman, 17. Jayden Walker, 18. Christophe Calegri, 19. Christopher Centrone, 20. Joe Tramontana, 21. Gavin Hiscox.

  19. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 12, 2012
    Johns ready to make family history

    Thu 26th October, 02:48PM

    It's no easy feat to make football history within the Johns family, but Jack Johns will do just that this Sunday.

    He will tread a different path to father, Matty Johns, and uncle, Andrew Johns, when he makes his international debut at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup this weekend.

    The 20-year-old will represent Italy in the Azzurri’s first match against Ireland at Cairns this Sunday.

    Johns said this week at their training camp the team has been getting used to Queensland’s tropical conditions.

    “We have been training in the Cairns heat in the middle of the day for the last few days and I think the boys are starting to adjust well now,” Johns explained.

    “A lot of sweaty bodies out there but we’re really getting used to the weather.

    “Ireland have been here in Cairns for about two weeks so they have also adjusted well to the weather.”

    Having played the entire 2017 season in the Knights Under 20s side, it will be baptism of fire for the young half, who has been selected as Italy’s starting halfback.

    “I am pretty nervous,” admitted Johns.

    “We had good preparation playing against Tonga… the size of the players gave me a lot of confidence and coming out of that game unscathed.

    “Our preparation has been good and we won’t be too complacent against Ireland.”

    Johns said the team will look to play a physical game to get on top of their opponents.

    “We have to play through the middle and we really have to tire out their forwards because they have a pretty large forward pack from the Super League,” Johns commented."

    But training alongside names like James Tedesco, Nathan Brown and Paul Vaughan, Johns’ confidence has been boosted.

    “Playing with them gives you a lot of confidence going out to a match knowing that they’ve got your back,” he said.

    “The non-selections for Australia for a lot of our more experienced players like Tedesco and Vaughan has given us a great team for the World Cup and the boys are really excited to go out and impress a few people.

    “The boys are playing it day by day and they are just preparing for the matches like they would any other match and getting their bodies right and making sure we really peak on that Sunday.”

    In his first ever World Cup match, mum Trish will be watching from the sidelines in Cairns but a whole host of friends and family will also be tuning in to cheer him on.

    “I got a text from our captain (Under 20s) Zac Hosking yesterday and he told me he’ll be watching and cheering me on,” Johns said.

    “That gives me a lot of confidence and gives me a bit of a boost going into a match like this.”

    Johns is also looking forward to his encounter with Knights club mate Jacob Saifiti when they take on Fiji in Canberra for game three.

    “I will make sure I have my mouth guard on when I come across him,” Johns joked.

    “It's the one game near Sydney so I will have plenty of friends watching and I know a lot of these boys will have their families there, so I’m sure we will have a big crowd down there for us.”

  20. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 12, 2012
    NRL.com's RLWC young guns to watch

    Thu 26th October, 01:23PM

    NRL.com has named it's must-watch list of young guns at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, with three nib Newcastle Knights making it into the list.

    Tom Trbojevic (Australia)

    The 21-year-old would have played State of Origin in 2017 if it weren't for an ankle injury and shapes as the future Australian fullback after a strong season in the NRL. While he isn't playing in Australia's opening game against England on Friday night, the Sea Eagles custodian should get a chance to feature later on in the tournament and the experience itself should see Trbojevic's game rise to another level – the level he's shown glimpses of but is still yet to completely nail down.

    Jack Johns (Italy)

    The young Newcastle Knights five-eighth will get a taste of the international arena at just 20 years of age despite being one of many who are yet to feature at NRL level. With a surname famous in rugby league circles, the son of Matthew Johns is set to line up alongside an experienced Terry Campese in the halves, while rubbing shoulders with NRL stars James Tedesco, Paul Vaughan and Nathan Brown. While the Knights are set to give new recruit Connor Watson and young half Brock Lamb first crack in the halves next season, a strong tournament from Johns against quality opposition could throw a spanner in the works for Newcastle coach Nathan Brown.

    Alex Twal (Lebanon)

    Twal made the mid-season switch from Parramatta to the Wests Tigers in 2017 and was immediately rewarded with an NRL debut, putting in some seriously consistent performances off the bench. He can continue to put his hand up for selection in Ivan Cleary's side next season with strong performances against France, Australia and England in the group stages. While he's not the biggest prop-forward going around, Twal's versatility and work-rate could see coach Brad Fittler use him for longer minutes than he's used to at NRL level.

    Reagan Campbell-Gillard (Australia)

    Injuries and withdrawals in the Kangaroos forward pack may have helped the Panthers prop into the Australian squad but there is no denying on potential alone Campbell-Gillard has what it takes to cement a position in the green and gold long into the future. Despite Campbell-Gillard's run of impressive late-season form coming off the bench at Penrith, Australian coach Mal Meninga has resisted the urge to play the 24-year-old against England but look for him to debut in the Kangaroos' clash with Lebanon later on in the campaign. Kiwis enforcer Marty Taupau took it to Campbell-Gillard in the first week of the NRL finals so look out for a rematch if the two nations come toe-to-toe in the semi-final stages.

    Danny Levi (New Zealand)

    Like several players at the Knights, Kiwi hooker Danny Levi has seen far more first grade than the average teenager would in the last three seasons in club land. He now gets a chance to take his game to a new level behind a big forward pack led by Adam Blair, Simon Mannering and Marty Taupau. While he has been named to come off the bench against Samoa, the 21-year-old has been earmarked as Issac Luke's long-term replacement and should come out of the tournament with a new insight to the game to take back to Newcastle.

    Jarome Luai (Samoa)

    Originally stunned at his selection in the squad, young Panthers utility Jarome Luai will have to wait at least another week to debut with veteran Joseph Paulo preferred at five-eighth against a strong New Zealand outfit on Saturday night. However with the ability to play in the halves or the outside backs, look for the Penrith prodigy to push his way into the side as Samoa's campaign progresses. With Panthers teammate Tyrone May out for an extended period and uncertainty over Matt Moylan's future at Penrith, any experience at this level for the 20-year-old is going to be beneficial for his future NRL aspirations.

    Suliasi Vunivalu (Fiji)

    It may be hard to believe but Melbourne Storm winger Suliasi Vunivalu heads into the World Cup as a fresh-faced 21-year-old who only made his international debut for Fiji in June. The try-scoring flyer has 46 tries in 47 appearances for Melbourne and in similar vein to Semi Radradra in 2013, has proved unstoppable in his first two seasons of NRL. Away from the might of the Storm it could prove a different story however, so we watch on with intrigue as to how many four-pointers Vunivalu can cross for during the tournament.

    Bilal Maarbani (Lebanon)

    An apprentice electrician by day, young Manly Sea Eagles winger Bilal Maarbani caps off a stellar season in the under-20s to head into camp with plenty of confidence. A fullback or centre, Maarbani is a former Bulldogs junior who will use the World Cup experience as a stepping stone into the next stage of his career as he chases an NRL debut. With Lebanon set to play heavyweights Australia and England in the group stages, the result of Sunday afternoon's clash against France could dictate whether the utility back gets a chance later on in Lebanon's campaign.

    Jacob Saifiti (Fiji)

    Fresh from signing a new two-year extension at the Knights, prop Jacob Saifiti will see this tournament as a big opportunity to kick on following a solid second season in the NRL. After receiving a huge rap from Australia and Fiji legend Petero Civoniceva mid-year, Saifiti will be one to watch coming off the bench against the USA on Saturday night.

    Kato Ottio (PNG)

    Papua New Guinea and Canberra flyer Kato Ottio is another player chasing an NRL start 2018 and he can use a starting centre spot against Wales as the first opportunity to impress coach Ricky Stuart. Injury has plagued the early stages of Ottio's career in the nation's capital but a strong campaign for the Kumuls could put his name back on the NRL radar.


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