FAR & WIDE: Number 17

By STEVE MASCORD

PACK your picnic baskets, international rugby league is coming to western Sydney a week after the NRL grand final.

Lebanon will take on the Cook Islands at The Chrest in Bass Hill on October 7. Both sides are expected to include a sprinkling of NRL talent.

The Cooks can call on the likes of Zane Tetevano, Geoff Daniela and Dominic Peyroux. More detail as it comes to hand.

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IT’S taken a while but we finally have a draw for the European Cup which – as predicted in Far & Wide – will not involve Italy even though Alitalia are the sponsors.

“When coupled with the significant expenditure FIRL committed to the World Cup qualifiers the Italian rugby league felt it was not in a position to support the national squad for a further three weeks, even with a support package from the RLEF,” said Rugby League European Federation general manager Danny Kazandjian.
“It was an extremely difficult decision for FIRL to take, and their board, with the close co-operation of the RLEF, has decided to undertake a full review of their governance to ensure they are running as efficiently as possible in this challenging economic climate.”

Here’s the draw:

Round 114 October: SCOTLAND v IRELAND, Meggetland, Edinburgh 1400 hrs Round 2 19 October IRELAND v ENGLAND KNIGHTS, Belfast Harlequins, Belfast 1930 hrs Round 3 28 October: SCOTLAND v ENGLAND KNIGHTS, Meggetland, Edinburgh 1400 hrs

 

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CONGRATULATIONS to the United States, 28-24 winners over Canada in the recent Colonial Cup game in Toronto

Two players in the Tomahawks train-on squad are figuring in the Intrust Super Cup play-offs. Tui Samoa of Redcliffe and Cory Blair of Tweed Heads hope to be turning out for the US in the World Cup.

Still on North America, British Columbia won a new cross-border representative game against Utah, 32-28.

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TRIALS will continue tomorrow for the Lebanon Under 16s team which will play in the Harmony Cup at Western Weekender Stadium on October 6.

The Cedars certainly have some knowhow in the coaching ranks for the side, with Paul Khoury the main man, David Bayssari head of the coaching department and Richard Kairouz the fitness man.

Selectors struggled last Wednesday to pick just 30 boys from the flood of hopefuls who attended the initial trials at Ruse Park in Bankstown. Tomorrow (Thursday) is the second of two trials this week aimed at whittling the squad down further.

Other teams in the Harmony Cup are set to be Australian Indigenous, Mediteranean, Africa, Malta, Samoa and Maori.

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