TRAVELS: III

TravelsBy STEVE MASCORD

SOMETHING weird is happening here in America

This week’s column comes to you from Beantown – Boston. The temperature here is the same as Sydney, except here it’s Fahrenheit. You already knew weird stuff happens in this country, right? But I am referring to the great game of rugby league. There are two governing bodies here, the AMNRL and the USARL.

The AMNRL is the official body, responsible for fielding the US team in the World Cup this year. The USARL is the breakaway – and it happened for the reason it has always happened, because the clubs didn’t feel they were getting a say in what was going on.

But now the AMNRL website has disappeared and a question regarding its fate on the organisation’s Facebook page has gone unanswered.

A key figure in the breakaway, Mikhael Shammas, has meanwhile moved back to Beirut from Boston after starting the Boston 13s club.

Could we soon see a reconciliation of the warring parties? By the time you read this, I will be down in New York, sniffing around for information…

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INTERESTING movements in the NRL in the past 48 hours, with Michael Jennings reportedly about to sign with Sydney Roosters after gaining a release from Penrith.

Gold Coast, though, have joined the race for Jennings.

Souths had been linked to him but have now dropped off, getting Beau Champion back from the Titans instead.

Souths have been chasing centres for some months, with Kallum Watkins and Israel Folau mentioned in dispatches. There’s no reason to think they’ve given up on those two for future seasons, either.

MY Australian compatriots were not best-pleased by the anointing of Sir Kevin Sinfield as the Golden Boot recipient for 2012.

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