FAR & WIDE: Number 33

Far & WideBy STEVE MASCORD

IT will be interesting to see how many fans the Canadian Wolverines attract to Toronto’s Lamport Stadium this Saturday after an official attendance of 7169 showed up to see them beat the World Cup-bound United States two weekends ago.

The Canadians fought back from 20-10 down to win 36-20 but the crowd was the best result – bigger than some NRL and Super League games to see two sides basically of amateurs.

Far & Wide has had a fair bit to do with CRL boss Eric Perez and he’s a cluey guy. He’s been trying to secure a cross promotional deal with Sony Music, for instance.

Following Saturday’s clash with the Reggae Warriors, the Wolverines take on the US again in Philadelphia before returning home for clashes against Norway and a final Colonial Cup hit-out against the Tomahawks.

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THERE’S something of a social media campaign that’s been launched to find out more about what is going on in American Rugby League.

As regular readers will know, there are two competitions in the United States at the moment – the officially sanctioned AMNRL and the “rebel” USARL. The AMNRL is responsible for the Tomahawks side that’s going to the World Cup.

It remains to be seen if the national team will be chosen from both leagues or, as was the case during the Super League War for the Australian team at the 1995 World Cup, only from the “establishment” competition.

One USARL player, Akarika Dawn, was in the Tomahawks side that lost to Canada but the situation remains unclear..

The American website, 80thminute.com, is asking the AMNRL to answer the following questions:

phonto (1)Who Is In Charge Of The AMNRL?

Is David Niu Still Involved?

Who Are The Tomahawks Selectors?

Does Grand Prix Entertainment Own The League?

All seems fair enough to us at Far & Wide.

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WE’RE indebted to our good friend Terry Liberopoulos for the following information about Vanuatu’s post-season plans.

Apparently the international league newcomers are planning a Test against the Solomon Islands on NRL grand final weekend at Mackay’s Virgin Australia Stadium.

They are hoping to host the Solomons a week later in Port Vila. But there are fears of visa issues, which is why an announcement has been delayed.

An alternative opponent is being sourced. Meanwhile, Samoa – who will be coached by Matt Parish after Steve Price stood down – have launched a facebook page for their World Cup campaign.

Filed for: RUGBY LEAGUE WEEK

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