By STEVE MASCORD
NIGEL Wood, the chief executive of the Rugby Football League and chairman of the Rugby League International Federation, recently held a media briefing and there were were some interesting revelations.
Firstly, Wood says the residency threshold allowing players to represent a country in which they reside is likely to be increased from the current two years. He also pointed to players being able to represent a tier two nation without changing their country of election – which would allow Origin stars to turn out for the Pacific countries.
Secondly, England will play a mid-season international during the NRL representative round next year. Wood says the game could be in Hong Kong or Dubai, but most likely in Britain or Australia.
THE United States is shaping up for the World Cup strongly, having lapped Jamaica 54-4 in the penultimate game of the Americas Cup in Philadelphia.
The Americans led 20-0 at halftime and were far too strong for their Caribbean rivals in the second session. Jamaica was beaten by Canada in the earlier match.
Junior Vaivai, who we wrote about last week in Far & Wide, posted a try for the Americans.
That means the US and Canada will decide the American Championship when they meet on September 24 in Toronto.
CANADA are only new to rugby league but they are putting some of the sport’s more established countries to shame.
A Canadian military team recently visited Poland, playing a local selection and holding coaching clinics for kids.
Elsewhere, Ireland semi-finals have been played with Longhorns defeating Athy Sharks 30-16, while the Tribesmen overcame Dublin City Exiles 30-24 in the other game.
In Italy, Spartans Catania will play XIII del Ducato in the grand final of the Italian Serie in Rome, following what has been described as “the most extensive domestic season in Italy’s 60-year rugby league history”.
They teams won their respective zone championships, each of which included four teams playing on a home-and-away basis.
THE Filipino rugby league has launched a drive to find sponsors for individual players.
They are asking people in established rugby league countries to sponsor players for A$100 per year. With a competition kicking off in October, 80 sponsors are needed. The drive is being led by the league’s vice president, Paul Sheedy, a former Melbourne Storm player
If you can help, hit up the Philippines National Rugby League on Facebook.
Filed for: RUGBY LEAGUE WEEK