FAR & WIDE: July 2015

Far & WideBy STEVE MASCORD

GAMES, dates and venues have been confirmed for this year’s European Championships.

It all starts on October 16 when Scotland plays Wales at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham. The next day, France takes on Ireland at Albi.

There’ll be only one game the following weekend, with Scotland hosting Ireland in Galshiels. That’s the same weekend as the Kiwis kick off their English tour with an old-style club game against Leeds.

Wales take on France in Cardiff on October 31. The series concludes on November 7 with France playing Scotland in Avignon and Ireland meeting Wales in Bray, with the winner being determined on a first past the post basis.

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VALENCIAN Warriors have won their first title, taking out the Spanish Cup final over Irreductibles Mislata, 32-12.

LeagueWeek Back IssuesCentre Christian Domínguez crossed twice for the victors. It’s the second year in a row that Irreductibles have lost the Cup final.

The Latvian premiership has also been determined, too. RC Fenkss finished on top of the four-team competition, ahead of Ķekava Warriors, Grobiņa Vikings and Livonia.

And the 10th Jamaican season has just kicked off.

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THE latest installment of Far & Wide 360 is back this Wednesday night as the final segment of NRL 360 on Fox Sports.

See an interview with rugby POW Sol Mokdad and the latest from everyone’s favourite hipster club, the Brooklyn Kings and the latest on a police request to ban State of Origin broadcasts in Papua New Guinea!

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Greenshields To Play For France In World Cup

North Queensland - Clint GreenshieldsBy STEVE MASCORD

NORTH Queensland fullback Clint Greenshields has confirmed he plans to play for France in the World Cup – but his future beyond that is uncertain.

After returning to the NRL from Catalan this season,Greenshields has finally cemented a first grade spot at the Cowboys thanks to an injury to the iconic Matt Bowen but he remains unsigned for next year n.

Much will depend on whether ‘Mango’ Bowen retires, re-signs or goes to England.

“We’ll see how Mango is and go from there,” Greenshields, a tryscorer against former club St George Illawarra on Friday, tells RLW.

“It’s obviously a massive (influence). There are a lot of other things involved as well. It’s not just opportunity and money. It’s my family and what’s best for life after footy.

“We’re just trying to win games. We’ll get that sorted and hopefully things will fall into place after that.

“I’m pretty relaxed when it comes to that sort of stuff. It’ll all work out if it’s meant to.”

Greenshields qualified for France on residential grounds and has been playing for them since 2009. He is not in coach Richard Agar’s squad right now but will soon be added.

“I’m just enjoying what I’m doing at the moment,” he said. “We’ll see how the body feels at the end of the year. I’m going to play the World Cup with France and we’ll  see how we go.

“I’m 31, not 21 anymore. If I feel good, I’ll try and run around again.”.

“Honestly, I didn’t know how much first grade I was going to get. I planned to try and cement a spot in the 13, whether it be fullback or wing or centre or where-ever.

“At the end of the day, it’s unfortunate for Mango but I’ve just got to take the opportunity while I can.”

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