Adrian Morley: My Brother Lied To Play For Wales

By STEVE MASCORD
ENGLAND star Adrian Morley has sensationally admitted his brother Chris lied about his background in order to make 13 appearances for Wales.
In a cautionary tale ahead of next year’s World Cup, Adrian says in his newly-released biography, Moz, that Chris did not qualify to play for the principality on any basis and instead got into the team by speaking “fluent bullshit”.
Adrian Morley writes: “Mike Gregory, the assistant coach at St Helens, was also the Wales assistant. One day, when he was leaving training at Saints, he (Gregory) just so happened to mention he was heading to train the Wales team.
“‘I’m Welsh,’ Chris told him. ‘Well, my gran is… I’m not sure if that counts or not.’
“It counted.
“He travelled down with Greg to the training base, where he was asked more about his Welsh ancestry. And so Chris told them that she lived in a little village, just outside of Swansea which – even after all these years – he still couldn’t pronounce. Aber-something-or-other. Our gran hardly spoke a word of English, he told them, and she loved Wales more than anything.
“None of which was true, of course. My gran didn’t really speak fluent Welsh, but fortunately for Chris he spoke fluent bullshit. His little white lie proved his passport into the Wales team and, to make it even sweeter, it activated a clause in his St Helens contract which gave him a payment of a few grand for playing international rugby!
“I remember him phoning me up.
“‘Aje, if anyone asks you, our gran is Welsh,’ he said.
“‘I thought she was from St Helens.’
“‘Not any more.’”
In 2006, New Zealand’s Nathan Fien was kicked out of the Tri-Nations and his team stripped of two competition points when it emerged that his great grandmother – and not his grandmother – was a Kiwi. He has since qualified for New Zealand on residency grounds.
Morley’s story is likely to serve as a warning to organisers of next year’s World Cup, which will include 14 teams including dozens of players whose qualifications are by ancestry.

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WHITE LINE FEVER Column: One

By STEVE MASCORD
IN Townsville on Sunday, it was like the circus had left town. 
All that was missing was a few tumbleweeds blowing down Flinders Street, past the Mad Cow which will no doubt feel the effects of the end of the rugby league season as much as any business in Australasia.
Nate Myles was on his way to Braith Anasta’s wedding (landing half an hour before the ceremony). Johnathan Thurston was heading to New York with tickets to the World Series. Tim Sheens has the small matter of a job for next year to sort out.
Reporters and referees and cameramen and sound operators will see their families for the next twenty weekends or so. Sports nuts will turn their attention to cricket and whatever big-ball sport can come across as trendy enough for the summer months this year.
And it will be easy to forget that when the circus leaves down, it doesn’t cease to exist.
It finds another paddock, and up goes the tent again. Tackling pads, strapping, ballwork, tickets, interviews, precision and pain in roughly equal doses – they’re our tapeses and elephants and ghost trains.
This week in Bangkok, Thailand and Port Vila, Vanuatu, the caravan rolls on.
Titans Kevin Gordon and Matt Srama plus South Sydney’s Andrew Everingham will represent the Philippines against Thailand on Sunday at the Royal Thai Police Stadium.
It’s the first full international ever held in Asia and also possibly the first time a husband-and-wife refereeing team will control any sporting event of note.
NRL ref Gavin Badger was asked to take up the whistle for the game. He asked if his wife Kasey, who has controlled Toyota Cup games, could join him. The Thai Rugby League said yes.
After the game, a selection of Filipino players – hopefully including the NRL trio – will conduct coaching clinics in and around Manila, as well as visiting an orphanage. Next year, while 14 countries compete in the World Cup, these two plan a return bout on a military base outside the Filipino capital.
Next Saturday, Melbourne’s Justin O’Neill will be part of Vanuatu’s first home international, against Greece at the Port Vila Municipal Stadium. Also in the Vanuatu side are Jake and Joe Meninga, nephews of Queensland coach Mal.