Thursday Night The Grapple on Sport 101.5 2017-11-16
panel to select own RLWC team of the tournament- we’ll chat about best players and performances to date and then select own individual best of the best. Plenty of time to prepare. Will highlight the Tonga/NZ match in chat with Macca.
Segment 1: Congrats to Socceroos
- Amy-latest on the Women’s RLWC opening matches earlier this afternoon at Shark Park
- Chat with Greg Macca at 6.20pm-review RLWC round 3 and preview the quarter finals and in our final segment the panel will pick their individual RLWC team of the tournament –the best of the best
- All that and more on the Grapple tonight so away we go:
- Valentine Holmes may consider asking for a release from his Cronulla contract if he is shifted from his favourite fullback position next season. The Sharks have signed two big-money utility backs who can both play fullback next season - Josh Dugan and Matt Moylan and despite the fact he starred for Australia against Lebanon at fullback the other night, Holmes may find himself back on the wing, where he has played much of his football in his career at the Sharks, next season. If Mitchell Pearce joins the Sharks, that will increase the odds of Holmes playing on the wing, with Moylan likely to play fullback and Pearce and Chad Townsend in the halves. Holmes has told those close to him he will consider requesting a release if he is moved back onto the wing, which he considers a backward step in his career. If he does, watch several clubs, headed by the Tigers, make a play for the Sharks' glamour boy.
- Warriors say good riddance to Foran. Kieran Foran only stayed one season at the Warriors, but he left a lasting legacy - of sorts. "He is the most difficult, rude and disagreeable person I've ever dealt with," a veteran Warriors official has said. "He won't be missed by anyone at the club - good riddance." After a disappointing return to football at the Warriors in 2017, Foran will be looking to regain his best form at the Bulldogs next season.
- England’s blockbusting winger Jermaine McGillvary hasn't just caught the eye of NRL clubs - a Super League outfit is considering making a play for the man accused of biting Robbie Farah. Cashed-up Warrington have the Huddersfield flyer on their radar for 2018. New coach Steve Price has confirmed he wants a new winger - and McGillvary - one of the stars of the World Cup - fits the bill.
- Rising NRL stars Nathan Cleary, Jayden Brailey, Latrell Mitchell, Kalyn Ponga and Brodie Croft could be among the first players named in Mal Meninga’s inaugural “Emerging Roos” squad. Australia coach Mal Meninga is planning to help the national team’s development from next year in the same vein as the Origin emerging squads that NSW and Queensland have facilitated over the year. Unlike the Queensland and NSW squads which don’t play matches, Meninga wants the Emerging Roos to play as an “Australia A” team as well as attending training camps and be part of introductory sessions on the Kangaroos culture.
- An added bonus would be that the extra games would help the game grow in the Pacific region. The international calendar for the Kangaroos is depleted next year as there is no mid-year Test, and no Four Nations tour post-season. There is a one-off Test against New Zealand earmarked for October. Any Emerging Roos named would not be locked into playing for Australia. For many years, Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett led the Emerging Maroons through a four-day camp. Current Maroons coach Kev Walters has done it for the past two years, and former Blues coach Laurie Daley used to lead the NSW camps in conjunction with pathways coaches.
- Meninga is open to any suggestions on who should look after Australia A. The next step for Meninga is to finish his World Cup commitments and then put a detailed Emerging Roos program together for the ARL Commission to consider.
Equal pay across the Rugby League World Cup:
- New Zealand forward Martin Taupau has echoed the chorus of calls for equal pay across the Rugby League World Cup. Players from top-tier nations such as Australia and New Zealand will be paid up to around $50,000 each by their country for the six-week tournament, while those from minnow teams earn as little as a $30 a day.
- The issue has become a major talking point in the lead-up to the tournament, after Andrew Fifita and Jason Taumalolo had taken significant pay cuts to represent Tonga ahead of Australia and New Zealand respectively.
- Taupau's comments came after Samoan coach Matt Parish called on the Rugby League International Federation to level the pay gap at Sunday's tournament launch. Parish argued it would create not only a more-even tournament, but also better develop the game across the Pacific nations.
- However, tournament boss Andrew Hill said that while the World Cup had promoted equality in player off-field standards, payment amounts were a matter for each individual country. "What each country does for the payments to their players is not a matter to the tournament as such. It's a matter for each of the individual countries."
Segment 2: Greg McCallum
- RLWC-Round 3 completed over the weekend but the Tonga Kiwis match an absolute belter of a promotion for rugby league
Segment 3: 6.42-6.58: Panel’s best of the best from the 2017 RLWC