International Game

The treatment of former Kiwis captain Benji Marshall by coach Stephen Kearney and the Kiwis is appalling. They have belittled one of the best Kiwi players to have played for the side in the past decade by refusing to select him when every other international player has fallen over injured. It has gone beyond a coach not picking a guy due to a lack of form – this is a personal decision surely. Kiwis starters Shaun Johnson, Kieran Foran and Thomas Leuluai are unavailable for the three-test...
I like Stephen Kearney and think he’s done a fantastic job as Kiwis coach. But questions need to be asked about whether personal issues with certain players are affecting team selection. Kearney’s record as coach of the Kiwis is impressive. He won a World Cup in his first major international tournament in charge of the side and picked up two other major international championships since. But he has refused to select Roosters prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Dragons star Benji Marshall...
No-one has quite figured out what it is about State of Origin that makes it work – it just does. Not only do footy fans from NSW and Queensland act parochial to a sickening level during the middle of each year but the fever has caught on around the remaining Australian states, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and further afield. The Origin concept works for whatever reason but much of it has to do with the battle lines – there is a natural rivalry before a ball is kicked in anger. Much...
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