I said it tongue-in-cheek as Norway aren't in the World Cup. Surprisingly though they do have a national competition and their international team competes in a Nordic cup.
I was tongue check too, all good. Does not surprise me there are a large number of countries that play league that are not at the World Cup. Argentina, South Africa to name a few and probably many European countries too.
 
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This is from bloke in a bar (denan kemp).


Watching Storm dismantle the Broncos, Eels the Dogs & Roosters the Tigers I couldn't help but notice the amount of Kiwis playing a key role in each victory.
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Hughes broke me wee little heart in one of the best individual tries you'll see.
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Cheesus blessed Suncorp stadium with his brutal explosiveness.
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NAS’s form for the Storm has been destructive.
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Brown was cool as a cucumber in one of the best games of his career against the Dogs.
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Manu ran for 225 metres & had 11 Tackle Breaks in the Rooster's record-breaking performance.
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Tapine is arguably the form forward in the comp.
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Fisher-Harris & Leota are the current reigning premiership front row.
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We've had some all-time greats play for the Kiwis over the years but I can't remember a time when so many NZers were all in career-best form, dominating the comp, at the same time.
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Although we've seen some impressive Kiwi squads over the years. I'd argue the Kiwi side is one of the strongest sides on paper I've ever seen.
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That Kiwi mana is going to be a force to be reckoned with in the World Cup & I can't wait for it. 💯 // #blokeinabar
 

playdaball

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I'm not sure where this story fits in but this from Chris Rattue, NZ Herald this morning. A mix of Kiwis and Warriors.



Chris Rattue runs through the winners and losers from the sporting weekend.

WINNER: The Kiwi rugby league revolution and World Cup prospects​

Yet another Warriors' disaster barely made a headline, after they threw in the towel against the Cowboys.

It has been all over bar the shouting for our NRL stragglers, since about 2012.

Is there really much point to the existence of this shambles of a sports club anymore?

Who knows? Maybe there is a miracle waiting around the corner, standing next to the bloke handing out gold ingots to passersby.

Let's hang on to hope.



The Warriors do have five amazing qualities: the ability to make a headline, the ability to score a surprise win every couple of months, the ability to draw a crowd way beyond what is deserved, the ability to design new jerseys, and I can't think of the other one.


They are a one step forward, one giant leap backwards deal.

They don't even go down with a fight anymore, lacking the pizzazz a Kiwi rugby league team should hold dear.

Watch some of those old games and boy, the Warriors of old could weave magic. Now they just do hit-ups and stuff-ups.

The Warriors have become a sort of Gold Coast Titans-Plus or Newcastle Knights-Lite, which is not a compliment.

It leaves their fans claiming it will all come right next year when (fill in the blank) arrives, like the smoker who always has one more fag before giving up.

And yet an amazing Kiwi rugby league revolution is actually taking place.

Maybe we should be grateful that the Auckland NRL club is incapable of securing the finest talent from within this country, or quickly loses it when it does.

Instead, the best players end up at clubs like the Storm, Roosters and Panthers, where they really are the stars of "our game", as leaguies like to call rugby league.


A case in point: Brandon Smith, Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Kenny Bromwich and Jahrome Hughes led Melbourne's amazing demolition job on Brisbane during the latest round.

This also means the national team is in amazing shape.

Kiwi coach Michael Maguire will have, in my estimation, the finest Kiwi squad ever assembled for this year's World Cup because of the overall quality and depth.

Ironically, even the departure of Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has strengthened the Kiwis in a way, because it has enabled Joseph Manu to emerge as the No 1 fullback option.

From the glimpses we have seen of Roosters centre Manu in the middle of the field this year, he is an attacking class above RTS.

Manu is a potential New Zealand rugby league legend in the making, to one day stand alongside characters such as Mark Graham, Sonny Bill Williams and Stacey Jones.

Speaking of Jones, the interim Warriors coach sounds as if he's had enough of the job already, labelling an incredible number of players - eight or nine - as layabouts (my word) in the Cowboys defeat.

I'm guessing Jones's favourite word right now is "interim". Next year, he can take shelter again behind Andrew Webster, a former Warriors staffer who has come back for more as the latest head-coaching fall guy.

I ran a poll of league luminaries a few years ago in which Jones came out on top as the greatest of all Warriors. And he certainly was.

What a player, with a genuine superstar factor. Stacey Jones still is a household name, a Kiwi sports great.

But even then, the Little Magic Man was a pretty awful defender.

It sums the Warriors up. There's almost always a significant hole somewhere.

 

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Did I hear that Sky does not have rights to the RLWC with Spark securing the tournament?

I hope not. If its like the cricket I dont even folloow it now that I cant watch it on Sky.
 
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Is Spark Sport that much worse than Sky? Obviously the stuff they have to watch isn't the same but if all you watch is League and NFL like myself, would it be all that bad? I've only ever used Sky Sport Now and haven't much about Spark..

I have (stupidly) been paying month by month for Sky this year so I am fine to cancel by sub for a few months for the World Cup, I will be pissed however if the Spark Sports app is f**ked to use.
 
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Is Spark Sport that much worse than Sky? Obviously the stuff they have to watch isn't the same but if all you watch is League and NFL like myself, would it be all that bad? I've only ever used Sky Sport Now and haven't much about Spark..

I have (stupidly) been paying month by month for Sky this year so I am fine to cancel by sub for a few months for the World Cup, I will be pissed however if the Spark Sports app is f**ked to use.
When I tried it to watch the cricket wc it was crap, lagging and freezing every 5 mins. Others had no prob with it apparently, maybe it's better now they've sorted their servers out. Kayo is a superior platform for similar $ imo, never had a prob with it.
 

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Is Spark Sport that much worse than Sky? Obviously the stuff they have to watch isn't the same but if all you watch is League and NFL like myself, would it be all that bad? I've only ever used Sky Sport Now and haven't much about Spark..

I have (stupidly) been paying month by month for Sky this year so I am fine to cancel by sub for a few months for the World Cup, I will be pissed however if the Spark Sports app is f**ked to use.
By all accounts the Spark streaming service is much better than Sky's two streaming offerings (SkyGo and Sky Sport Now) - I guess the issue for a many is paying two subscriptions.