General RLWC 2021 Kiwis Team

I thought with taumalolo he was just a bit too old when he moved over to qualify.
He seemed to be leaning towards Qld then they brought in the criteria u had to be in Australia before your 14th birthday or something? Don’t think his heart was ever really in the kiwi jumper.
Sounds like talakai was leaning towards nz but that would rule him out of origin so no way he picks us now.
Origin really farks us since we’re the only ones excluded (yeah the poms too but how many of them move to Australia as kids?). It’s pretty much everyone’s eligible unless u align yourself with nz so for young guys with a choice to make it’s a pretty easy one now.
Absolutely huge disadvantage to the Kiwis now that the Tongans can beat us and still qualify for origin. The tier system's done what it was supposed to in strengthening the island teams but it's fucked the Kiwis pathways while we're shut out of SoO paydays and a third of the entire comp is ineligible. Dunno what the answer is unless they let the NZ team join origin, can't see that happening in the near future though.
 
Absolutely huge disadvantage to the Kiwis now that the Tongans can beat us and still qualify for origin. The tier system's done what it was supposed to in strengthening the island teams but it's fucked the Kiwis pathways while we're shut out of SoO paydays and a third of the entire comp is ineligible. Dunno what the answer is unless they let the NZ team join origin, can't see that happening in the near future though.
dont have tier nations .... you pick a team you stick with it ....
 

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Give it a few years time and it will include NZ, there are still a few diehards out there who are dead against it. NSW seem more in favour of opening it up than Qld. Just a matter of time, even the heads of the NRL have expressed that as well.
 
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Absolutely huge disadvantage to the Kiwis now that the Tongans can beat us and still qualify for origin. The tier system's done what it was supposed to in strengthening the island teams but it's fucked the Kiwis pathways while we're shut out of SoO paydays and a third of the entire comp is ineligible. Dunno what the answer is unless they let the NZ team join origin, can't see that happening in the near future though.
All it’s done is take NZ out of Aus way. Players play origin Aus gets first crack at them, if not they have plenty more to choose from, just takes away the NZ option.
 
Does Niukore lose his spot at Centre to Kris or CNK? Penisini skinned him in the Tongan test & his lack of lateral speed got exposed a couple of times in the playoffs. I think he'll end up playing in #17
 
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