So whats the status on Tamou,Taumalolo and Kasiano...I know Kemp went to Aussie to lock these guys in. havent heard anything though,still conflicting reports
He's a smart young fulla,good to see him pledge his future to the black jersey.I think I read something that Kemp has gotten Taumalolo to sign some sort of a declaration ?
He's a smart young fulla,good to see him pledge his future to the black jersey.
Giant Bulldogs prop Sam Kasiano looms as a possible bolter for the Kiwis' Anzac test squad
But the New Zealand Rugby League will have to convince him to turn his back on Queensland's State of Origin selectors first.
Kasiano, 21, was born in Auckland and is one of the form props in the NRL.
He was selected to play for the Junior Kiwis in 2010 but was forced to withdraw due to injury.
His form this year has seen him storm into contention for the Anzac test but reports in Australia suggest Queensland have already won the race to secure his allegiance.
NZRL general manager of high performance Tony Kemp spent last week across the ditch meeting with prospective Kiwis to confirm their interest in playing in the Anzac test.
He admitted he didn't have time to meet with Kasiano but said he was still being considered by the New Zealand selectors.
"I didn't get a chance to catch up with Sam but I intend to catch up with him when I'm next over there," Kemp said.
"He was picked in the Junior Kiwis in 2010 but had to pull out due to injury.
"I think he's being talked to from Queensland and we haven't had a chance to chat with him.
"He hasn't recently signalled his intentions but he has in the past.
"For us, it's about getting in front of him and he's definitely in the frame for the Anzac test."
During the course of his trip, Kemp flew to North Queensland to meet with Cowboys stars James Tamou and Jason Taumalolo.
Palmerston North-born Tamou found himself in the news during the week after it emerged he had opted to make himself available for New South Wales.
Kemp described Tamou as "a confused Kiwi" but said the NZRL had no intention of turning its back on him.
"I think every half decent front-rower – and James is one of them – is in Ricky Stuart's plans," Kemp said.
"They've used 26 front-rowers and back-rowers in the last six years and what's to say that James isn't the 27th and then spat out again?
"What I've said to James is that he's been in our pathway as a Junior Kiwi and a New Zealand Maori player and is now a senior player being considered for the Anzac test.
"He needs to understand, too, that our pathways are going to lead to our own origin concept, which starts next year.
"James said to me – `I wish I had known all of this before I said I'd play for New South Wales'.
"At the moment, he's in two minds again. He's very confused but my role is only to put a case in front of him.
"Just because James has said he wants to play for Australia doesn't mean he can't play for New Zealand.
Im quite liking the work kemp is putting in, i think alot of kids like taumalolo wanna play for the kiwis its just that they need confirmation from the kiwis themselves and the reassurance of the pathway through the kiwis. he seemed to have taken on the role really well.
Tamou could end up faces the Kiwis in the Anzac test
I think I read something that Kemp has gotten Taumalolo to sign some sort of a declaration ?