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Smorgasbord
Jun 18, 2004

HEY
HEY
YORICK
HEY

GET THAT SHIT HORATIO

bowmore posted:

signings for next year looking solid



and apparently we are swapping Trent Hodkinson for a current English Rep Forward, not sure who

I suppose beggars can't be choosers but that sponsor's logo really clashes with the jersey. Also Guerra and Lillyman suck but overall Newcastle have recruited pretty well. A lot will depend on Brock Lamb's development but I see a big improvement there for 2018.

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bowmore
Oct 6, 2008



THE! SUN! IS! OUT!


Lipstick Apathy

I disagree that Guerra sucks

iajanus
Aug 17, 2004

That's a nice team.
It'll be a shame if something happened to it.

Team Anasta


bowmore posted:

I disagree, Guerra sucks

fixed for my opinion

bowmore
Oct 6, 2008



THE! SUN! IS! OUT!


Lipstick Apathy

You guys are rude

iajanus
Aug 17, 2004

That's a nice team.
It'll be a shame if something happened to it.

Team Anasta


Me? Rude?

I take offence at that.

Now let me get back to writing next year's OP and working out how many times I can slip the word stinkyhole into the Storm and Roosters' sections.

bowmore
Oct 6, 2008



THE! SUN! IS! OUT!


Lipstick Apathy

fair enough

Smorgasbord
Jun 18, 2004

HEY
HEY
YORICK
HEY

GET THAT SHIT HORATIO

Mata'utia & Fitzgibbon are better players already with heaps of improvement to come, Guerra is completely unneccessary.

bowmore
Oct 6, 2008



THE! SUN! IS! OUT!


Lipstick Apathy

Smorgasbord posted:

Mata'utia & Fitzgibbon are better players already with heaps of improvement to come, Guerra is completely unneccessary.
I don't disagree, I think Guerra will in at lock with Barnett moving to the middle

We have Buhrer to put somewhere as well...

Puckish Rogue
Jun 24, 2010



iajanus posted:

Me? Rude?

I take offence at that.

Now let me get back to writing next year's OP and working out how many times I can slip the word stinkyhole into the Storm section.

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Burn Down Canberra
Oct 27, 2005

GAME PLANS? We don't need no stinking game plans.



iajanus posted:

Me? Rude?

I take offence at that.

Now let me get back to writing next year's OP and working out how many times I can slip the word stinkyhole into the Storm and Roosters' sections.

Those are good teams filled with good lads unlike the lousy raiders, tigers, warriors and knights who are shameful disappointments like a 35 year old failson who just cant hold down a job

MiniSune
Sep 16, 2003

Smart like Dodo!

Id rather an exciting world cup with good teams and close games, instead of the 90 point floggings handed out in say the rugby world cup where more stringent eligibility rules are enforced.

Plus its Rugby League. Its always been about style over substance to get the punters in. That is why it is popular. The violence, sexual and animal abuse is just a bonus.

cpaf
Jan 22, 2009



Guerra and Lillyman are definitely past it but they add a lot of big game experience to a team lacking it completely, and are great pickups for the Knights imo

Even if Guerra comes off the bench as a ball playing lock to spell Barnett he will be valuable

Smorgasbord
Jun 18, 2004

HEY
HEY
YORICK
HEY

GET THAT SHIT HORATIO

cpaf posted:

Guerra and Lillyman are definitely past it but they add a lot of big game experience to a team lacking it completely, and are great pickups for the Knights imo

Even if Guerra comes off the bench as a ball playing lock to spell Barnett he will be valuable

Nah they both suck.

bowmore
Oct 6, 2008



THE! SUN! IS! OUT!


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cpaf posted:

Guerra and Lillyman are definitely past it but they add a lot of big game experience to a team lacking it completely, and are great pickups for the Knights imo

Even if Guerra comes off the bench as a ball playing lock to spell Barnett he will be valuable
Thanks for being supportive <3

Kaglicious
Mar 31, 2011


LEEDS RHINOS BITCHES

bowmore
Oct 6, 2008



THE! SUN! IS! OUT!


Lipstick Apathy

We signed another old bull

He should be good to help the young guns that are up and coming

iajanus
Aug 17, 2004

That's a nice team.
It'll be a shame if something happened to it.

Team Anasta


So after three years of getting the spoon with a very young team, Newcastle is bravely seeing if they can get a fourth spoon with an old and washed up team. An exciting strategy.

(actually I kind of like the way the recruitment is going and think they'll be around 11-12th next year but I kind of need someone to be lower than us on the ladder and NK are the easiest targets)

Fanatic
Mar 9, 2006



MiniSune posted:

Id rather an exciting world cup with good teams and close games, instead of the 90 point floggings handed out in say the rugby world cup where more stringent eligibility rules are enforced.

Yeah, I don't get why people are so offended that some players are choosing to play for minnow island teams over Aus/NZ.

Spoiler: the grand final will be Aus v NZ regardless.

iajanus
Aug 17, 2004

That's a nice team.
It'll be a shame if something happened to it.

Team Anasta


Fanatic posted:

Yeah, I don't get why people are so offended that some players are choosing to play for minnow island teams over Aus/NZ.

Spoiler: the grand final will be Aus v NZ regardless.

occasionally NZ poo poo the bed against England

Smorgasbord
Jun 18, 2004

HEY
HEY
YORICK
HEY

GET THAT SHIT HORATIO

Fanatic posted:

Yeah, I don't get why people are so offended that some players are choosing to play for minnow island teams over Aus/NZ.

Spoiler: the grand final will be Aus v NZ regardless.

In NZ I don't get the feeling anyone is particularly upset by Taumalolo's choice in itself, how and when it was done and (not) communicated to the Kiwis is really poor though.

iajanus
Aug 17, 2004

That's a nice team.
It'll be a shame if something happened to it.

Team Anasta


Not sure how I feel with Heighington going to the Knights for a year.

bowmore
Oct 6, 2008



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iajanus posted:

Not sure how I feel with Heighington going to the Knights for a year.
I feel ok about it

Jono C
Mar 28, 2007

I'm Tom Waterhouse, and I'm sponsoring this poster in the Something Awful 2013 NRL thread.

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I'm a precious snowflake, dammit.


iajanus posted:

occasionally NZ poo poo the bed against England

Our squad is pretty thin. In addition to Taumalolo, Fusitua and Taukeiaho probably would have made the squad. Foran and Tohu Harris are out injured and Bromwich and Proctor are suspended for partying too hard after the Anzac test. We'd be doing well to make the final.

Smorgasbord posted:

In NZ I don't get the feeling anyone is particularly upset by Taumalolo's choice in itself, how and when it was done and (not) communicated to the Kiwis is really poor though.

Yeah. The two responses I'm seeing are "yay Tonga" and "gently caress Kidwell".

Puckish Rogue
Jun 24, 2010



iajanus posted:

occasionally NZ poo poo the bed against England

this isn't that occasion

ili
Jul 26, 2003

Oh god what if people figure out it's not Raptorfag doing this! My poker face is terrible!


I wouldn't be surprised to see an Aus v England final. I'd be pretty fucken astonished if Aus lose a single match.

iajanus
Aug 17, 2004

That's a nice team.
It'll be a shame if something happened to it.

Team Anasta


I've got tickets to the semi and final in Brisbane and I'd be pretty surprised not to see two Australian victories. Only way I can imagine it not happening is if Australia play in the other semi final.

MiniSune
Sep 16, 2003

Smart like Dodo!

ili posted:

I wouldn't be surprised to see an Aus v England final. I'd be pretty fucken astonished if Aus lose a single match.

Every time England RL is in something Tri-nations or World Cup I predict they will do surprisingly well.

Every time they are poo poo.

Therefore they will be poo poo and barely win their games, maybe even a shock loss, before losing to NZ or Aus.

cpaf
Jan 22, 2009



I don't think the power/tier dynamic will deviate from the expected, and I don't think Samoa/Tonga will really accomplish anything outside of potentially humiliating NZ, but the minnow games are imo going to be much, much more interesting and of higher quality this year.

I also think Italy are going to be a bit of a dark horse

Fanatic
Mar 9, 2006



I have access to free tickets for Aus v Lebanon and England v Lebanon but I don't know if I can be bothered watching 50-0 drubbings. I went to Aus v Fiji with free tickets the last time around and it was a bit sad.

Although it was funny seeing the whole stadium cheer when Fiji finally scored their one try though when there was hardly a murmur when Aus scored any of their dozen lol.

Vagabundo
Mar 20, 2007

SWING LOW
SWEET CHARIOT


cpaf posted:

I don't think the power/tier dynamic will deviate from the expected, and I don't think Samoa/Tonga will really accomplish anything outside of potentially humiliating NZ, but the minnow games are imo going to be much, much more interesting and of higher quality this year.

I also think Italy are going to be a bit of a dark horse

I'll just be happy if Tonga progress further than New Zealand, so that the NZRL gets rid of David Kidwell.

cpaf
Jan 22, 2009



Fanatic posted:

I have access to free tickets for Aus v Lebanon and England v Lebanon but I don't know if I can be bothered watching 50-0 drubbings. I went to Aus v Fiji with free tickets the last time around and it was a bit sad.

Although it was funny seeing the whole stadium cheer when Fiji finally scored their one try though when there was hardly a murmur when Aus scored any of their dozen lol.

The games should be less one-sided now with the changes in eligibility rules, Lebanon actually have one of the best spines in the world (lol) now with Farah/Moses/Lichaa and might actually make a showing against England.

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Puckish Rogue
Jun 24, 2010



Losing to Lebanon is going to both be hilarious and suck.

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