Monday, 17 October 2011
Your Destiny Awaits You
Kevin Sinfield is very under rated as both a player and a leader but he is a four time Grand Final winning captain including the recent remarkable, never achieved before, feat of winning from fifth. History will be kind to him
He has never really performed at international level but then again he has never really been given the opportunity. Kevin has been picked on numerous occasions but always out of position with other lesser players in charge. Injuries to rivals such as Kieran O'Loughlin could present him and us with an opportunity
Now is your chance Kevin, step forward and meet your destiny. The glory will far exceed anything achieved domestically
Injuries and absences might mean that NZ and Australia might possibly be weaker but we have said that before. England too have their fair share of injuries too and the absence of Burgess, Lomax, Atkins, Bridge, Crabtree, O'Loughlin, Joel Tomkins, Shenton and especially Grand Final star Burrow, will be a handicap.
It saddens me that of most of these injured players were fit enough to play for their clubs in the plays off. I appreciate that it is a long season, we play far too many games and the players are tired but surely internationals should be prioritised.
We can call upon NRL products Jack Reed, Gareth Widdop, Chris Heighrington plus recent convert Rangi Chase and the need to do this reflects badly on SL and the scarcity of players good enough to play. However, international travel has changed the nature of international sport and other teams are full of ex-pats especially the England RU team and the England Cricket team. Among the biggest culprits are the NZ RL and Australian RL teams who regularly select players with a Pacific Isles background and deliberately insist the eligibility rules remain ambiguous so they can.
Australians will not complain if Akuila Uate scores for them so we should not complain either if Jack Reid or Rangi Chase score for us
With the number of overseas players playing in the Premiership I predict that the England soccer team will soon be forced to pick players on residency grounds too