ESL England - Lions, Tests, 4 Nations etc

moto748

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Goal-kicker is a poser, though. I just don't think Matty Smith's goal-kicking is quite good enough. He is not a natural kicker, but has been press-ganged into the role for Wigan after Pat Richards left (at one time, Josh Charnley was #2 kicker at Wigan, but he doesn't seem to kick any more). He has worked hard at it, and is better than at the start of the season, but is only kicking at 70% success. I don't think that's really good enough (I do like him as a half in general play, though). For comparison:

Sneyd: 77%
Brough: 76%
Sinfield: 78%

Saying all that, I haven't checked, but I don't think Cam Smith's goal-kicking record is all that this season. Who is the Kiwi's kicker?
 

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Also, very pleased to read that the Kiwis will be here next year. Looking forward to some terrific encounters; after all, what a thriller that World Cup semi-final was!

Needless to say, I shall be there. :D
 

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Under the roof? I hope the pitch won't be sticky. I'll certainly be seeing the Kiwis in England next year.

England/NZ was the game of the tournament in the World Cup, I reckon.
 
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Under the roof? I hope the pitch won't be sticky. I'll certainly be seeing the Kiwis in England next year.

England/NZ was the game of the tournament in the World Cup, I reckon.

Probably - not quite Oz standard - but good ... ;)
 

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Last games I saw, Mount Smart compared to the DW Stadium in Wigan was like a cabbage patch to a bowling green... :p
 

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Ireland's Joe Philbin, Scotland's Lachlan Coote and Wales' Morgan Knowles have been named in the Great Britain Elite Performance squad.

England Knights winger Ash Handley and uncapped Salford forward Josh Jones have also been included.

Coach Wayne Bennett selected 29 from the home nations-qualified players across 12 Super League clubs.

The squad will be reduced to 25, and also include Australia-based players, ahead of the Lions tour next month.

Twenty of the players selected have been drafted in from the England EPS, which has run in tandem with GB throughout the 2019 season.

Great Britain have four autumn Tests coming up, which will all be screened live by BBC Sport, with extended highlights shown later each day.

Test dates
  • Tonga v Great Britain (Hamilton, NZ) - Saturday, 26 October
  • New Zealand v Great Britain (Auckland, NZ) - Saturday, 2 November
  • New Zealand v Great Britain (Christchurch, NZ) - Saturday, 9 November
  • Papua New Guinea v Great Britain (Port Moresby, PNG) - Saturday, 16 November
 

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Ireland's Joe Philbin, Scotland's Lachlan Coote and Wales' Morgan Knowles have been named in the Great Britain Elite Performance squad.

England Knights winger Ash Handley and uncapped Salford forward Josh Jones have also been included.

Coach Wayne Bennett selected 29 from the home nations-qualified players across 12 Super League clubs.

The squad will be reduced to 25, and also include Australia-based players, ahead of the Lions tour next month.

Twenty of the players selected have been drafted in from the England EPS, which has run in tandem with GB throughout the 2019 season.

Great Britain have four autumn Tests coming up, which will all be screened live by BBC Sport, with extended highlights shown later each day.

Test dates
  • Tonga v Great Britain (Hamilton, NZ) - Saturday, 26 October
  • New Zealand v Great Britain (Auckland, NZ) - Saturday, 2 November
  • New Zealand v Great Britain (Christchurch, NZ) - Saturday, 9 November
  • Papua New Guinea v Great Britain (Port Moresby, PNG) - Saturday, 16 November
Pity we don't play them. The mighty Lions.