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PostSubject: Heighington to play for England    Heighington to play for England  Icon_minitimeFri Jul 16, 2010 6:48 am

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/chris-heighington-to-play-for-england/story-e6frexnr-1225892385222

CHRIS Heighington looks set to finally pledge his allegiance to England and hopes to speak with new coach Steve McNamara in coming weeks about the move.

Heighington was overlooked for Origin duty this year after solid form for the Tigers and believes if he is ever going to reach the world stage, it will be with the Mother Country - not the Kangaroos.

The hard-working 27-year-old could even find himself playing for England against Australia in the Four Nations at the end of the season, alongside Tigers teammates Gareth Ellis and potentially Mark Flanagan.

Heighington, whose father Tom lived in England until his 20s, was reluctant to discuss the England move last night.

But he did admit Wests Tigers and Australian coach Tim Sheens had initially put the idea in his head.

"Tim brought it up at the end of last year and said he didn't want me going through my whole career without representing at the highest level," Heighington said.


"I agreed at the time, went back to my family and friends and discussed it and they were all happy with the possible move. If the Australian coach is pushing you to play for another country, it's obvious it would be hard to make it in the Australian team. Plus there are a lot of good back-rowers in the Queensland and NSW sides. There are a lot of good players in the England side, so I'm keen to speak with the coach in the coming weeks and see if he's interested and if I'd be a chance of being in the mix for the Four Nations."

Heighington has again been one of the NRL's unsung heroes and continues to power through a mountain of work for the high-flying Tigers. Such is his dedication that Tigers staffers continue to bring up the story of how Heighington one day caught a ferry, bus and train to training when the F3 freeway between the Central Coast and Sydney was closed due to bushfires.

Heighington said he had spoken with Ellis and Flanagan, who were keen to see him join the Poms.

He said to turn his back on Australia - and the chance to play Origin - was tough, but a luxury not afforded to a lot of foreigners.

"I'm sure Gareth would love to play Origin, it's the pinnacle of rugby league," Heighington said.

"But all I can do now is play well for the Tigers and hopefully the representative stuff takes care of itself."

Ellis said he would not be back for Monday's Cowboys match but hoped to return next weekend against Manly from a groin injury.

That sucks he should of played origin this yr. now the tigers have 3 poms, could James graham be next ??
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PostSubject: Re: Heighington to play for England    Heighington to play for England  Icon_minitimeFri Jul 16, 2010 7:10 am

The Bastard!

Maybe if he didn't make crucial errors he would have been a Blue. Cause he's a machine thats for sure.
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PostSubject: Re: Heighington to play for England    Heighington to play for England  Icon_minitimeFri Jul 16, 2010 7:15 am

He should have played for the Blues in game 3
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PostSubject: Re: Heighington to play for England    Heighington to play for England  Icon_minitimeFri Jul 16, 2010 7:21 am

NSW selectors are hiding under a rock now. He should have been selected in at least 1 Origin game this year.

Players get frustrated if they are constantly snubbed from Rep footy which sees them pledging thier allegiance to another country they have links with. I guess now he will be playing for England against Australia in the Four Nations.
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PostSubject: Re: Heighington to play for England    Heighington to play for England  Icon_minitimeFri Jul 16, 2010 7:32 am

Fair enough. He's been getting skipped over so much where he knows he is just on the wrong side of NSW selectors. I hope he gets recognised and is selected by England, he deserves it.
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PostSubject: Re: Heighington to play for England    Heighington to play for England  Icon_minitimeFri Jul 16, 2010 7:41 am

What a prick... He has been in pretty decent form this year, good enough to play for NSW, but he got overlooked so he gets the shits and decides he wants to play for England now? It's not as if he has been completely dominating for seasons for christ sake.
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PostSubject: Re: Heighington to play for England    Heighington to play for England  Icon_minitimeFri Jul 16, 2010 7:48 am

Really deserved to be selected for Origin, at least on the bench, no idea what the selectors were thinking.
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PostSubject: Re: Heighington to play for England    Heighington to play for England  Icon_minitimeFri Jul 16, 2010 8:06 am

James wrote:
What a prick... He has been in pretty decent form this year, good enough to play for NSW, but he got overlooked so he gets the shits and decides he wants to play for England now? It's not as if he has been completely dominating for seasons for christ sake.

How is he a prick. Heighington has busted his guts to play Origin and the selectors don't pick him for some unknown reason. Heighington wants to play rep footy and his only chance is to play for England. Even Australian coach Tim Sheens told him that it might be a good idea to play for the Poms as he doesn't think he will be given a crack to play for Australia..or the Blues.
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PostSubject: Re: Heighington to play for England    Heighington to play for England  Icon_minitimeFri Jul 16, 2010 9:52 am

Well if he goes, there goes his chance of playing Origin. A shame but it is his decision.
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PostSubject: Re: Heighington to play for England    Heighington to play for England  Icon_minitimeFri Jul 16, 2010 10:43 am

James wrote:
What a prick... He has been in pretty decent form this year, good enough to play for NSW, but he got overlooked so he gets the shits and decides he wants to play for England now? It's not as if he has been completely dominating for seasons for christ sake.

I very much doubt that is the reasoning for his decision. There was an article about Heighington being eligible for England before the origin series even began and it's certainly been on his mind alot longer then a few weeks.
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PostSubject: Re: Heighington to play for England    Heighington to play for England  Icon_minitimeSat Jul 17, 2010 2:02 pm

Good on him.
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PostSubject: Re: Heighington to play for England    Heighington to play for England  Icon_minitimeSun Jul 18, 2010 4:53 am

Wasn't hard to see this coming, and you can't blame him for it he's just taking the opportunity whilst its there.

Is it too much to say that a backrow of Ellis, Burgess and Heighington/O'Loughlin is equal or better than to what Australia will have at the 4N?
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PostSubject: Re: Heighington to play for England    Heighington to play for England  Icon_minitimeSun Jul 18, 2010 5:14 am

Aussie could put together 4 back rows better than that one.

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PostSubject: Re: Heighington to play for England    Heighington to play for England  Icon_minitimeSun Jul 18, 2010 8:18 am

Hendo Maroon wrote:
Aussie could put together 4 back rows better than that one.

Correct. Chris had no choice anyway.
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