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Wildcats Club Captain Named In Exiles Squad


Written by: Wakefield Wildcats Media
Apr 7, 2011 7:56am

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Captain Glenn Morrison has been named in the
inaugural Exiles squad, a team made up of the cream of overseas talent
drawn from the Engage Super League, to take on England in the first ever
‘International Origin Match' at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on Friday
June 10, kick off 8pm.

Former Leeds Rhinos and New Zealand coach Brian McClennan has been
appointed as the first ever coach of The Exiles and along with his
assistant, Castleford Tigers' head coach Terry Matterson, has named an
initial 34-man squad.

In a unique concept to British sport, the 34-strong squad will be
reduced to 22, in part by public selection. This will mark the first
time in UK sporting history that the public will actually be able to
choose a team, with fans having the chance to select 13 of the 22 squad
members to face England. The remaining nine selections will made by the
Exiles coaching staff.

New Zealand-born McClennan, who coached Leeds to two successive Engage
Super League Grand Final victories and the Kiwis to a famous Tri Nations
final victory over Australia in 2005, has appointed his captain and
vice captain and is also looking forward to being part of Rugby League's
latest venture.

“It is a great honour to be appointed as the first coach of the Exiles
team,” said McClennan. “I am also pleased to announce that I have
selected Leeds Rhinos' Australian hooker Danny Buderus as my captain and
Wigan Warriors and New Zealand international Thomas Leuluai as vice
captain.

“The International Origin Match is a fabulous concept for English Rugby
League. It is going to be a fantastic match featuring the best players
in the Engage Super League. The RFL should be applauded for showing
great ingenuity by creating such a marquee fixture between England and
The Exiles.

“The match will serve as perfect preparation ahead of this autumn's Four
Nations tournament, when we hope England will be a match for current
holders New Zealand and old adversaries Australia.”

Glenn Morrison added: “I'm really pleased to have been included in the
squad. I think the game is a great concept and I know a lot of the
Aussies and Kiwis were really excited about the match and were hoping to
get picked. I'm delighted to have been named in the squad and really
hope I get a chance to play.”

From today, fans can log on to www.internationalorigin.com
and select their ideal 13 to take on England. Supporters can only pick a
maximum of three players from any club. The voting process will remain
open until midnight (BST) on Thursday April 21 2011.

Fans making their selection will also receive a discount voucher entitling them to 5 pounds off an adult match ticket.

“We are not afraid to try new initiatives in Rugby League and this
unique concept will get the fans closer to the action,” said the RFL's
Chief Executive Nigel Wood.

“Rugby League fans are passionate about their sport and there's plenty
of knowledge out there to pick a great team to face England. “The
International Origin Match is long overdue. I am particularly looking
forward to seeing the internal club rivalry come to the fore when
team-mates at clubs will go head-to-head against each other on the
pitch. I have no doubt that the fans and the sport's stakeholders will
welcome this new concept to Rugby League, which I'm sure will come part
of the sporting calendar for years to come.”

Today's announcement comes on the back of a four-week ‘teaser campaign'
which has seen the arrival of The Exiles heralded with brooding imagery
featuring mysterious hooded figures and the slogan ‘They're Coming'. The
campaign concluded earlier this week with England players Kevin
Sinfield and Sean O'Loughlin fronting posters beneath the words ‘We're
Waiting.'

Details of the full 34-man Exiles squad are below:

Danny Buderus (captain) (Leeds Rhinos & Australia), Thomas Leuluai
(vice captain) (Wigan Warriors & New Zealand), Louis Anderson
(Warrington Wolves & New Zealand), George Carmont (Wigan Warriors
& New Zealand), Ray Cashmere (Salford City Reds & Australia),
Rangi Chase (Castleford Tigers & New Zealand), David Fa'alogo
(Huddersfield Giants & New Zealand), David Faiumu (Huddersfield
Giants & New Zealand), Brett Finch (Wigan Warriors & Australia),
Craig Fitzgibbon (Hull FC & Australia), Ben Galea (Hull KR &
Australia), Brett Hodgson (Warrington Wolves & Australia), Ryan
Hoffman (Wigan Warriors & Australia), David Howell (Harlequins RL
& Australia), Brett Kearney (Bradford Bulls & Australia), Matt
King (Warrington Wolves & Australia), Kylie Leuluai (Leeds Rhinos
& New Zealand), Jeff Lima (Wigan Warriors & New Zealand), Willie
Mason (Hull KR & Australia), Francis Meli (St Helens & New
Zealand), Steve Menzies (Catalan Dragons & Australia), Joel Monaghan
(Warrington Wolves & Australia), Michael Monaghan (Warrington
Wolves & Australia), Glenn Morrison (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
& Australia), Clint Newton (Hull KR & Australia), Luke O'Donnell
(Huddersfield Giants & Australia), Mark O'Meley (Hull FC &
Australia), Tony Puletua (St Helens & New Zealand), Pat Richards
(Wigan Warriors & Australia), Amos Roberts (Wigan Warriors &
Australia), Jarrod Sammut (Crusaders & Australia), Iosia Soliola (St
Helens & New Zealand), Michael Vella (Hull KR & Australia),
Brent Webb (Leeds Rhinos & New Zealand).
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Excellent Idea imho. It's a pretty quality field there.

This is the starting thirteen in the early hours of voting.


1. brent webb
2. j.monaghan
3. m. king
4. g. carmont
5. p. richards
6. r. chase
7. t. leuluai
8. w.mason
9. d buderus
10 m. o'meley
11. c. fitzgibbon
12. s.menzies
13 . L. o'donnell

That was realistically prob the starting forward pack for NSW 4-5 odd years ago. and the backline is decent as well with Man of Steel 2010 Winner Pat Richards, Brent Webb who would still be NZ's Fullback now. Georgey Carmont has played very well over the past couple of years and has really hit his stride in England, obviously Joel Monaghan who is still very capable blinded by a recent incident and Matt King who's played in big matches before with Melbourne, NSW & Australia.

I am reading Souths won't release Burgess for this clash. So that's one strike player they may not have available to them'

Voting is here:
http://www.internationalorigin.com

Only three players max per team


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1. Brent Webb
2. Joel Monaghan
3. Matt King
4. Iosia Soliola
5. Pat Richards
6. Brett Finch
7. Thomas Leuluai [vc]
8. Tony Puletua
9. Danny Buderus [c]
10. Willie Mason
11. Steve Menzies
12. Craig Fitzgibbon
13. Luke O'Donnell

Guessing reserves are picked by the voting counts.
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Great idea!
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STAND OFF
RANGI CHASE 86%
BRETT FINCH 14%

Wow
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And Fitzgibbon is selected twice if Voting was closed now.
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Yeah I noticed that as well Laughing

Anyways heres what I picked

1. Brett Hodgson
2. Joel Monoghan
3. Matt King
4. George Carmont
5. Pat Richards
6. Brett Finch
7. Thom Leuluai
8. Tony Puletua
9. Danny Buderus
10. Willie Mason
11. Luke O'Donnell
12. Steve Menzies
13. Glenn Morrison
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I went with...

1. Webb
2. Meli
3. King
4. Carmont
5. Richards
6. Chase
7. Leuluai
8. Puletua
9. Buderus (C)
10. Mason
11. Menzies
12. Fitzgibbon
13. O'Donnell

I hope they pick that backrow instead of picking Newton if Fitzy gets picked twice.
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