John G wrote:
Mint, Papua New Guinea is the 4th side, who don't have much hope, Kangaroo's have some players unavailable and the Kiwis have a fair squad, they have some of the form forwards in their pack, and if guys like Lance Hohaia, and Benji Marshall click, and Issac Luke around the ruck makes inroads they could make life difficult for the Kangaroo's.
England have a reasonable forward pack as well, with Sam Burgess and Gareth Ellis the two best back rowers in the world IMO, whether they have the strike power out wide remains to be seen.
As far as Williams goes for the all blacks i don't really care, i think most people are over him, i hope he gets hammered to be honest.
You're a true leaguie John! Or a Bulldogs supporter? Fair enough either way, what he did was a complete dog act.
Still, he remains the most talented league backrower I've ever seen (not saying he's the greatest or anything as he didn't play long enough, just the most talented), and is looking like becoming a force at inside centre in union as well. But yes, I would love to see him get smashed, preferrably by us in a world cup final next year on our way to victory. After the world cup I'd say there's a good chance he'll be back in league. He'd get huge money and I reckon he's the sort of guy that doesn't like being hated by so many people and will want to change peoples minds. That or he'll become a professional boxer under the tutelage of Mundine.
I'm surprised that the 4th team is PNG. Though I didn't realise the tournament was being played here as they usually have these end of year events in the UK. Maybe PNG will give the poms and kiwis a bit of a fight if they get to play either of them on a hot night in Brisbane.
Benji Marshall is all class. I wonder if he was Australian whether he'd be picked over Lockyer. I would do so, but for some reason I reckon the Australian selectors would play him off the bench. I still think Australia have to be a little off their game to lose to the kiwis. But as you say, they can definitely cause us big problems and have a lot of flair with Benji running the show.