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Feeling Apathetic About the Internationals
Posted by southstander on October 20 2005 - 06:59:18

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I'm finding it very difficult to raise any interest, let alone excitement in the forthcoming international calender.

Saturday nights terrible anti-climax to the season has got me down in the dumps to such an extent that I can't even get worked up about Brain Noble's snub of the Rhinos squad in his GB selection.

I'm hoping that as the days wear on, and the start of GB's involvement in the tri-nations gets closer, that the interest will come flooding back.

I'm sure that my apathy isn't shared by the lads who have been asked to do a job by Noble and Harrisson. Eleven, or twelve if you count Peacock, Rhinos players have been selected for either GB or England, and they will be raring to go.

First up are England, who face France at Headingley this sunday afternoon. Mathers, unlucky to miss out on GB selection, lines up next to Calderwood, Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Danny Ward. Ryan Bailey was also selected but has withdrawn from the squad, which may leave the door ajar for Nick Scruton to be called in from 'standby'.

There are five Rhinos in Nobles GB squad, although how many of them will get a cap is a topic ripe for debate. Burrow will be delighted at his highly deserved call up, and Sinfield gets over last seasons disappointment by getting a positive phone call from Noble. These two are joined by Ellis, Senior and Chev Walker alongside new team-mate Jamie Peacock (current a doubt with a knee/testicular injury).

The most notable absentee from these two squads is Rhinos hooker Matt Diskin. Starts on the bench in the latter half of his comeback (from injury) season will not have helped his chances, but he will be disappointed that after picking up a serious injury in his GB debut, he won't be getting another chance this season. His omission from the England line-up is even more startling.

I have to say that I don't rate GB's chances, particularly with the number of injured players denied to Noble. Having said that, I never suspected that we'd beat the Aussies at cricket - so there is always a hope.

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