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  • #16
    Originally posted by HEGtheROOSTER View Post
    I see Ryan Hall named in the World Club Challenge squad.

    His recovery must be very advanced, because I didnít expect to see him in contention for even the start of the NRL season....
    PR work and a free trip home. Not playing.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by QWERTY View Post

      Most of the English backs who try their hand at the nrl are usually quite young and inexperienced. Ryan Hall has played many international games for England, won gfs over there, has 300+ games, and seems level headed. He probably has the best chance of breaking the curse with our team, and I hope he does because I see a lot of potential in him.
      To be fair, Sam Tomkins (ironically the same name as a total bong head I went to uni with who looks pretty similar too... probably plays about as good too as he was a fit surfie from the gong) had won 3 SL premierships and played ~200 games before going to New Zulland. IMO his biggest issue is that they sold him as being a $1M a year 'Billy Slater' clone, which he was not.

      What Hall's got going for him is that he's set realistic expectations. For example in an interview he made it clear he was shadowing and LEARNING FROM Bernard Lewis. To me this attitude's gonna earn him a lot of respect because he's just chillng with the squad and learning from them with no expectation of playing NRL (i.e. no sense of entitlement). He'll be named when he's ready which is way better than being named 1st round, playing, looking like a goose and then bailing.

      IMO Burgess' non-selection must have been an attitude thing. He scored some okay tries when I saw him play but when Robbo doesn't pick you, he's telling you there's better options out there. He doesn't seem to say much, he just drops players by not naming them (and instead naming an absolute random in front of them... think Watson for Hastings... 1/2 baked but he played the way Robbo wanted him to). It frustrates me when he does this to somebody like Latrell. However, it got the best outta Latrell, so it works!

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      • #18
        In his post match press conference today Robbo was asked by one of the UK Media when Ryan Hall would be ready he said it wouldn't be till round 8-10ish, so it's going to be a while before he plays, might see him debut around SOO time.
        Last edited by fletch; Today, 03:47 PM.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by fletch View Post
          In his post match press conference today Robbo was asked by one of the UK Media when Ryan Hall would be ready he said it wouldn't be till round 8-10ish, so it's going to be a while before he plays, might see him debut around SOO time.
          Yep Joey said this at 1/2 time too. Joey was also pretty excited about him, said he's make a big impact...

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          • #20
            before the game, he said he's in month five of rehab, and the doctors had said it was a 6~9 month recovery time. So he could be a month away from returning, or he could be four months away

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            • #21
              Hall is a massive human who has just suffered a severe knee injury at a pretty old age. My biggest worry is how fast he can turn his big rig to kicks in behind the line, this has to be a concern

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              • #22
                Originally posted by ism22 View Post

                To be fair, Sam Tomkins (ironically the same name as a total bong head I went to uni with who looks pretty similar too... probably plays about as good too as he was a fit surfie from the gong) had won 3 SL premierships and played ~200 games before going to New Zulland. IMO his biggest issue is that they sold him as being a $1M a year 'Billy Slater' clone, which he was not.

                What Hall's got going for him is that he's set realistic expectations. For example in an interview he made it clear he was shadowing and LEARNING FROM Bernard Lewis. To me this attitude's gonna earn him a lot of respect because he's just chillng with the squad and learning from them with no expectation of playing NRL (i.e. no sense of entitlement). He'll be named when he's ready which is way better than being named 1st round, playing, looking like a goose and then bailing.

                IMO Burgess' non-selection must have been an attitude thing. He scored some okay tries when I saw him play but when Robbo doesn't pick you, he's telling you there's better options out there. He doesn't seem to say much, he just drops players by not naming them (and instead naming an absolute random in front of them... think Watson for Hastings... 1/2 baked but he played the way Robbo wanted him to). It frustrates me when he does this to somebody like Latrell. However, it got the best outta Latrell, so it works!
                If by attitude you mean he hated contact and looked for the ground at the earliest opportunity then I agree. He was the most petrified NRL player I have ever seen.

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