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Discussion in 'International/Representative League' started by Hardyman's Yugo, Oct 10, 2017.
The England squad:
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Hardaker would have been a shoe in but for this:
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No Tomkins either which is less surprising
More on Hardaker:
'He still has a chance for redemption'
Analysis: BBC rugby league correspondent Dave Woods
If you met Zak Hardaker, your likeliest first impression would be of a lovely lad who is endearingly honest about the mistakes he's made. The problem is that he keeps making those mistakes.
Despite his outstanding rugby league talents that were taking him to the very top in the game, his career is now defined by his wrong choices off the field.
Currently the best English full-back around and tipped to get even better, he will instead be remembered for missing the 2013 World Cup because of a boozy brawl on the eve of the tournament, being effectively kicked out by Leeds for a catalogue of off-field indiscretions and now missing a Grand Final and another World Cup for this latest catastrophic choice of behaviour.
It's incredibly frustrating to team-mates and fans that so much talent has been squandered. But he still has a chance for some redemption.
Without pre-judging any mitigating circumstances he may use in his defence, the probable outcome of this failed drug test is a two-year ban.
He turns 26 in a few days, so he is of an age where he could still return and perform at the highest level again. That depends on how well he is supported and mentored in the next couple of years, though both Leeds and Castleford have done their best in the past.
So more importantly it now comes down to the quality of his own decisions.
In short, it's time for the lad to grow up.
Just cannot see them performing away from home.
All down to team spirit which is Bennetts department. I'd feel happier if Hardaker was at full back, he's been sensational this year and Lomax is no replacement for him. Hardaker seems determined to f**k his life up though.
Other than Kevin Brown who I don't rate, it's a strong squad
Signing for the Warriors as a big name = death of career post-Warriors
News on England's warm up game in Perth
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