Fury as another Kiwi is poached for Origin

Yahoo! New Zealand Sport June 18, 2012, 1:49 pm

Sam Kasiano's impending Origin selection has sparked fury from leading New Zealand official Tony Kemp.

With the Bulldogs star looking increasingly likely to become to second Kiwi to turn his back on the New Zealand national league side in favour of playing in this year’s Origin series, Kemp has hit out at NSW coach Ricky Stuart and Queensland coach Mal Meninga, saying something needs to be done to stop them poaching players.

Despite having signed a letter of intent to play for NZ a mere two months ago, The Sydney Sunday Herald revealed the Bulldogs prop was now being lined up as a replacement for Dave Taylor for the Maroons in Origin III.

Kemp said he had spoken to Kasiano in the last two weeks and was aware he'd been approached to make himself available for the Maroons.

Kemp said Meninga was also pursuing other Kiwi NRL stars who are both eligible to play for NZ and Australia,

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  1. stephen05:18pm Tuesday 19th June 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Say it how it is who the hell wants to play for kiwis and you get ten thousand dollars for kiwis a game and forty thousand a game for origin so do the maths the kiwis are bro towns and aussies have some form of game plan and a white coach

  2. Ross09:52pm Monday 18th June 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    I would like to know what is the point of ever signing Letters of Intent if a player is going to do the opposite two months later. It's obviously not a contract. I don't think the issue is allegiances like everyone is arguiing about. It's merely a moral/loyalty issue re what country you would prefer to play for. Letters of Intent seem to be just for the benefit of media hype, something we can do without.

  3. Hayden08:52pm Monday 18th June 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    You should have to live in a country for at least 3 years, ideally 5 in my opinion to be able to represent it. I dont want any of these born and bread aussies playing league for us. I dont care where your parents come from and how completely stupid it goes back to where your grand parents were born? It is so stupid. One of my grand parents was born in England in 1928 and left in 1930. Somehow that makes me eligible to play for poms. What brainless clowns came up with this rubbish?

  4. Hayden08:44pm Monday 18th June 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Tony Kemp you are a clown, a total fool, a massive hypocrite. Some names for you Tony you loser - Frank Pritchard, Nathan Cayless, Jason Cayless, Bryce Goodwin, Jason Nightingale, Jake Webster, Luke Covell, Josh Hoffman and Gerrard Beale. They are just the guys I can think of without any research who are 100% aussies. They have never lived and NZ and should never play for us ever. Kemp you a such a clown

  5. david07:37pm Monday 18th June 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    What a sad bunch of puppies you are Mel and Ricky. Haven't you got any decent players bro? Scared we'll beat you. What a bunch of sad faced losers. Pathetic. Tragic small man syndrome behaviour. Ha Ha Ha. I can't get over what a pathetic attitude. Mel, I used to think you were a man. No longer, loser.

  6. Fdzfdsfdz Z07:17pm Monday 18th June 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    why not make origin and test selection eligibility seperate. i'm sure these kiwis that are playing origin would still like to play for the kiwis if they had the chance. origin is a big lure though. its the pinnacle of the game in this part of the world really. anyone? anyone? i thought not....lol

  7. Shaun06:46pm Monday 18th June 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    good on you sam rip that piece of cheap A4 paper up and go for the money my man.. i dont see tony kemp wit a cheq book in his hand to change his mind. good for him i hope he plays fo the maroons. nz is getting cheap and ripped off already sick of us running their mouth. no action. play fo queensland!!!

  8. Maddison06:35pm Monday 18th June 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Simple Solution, next ANZAC test pick a starting 17 made up of players from the Balck Power, Mongrel Mob, Highway 61, Henchmen and any other social team and see what happens. I can guarantee Aussie will win the first season but not have too many guys wanting to back up next year......all of a sudden S O O isnt that important......smash thenm bro

  9. Will05:51pm Monday 18th June 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    SBW. Now there is a player who many haters called traitor, deserter etc. At least he didnt go the way of the $$. Turned down millions to try out for an AB jersey. Even gave $100k to EQ. Gives away his jerseys. Now a committed Chief/AB player. There is no proof he is going anywhere. Remember Matty Johns said he had it on good authority that he would be going back to NRL. Rumours sqaushed! 1 kiwi boy who stuck it up the NRL.

  10. Pieman05:50pm Monday 18th June 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    They had a dammed good provincial competition before the Warriors, Now it is so weak its laughable.


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