One – Keep smiling, Steve
It’s probably fair to say Steve McNamara isn’t enjoying most of the off-field stuff around the World Cup.
Considering he’d just watched his side win 42-0 on Saturday, there wasn’t much bonhomie in his post-match press conference.
McNamara is making his own choices about how best to respond to questions and everyone will make their own choices about they react to him.
But his accusation against the BBC, when legitimately asked about the Zak Hardaker rumours prior to kick-off, was nothing short of remarkable.
Initially McNamara said: “There’s nothing to report at all.”
Which would have been fine, but he then added: “You’re just making things up and looking for things that are trying to disrupt the camp.”
Two – Life in the left edge
In 2010 Cudjoe was one of a number of youngsters taken on the Four Nations tour Down Under in Steve McNamara’s first major competition. England never stood a chance that year, but how important was experience like that in preparing Cudjoe for this World Cup?
His Huddersfield team-mate Ferres has been another revelation, despite only making the squad after Gareth Hock hit snooze once too often.
“It’s funny how those things work out sometimes,” said McNamara. “Brett was very close to initial selection, came along to South Africa and was great in terms of how he prepared given that at stage he wasn’t included. It goes to show that good things come to those who do the right things.”
Three – Home is where the heart is
If this World Cup leaves any legacy, it will hopefully be the recognition that there is an appetite for fully funded internationals and regular fixtures for those teams outside the Four Nations.
“We went into camp two weeks ago and we’ve had 10 or 12 sessions together. It makes it very tough.
“It’s been thrown together and it’s been tough on the guys… but it doesn’t just happen, it takes time.”
“But we’ve started something and that’s the most important thing.”
Four – Bye bye, boyos
It’s hard to think of a more disappointing Welsh performance in recent years.
That 2000 semi-final against Australia seems a long, long time ago now.
Five – Cumbrian dreams
They’re here and they do want good class rugby league.
“If Workington, Whitehaven and Barrow were serious about a Cumbria Super League franchise, some heads need to get together. Can you imagine this every other week? There’s a great atmosphere.”
Something to think about…
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