Current NRL player and sports journeyman Jarryd Hayne has indicated that if he is not picked to represent Australia in the upcoming Rugby League World Cup then he may play for the intergalactic basketball franchise 'The Monstars'.
Hayne, who holds a realistic view on the wealth of talent available for Australia at the upcoming World Cup from October to December, is no stranger to changing codes, having played American Football in the NFL for San Francisco before returning to his first passion, the NRL.
"I'm not going to lie to myself, there are a handful of players that probably warrant selection over me, and that's fine. I've represented Fiji in the past, and I've also managed to swap sports. To play for the Monstars is just a continuation of that legacy," said Hayne.
"While I haven't had a lot of basketball experience, and I've lived the majority of my life in the three dimensions of space, I'm confident that I have something to offer in the world of 2D animated basketball.
"Representing Australia had been a huge thrill, and I'm thankful to Fiji for the opportunity to represent them at the highest level as well, but I've watched the Monstars evolve into a powerhouse for their lowly beginnings as the Nerdlucks, and I'd be honoured to play under the guidance of their carnival owner, Mr Swackhammer.
"To represent another planet entirely, well, that's always been a dream of mine."
Asked for comment about their new recruit, fellow Monstars teammate Bupkus was hopeful.
"What he lacks in experience he more than makes up for in strength and enthusiasm. I'm confident that if we give him rocket rollerskates, or a giant mallet, or spring shoes, that he can do some damage out there."
Australia's squad is not expected to be announced until closer to the World Cup opening on October 27.
The 2017 State Of Origin series winner will be crowned after a deciding game on July 12 between New South Wales and Queensland, marking the 36th year in a row that one of these two states will be named champion.
Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania have once again failed to make an impact in the Australian Rugby League's premier state representative competition, which is being seen as a cause for concern by the governing bodies in the fledgling states.
"We need to keep perservering, but I admit that the best part of four decades without a win has got some of the lads down," said NRL SA Chairman Stuart Davis.
"We've got the Adelaide Hills Tigers and the Central Districts Roosters battling it out at the top of the table, but those guys seem to struggle to take the next step up to the State Of Origin series. It's like they don't even show up."
NRL Tasmania had high hopes for this year's competition after hosting an NRL trial game in Hobart in February. However, experts in the game's development have suggested that their lack of a state league since 2014 has been a major obstacle.
"I can see it would be tough for them," said NRL WA Development Officer Ed Easter.
"We struggle and we've got teams like the Joondalup Giants, the North Beach Sea Eagles and the Rockingham Sharks fighting hard to try and win our NRL WA Smarter Than Smoking Premiership, which keeps them on their toes. To try and match it with the NSW and Queensland boys after playing no rugby at all for years and years...you've got to take your hat off to Tassie, it's a bold strategy."
Some other sporting rivals that have dominated their respective competitions for a comparable period of time include Australia and England in the competition for cricket's Ashes, Spain's El Clásico that has never been won by a team other than Real Madrid or Barcelona, and the Harlem Globetrotters and Washington Generals who, between 1952 and 2014, had a virtual monopoly on the novelty, relaxed-rules, prop-comedy basketball leagues.
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The media are reporting that Schapelle Corby could potentially derail the New South Wales' Origin preparations, despite NSWRL chief executive Dave Trodden explicitly saying his players won't be distracted, Corby's whereabouts remaining unconfirmed and Blues players being professional athletes who have seen cameras before.
With the Blues arriving in Brisbane ahead of their opening clash of the 2017 State of Origin series against Queensland, the media have reported that other people in the media are concerned about the media circus surrounding Corby's Australian return and how the fact that her and New South Wales may be potentially sharing a hotel may impact a completely separate rugby league match, which is already extensively covered by the media.
"I don't have any concerns about Schapelle Corby being in the hotel," Trodden said, which the media is reporting may be code for 'I am very concerned'.
"They won't be distracted. Trust me they won't be distracted. It'll be more of a distraction for you guys. The media will be distracted," Trodden continued, which leaves the answer to the question 'Will New South Wales be distracted?' completely open to interpretation.
Fox Sports NRL reporter James Hooper, talking to Triple M radio, said "I know from a Blues point of view they’re hoping she’s not in there" despite mentioning no sources that have given him this information, which means it's news.
Not only are there concerns that Corby and the Blues sharing a hotel may impact their performance, but some media pundits have even suggested that romance may be on the cards.
“NSW in the same hotel, the Sofitel, as Schapelle Corby. Could there be a blossoming romance there somewhere?" asked former NRL player Matt Johns, who found it appropriate to comment on women and rugby teams in hotel rooms.
Schapelle Corby is not expected to play this State of Origin series.
This article was originally titled 'A MEDIA REPORT ABOUT THE MEDIA'S REPORTING ON THE MEDIA'S REPORTING ON CORBY'.
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