Moimoi, Tuiaka still not cleared to play
October 3, 2007 - 6:28PM
Kiwis pair Fuifui Moimoi and Taniela Tuiaki face a nervous wait to be cleared for their Test debuts after the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) summoned lawyers to examine the eligibility rules.
Both represented Tonga last year and need RLIF clearance to play the trans-Tasman Test against Australia on October 14, but that hadn't been granted when the RLIF executive meeting adjourned in Sydney on Wednesday night.
Australian Rugby League (ARL) chief executive Geoff Carr said lawyers would study the eligibility rules on Thursday morning before a decision was made.
"We're taking legal advice on it," Carr said.
"The rules have to be applied correctly. It will be resolved in the morning."
Carr wouldn't comment further, or expand on what part of the rules were unclear.
The RLIF executive comprises ARL chairman Colin Love, New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) chairman Andrew Chalmers and British Rugby Football League (RFL) chairman Richard Lewis.
Carr said last week he expected no dramas in clearing the pair to face the Kangaroos.
Tuiaki qualifies for the Kiwis as he was being born in New Zealand while Moimoi represented New Zealand A in 2002 and lived in Auckland for seven years, thereby satisfying the residency qualification.
Both were named in coach Gary Kemble's 19-man Test squad on Sunday.
It's almost a year since the Nathan Fien drama saw him pulled from the Kiwis team during the Tri-Nations series, when it was revealed his grandmother wasn't New Zealand-born as the NZRL previously claimed.
from the SMH...
it's upto the lawyers,