USA name Rugby League World Cup squad but coach's future in doubt

Last Updated: 04/10/13 11:20am

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Brian Smith: Looks set to miss America's first Rugby League World Cup campaign

Brian Smith: Looks set to miss America's first Rugby League World Cup campaign

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Confusion surrounds who will coach the United States Rugby League side after Brian Smith hinted he would not be joining the 24-man squad for the tournament.

The 59-year-old was expected to lead the Tomahawks into their first World Cup after taking up his position only two months ago following the departure of Matthew Elliot.

But the former Hull and Bradford boss has reportedly told an Australian journalist that he will be unable to travel with the squad due to family commitments.

"There's just been something come up that I really couldn't miss, unfortunately," Smith said.

Former Hull player Clint Newton and ex-Castleford utility back Ryan McGoldrick, who was released by Salford on Thursday, are among the names in the squad.

Parramatta player Joseph Paulo will captain the side, while his brother Junior has also been named in the squad which contains 10 players born in America.

USA: Mark Cantoni (Dalby), Andrew Durutalo (USA Eagles), Bureta Faraimo (Mackay Cutters), Gabriel Farley (Southampton Dragons), Kristian Freed (Connecticut Wildcats), Mike Garvey (Ipswich Jets), Roman Hifo (Mangere East Hawks, New Zealand), Danny Howard (Wentworthville), Stephen Howard (Tuggeranong Vikings), Luke Hume (New York Knights), Judah Lavulo (Cabramatta), Joel Luani (Wests Tigers), David Marando (Belrose), Ryan McGoldrick (Salford), Clint Newton (Penrith), Mark Offerdahl (Connecticut Wildcats), Joseph Paulo (Parramatta, capt), Junior Paulo (Parramatta), Craig Priestly (Southampton Dragons), Matt Petersen (Cudgen Hornets), Tui Samoa (Redcliffe Dolphins), Matt Shipway (Newcastle), Les Soloai, Lelauloto Tagaloa (Hawaii Chiefs).

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