Grannygate sequel a French farce

MANLY hooker Heath L'Estrange and Sydney Roosters prop David Shillington have been ruled out of France's World Cup squad after being caught up in a "Grannygate" type scandal over their eligibility. L'Estrange and Shillington were initially chosen in the French squad, which contains five other Australians, but checks by tournament officials found their heritage traced back to great-grandparents - not their grandparents, who were all born in Australia. Catalans backs John Wilson (ex-Wests Tigers) and Justin Murphy (ex-Warriors), Toulouse fullback Trent Clayton (ex-Penrith) and Lezignan duo James Wynne (ex-Knights) and Jared Taylor (ex-Sharks) qualify on residency grounds after living and playing in France for three years or more. Longmuir top Tiger SCOTT LONGMUIR will succeed Steve Noyce as Wests Tigers chief executive, the club has announced. Noyce resigned from the job midway through the season, but is continuing until the season has ended. Longmuir is the club's marketing manager. Subpoena brouhaha NRL officials were furious that Channel Nine was promoting last night's exclusive interview with Sonny Bill Williams on The Footy Show while their lawyers were unable to find him to serve a court subpoena. In an affidavit to the NSW Supreme Court on Tuesday, NRL lawyer Tony O'Reilly revealed he had sent emails to the Nine Network and reporter Danny Weidler "formally requesting on behalf of the NRL" that they pass on details of Williams's whereabouts so a process server could be sent to deliver the subpoena. Creepy crawling Sin Bin finds it amazing that Channel Nine's Footy Show - which has been bagged unmercifully by News Limited publications - would hand over its exclusive interview with Sonny Bill Williams to be gutted by one of their newspapers. Maybe it shows how desperate News Limited is to cover the story they've been hammered on since the start. And maybe the payback will be plenty of puff pieces about Nine's "celebrities" in News Limited's gossip columns to help bolster the channel's sinking ratings. There's something creepy about it. Squads top secret ENGLAND and Scotland officials are at loggerheads with World Cup organisers over their refusal to publicly release the names of the players in provisional squads each country was required to submit by August 1. New Zealand will today join Australia, Papua New Guinea, Ireland, Tonga, Samoa, France and Fiji in announcing their squads. But England coach Tony Smith - the brother of Newcastle mentor Brian Smith - does not want his squad known until the final 24 are named after the October 10 clash with Wales. Scotland are understood to have adopted a similar stance, infuriating tournament officials who had been buoyed by the increased traffic to the official World Cup website - rlwc08.com - since it began posting squads. Hagan losing grip MICHAEL HAGAN'S chances of continuing as Parramatta coach after his contract runs out at the end of next year will be harmed if the Eels don't register a turnaround in their fortunes before the end of this season. It is only natural that Parramatta will start thinking about the 2010 season before next season starts and if the overwhelming memory of this season is the Eels going down the gurgler, it obviously won't help Hagan's cause. There is no suggestion Hagan won't see out his three-year term. Gallen comes up empty PAUL GALLEN was pleading innocent to his latest misdemeanour against the NRL referees - the catalyst for Brisbane chief executive Bruno Cullen's panning of the judiciary system following international centre Justin Hodges's two-match suspension for making a rude gesture to Tony Archer. Cullen had slammed the decision to charge Hodges - specifically because Gallen had grabbed referee Shayne Hayne by the jumper in a previous game. Gallen was a little stunned by the claims. "I don't remember grabbing a referee," the Cronulla skipper said. "I don't know what they're talking about." Jeremy's brave fight TEENAGE Knights star Jeremy Papamau, a 2007 Australian Schoolboys representative and winner of the Carlson Club-Andrew Johns Medal as Newcastle's best under-18s player, is fighting for his life after being diagnosed with testicular cancer during a routine injury check-up. Papamau, 17, had the testicle surgically removed on July 1 and this week began a six-week course of chemotherapy. "I'd had the lump for about six months and didn't say anything, and if I'd left it for another six or eight months … if I didn't get it out when I did, I would have probably had it [cancer] scattered through my whole body," he told the Newcastle Herald . Papamau was welcomed into the Knights' sheds after their rousing 32-12 win over Parramatta at EnergyAustralia Stadium on Monday night and captain Danny Buderus presented him with a signed jersey. "It was a big effort for him to come to the game on his first day of chemo," Buderus said. "It's a big thing for a 17-year-old kid to deal with but being in a sporting environment, you've got to have a strong character and you can tell that about him. He said if this thing is going to try to beat him, he's right up for the challenge." Papamau is hoping to be back playing next season but he also wants other young men to be aware of the prevalence of testicular cancer. Irish prop very forward IRELAND prop Wayne Kerr is being tipped to become a cult figure during the World Cup - and not just because of his name. Kerr, who plays for London Skolars, is described as one of the personality players in Britain's division two competition. Meanwhile, Bulldogs pair Aaron Groom and Daryl Millard, South Sydney's John Sutton, Brisbane forward Ashton Sims, Newcastle's Wes Naiqama and Akuila Uate, Cronulla lock Jayson Bukuya, Wests Tigers winger Peni Tagive and Manly's Nick Bradley-Qalilawa have all been named in the Fiji squad.

Brad Walter, Glenn Jackson, Greg Prichard and Brett Keeble

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