29 Apr 2010

Hasler questions workload on representative footballers

6:18 am on 29 April 2010

Manly's coach Des Hasler says the scheduling which will force representative rugby league players to play two matches inside 24 hours has him perplexed.

The Sea Eagles host St George Illawarra in an NRL blockbuster on May 8, just a day after the Test between Australia and New Zealand in Melbourne and the City-Country match in Port Macquarie.

Up to 17 players from both teams could be involved in either representative match, and Hasler says scheduling such a key fixture so shortly after those games is beyond him.

He says the Dragons are in the same position though.

The decision seems even more odd as the Manly-St George match, two teams laden with potential representative footballers, is the only one scheduled for the Saturday night after the Test and City-Country games.