Dymock delays his decision

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Jim Dymock, the Sydney Bulldogs loose forward, is delaying a decision on which country to represent in the Centenary World Cup until Australia name their squad on 25 September.

Dymock has already been named as the captain of the Tongan side for the tournament, but may switch to his present home country if selected by Australia. The 23-year-old, who can also play stand-off and scrum-half, captained Tonga to Pacific Cup success last season. "It would be pretty hard on Tonga to pull out of the side at the last minute but, at the same time, it has always been my dream to represent Australia," he said.

Whoever he chooses, once thing is for sure: he is looking forward to the World Cup in Britain which starts on 7 October. "It will be a great tournament and a terrific experience - every game will be hard," he said. "I've organised three weeks off after the World Cup to take a look around Europe."

Even if Jim opts to play for Australia if selected, there will still be a Dymock playing for Tonga: his elder brother Angelo, who plays for South Sydney junior club Moorepark.

Oldham's Martin Crompton has turned down any chance of representing England by deciding instead to play for Ireland in the Emerging Nations competition. Although originally a member of England's 40-man squad, the 25-year-old ex-Wigan and Warrington scrum-half was yesterday named in Ireland's 21- strong party.

The British Amateur Association has hit back at accusations from the tournament director, Maurice Lindsay, that it is harming the World Cup's chances of success by refusing to postpone matches when Barla games are being played. Barla's chief executive, Maurice Oldroyd, said that all regional leagues were either cancelling fixtures or giving clubs permission to postpone games if they want to organise trips.

Salford have signed the New Zealand full-back, Peter Edwards, who toured Britain with the Kiwis two years ago. Edwards, who has been playing for the Auckland Warriors, is due to arrive today.

Bradford Bulls have succeeded in having their New Zealand utility back, Carl Hall, removed from the international quota, clearing the way for the signing of an Australian player before weekend.

IRELAND SQUAD (Emerging Nations tournament): Brown (Tallagh Tigers), Casey (Featherstone), Cleary, Commorford, Corrigan (all Dublin Blues), Crompton (Oldham), Doyle (Dublin Blues), Foy (Killarney), Gordon (Bangor Vikings), Grainey (Leigh Miners), Horrigan (Woolston), McCallion, McElhatton (Dudley Hill), McEntaggert (Dublin Blues), Nuttall (Newsome Magpies), Owens (Dudley Hill, capt), Slicker, Richard Smith (both Halifax), Ricky Smith (Bangor Vikings), Smyth (Illingworth), Topping (Oldham).

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