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Ryles riled over NSW Country snub

By Steve Jancetic 28/04/2008 06:24:52 PM Comments (0)

St George Illawarra prop Jason Ryles has slammed the politics involved in his snubbing from the opening representative teams of the season.

Ryles was overlooked for a berth in the Country Origin side despite an impressive run of form for the Dragons over the last few weeks.

Statistics suggest he is in the top handful of front rowers in the game at the moment, but it wasn't enough to see him squeeze past Anthony Laffranchi, Brett White or Ben Cross into the Country side.

Ryles suggested his omission had little to do with form.

"I thought I was playing fairly well considering the circumstances of our team's form this year," Ryles said.

"I'm not going to get into the politics of it all because that's exactly what it is, there's a lot of politics involved in making representative teams.

"If form's got anything to do with it then I would have certainly been there in the mix that's for sure."

While he is likely to still be considered for a berth in the NSW side for Origin I on May 21, Ryles didn't seem too perturbed when it was suggested he may have played his last rep game.

"I'm not too fussed about it to be honest, it's one of those things if it happens it's great, if it doesn't then it's sort of just keep going."

The 29-year-old's future remains up the air with reports he wants out of the final two years of his contract with the Dragons.

He reaffirmed his commitment to the club for 2008, but said he would weigh up all his options before deciding whether to be part of incoming coach Wayne Bennett's new regime in 2009.

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