Lebanon players planning protest against governing body in Fiji Test
High-profile Lebanon players will lead a protest against the Lebanese Rugby League Federation (LRLF) in Saturday’s Test match against Fiji, according to reports.
Robbie Farah, Josh Mansour and Mitchell Moses will be among several high-profile NRL stars to run out for the Cedars against the Bati at Leichhardt Oval.
But as first reported by News Limited, they will tape over the governing body’s logo on their jerseys as part of a protest against the current LRLF board.
The controversial move is also a gesture of solidarity with the Cedars’ domestic players, amid allegations the incumbent five-person LRLF board was not democratically elected.
Farah and other NRL stars eligible to represent Lebanon boycotted last season’s mid-year Test in protest against a perceived lack of action from the board following a successful 2017 Rugby League World Cup campaign.
“We are taking this action because we don’t support the current board and the way it was elected,” Farah told The Sunday Telegraph.
“We want what’s best for the long-term future of the game in Lebanon.”
New Zealand will host Tonga in Auckland to kick-off a Test match triple header on Saturday.
The Cedars and Bati are next up in the first of two Tests at Leichhardt Oval, with Samoa and Papua New Guinea to also square off on Saturday night.
NSW and Queensland will round out the representative round in Perth in the first-ever Sunday State of Origin fixture.