28 Oct 2022
What are the teams for Lebanon v Jamaica men at the Rugby League World Cup?
Lebanon need to win and hope New Zealand defeat Ireland to progress to the quarter-finals
By Alec McQuarrie
NRL star Adam Doueihi is back in Michael Cheika's squad for the crunch match against Jamaica after serving a one-match suspension for dissent.
Toulouse full-back Tony Maroun also steps in, with Kayne Kalache and Jacob Kiraz making way.
For Jamaica, Abevia McDonald returns after missing their 68-6 loss to New Zealand while Jy-Mel Coleman can make his first appearance at the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.
Bradley Ho and Andrew Simpson miss out for Romeo Monteith's men who are looking for their first ever win at a Rugby League World Cup.
17 Jalal Bazzaz, 6 Adam Doueihi, 10 Hanna El-Nachar, 11 Elie El-Zackhem, 15 Andrew Kazzi, 14 Anthony Layoun, 3 Bilal Maarbani, 2 Josh Mansour, 22 Tony Maroun, 5 Abbas Miski, 4 Brandon Morkos, 7 Mitch Moses, 20 Jaxson Rahme, 19 Khalil Rahme, 18 Khaled Rajab, 16 Reece Robinson, 13 James Roumanos, 9 Mikey Tannous, 12 Charbel Tasipale
2 Mo Agoro, 15 Jorge Andrade, 22 Chevaughan Bailey, 3 Joe Brown, 12 Joel Farrell, 13 Ashton Golding (C), 9 Jy-Mel Coleman, 20 Greg Johnson, 1 Ben Jones-Bishop, 17 Aaron Jones-Bishop, 10 Michael Lawrence, 8 Khamisi McKain, 4 Jacob Ogden, 7 Kieran Rush, 18 Abevia McDonald, 16 Keenan Tomlinson, 11 AJ Wallace, 6 James Woodburn-Hall, 5 Alex Young.
This is the very first meeting between Lebanon and Jamaica, as the Cedars look to win back-to-back Rugby League World Cup matches, a feat they have never managed.
Jamaica have made 22 attacking kicks in their first two games at the 2021 men's Rugby League World Cup - only England (27) and Australia (26) have made more.
Their loss to New Zealand in Round 1 is the only reverse in their last four men's internationals. A 32-14 victory over Ireland has put them on the brink of qualification for the knockout rounds for the second time in their history.
The Reggae Warriors have lost both their matches against Ireland and New Zealand on their tournament debut, but could yet make history with a maiden win if they overcome Michael Cheika's team.
Players to watch
- Lebanon duo James Roumanos and Charbel Tasipale have each made three turnovers at the 2021 Rugby League World Cup - no player has made more.
- Abbas Miski is in fine try-scoring form, having registered six in his last four Tests including one in each of their two matches so far.
- For Jamaica, Ben Jones-Bishop is their danger man, having scored five in his last five international appearances
- James Woodburn-Hall has run for 65 metres post contact. Out of any halves player, only Esan Marsters of the Cook Islands has more (101m)
The Rugby League World Cup promises to be the biggest, best and most inclusive event in the sport’s 127-year history with men’s, women’s and wheelchair teams competing in 61 games across 21 venues throughout England. Tickets are available via rlwc2021.com/tickets