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Newton's proud to don stars &stripes; RUGBY LEAGUE.

CLINT NEWTON bristles at suggestions that the United States rugby league team are nothing more than a bunch of Australian mercenaries.

Although, like the vast majority of his team-mates, the former Hull KR forward speaks with an Australian accent, he is one of a host a players with immaculate credentials.

And the South Carolina-born Newton says no one will be prouder when the Tomahawks take on Australia in Saturday's quarter-final in Wrexham.

"I'm a very passionate United States person," he said. "It really does get my back up when we've copped a load of criticism over the last few weeks from the foreign press over here saying we're bending the rules.

"You don't have to look too far, at some of your local sides, to count how many players were actually born and bred in certain countries that are playing in this tournament.

"It's no different to the Olympics. England seem to be pulling people from all over the place to represent them in the Olympics, aren't they? "We've played by the rules - we've got 11 nationals and this is something that we're proud of."

Newton, 32, who was born in America while his famous golfing father Jack was playing on the US circuit, has played a key role in the Tomahawks' surprise wins over the Cook Islands and Wales that enabled them to top Group D and earn a place in the knock-out stages.
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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Nov 14, 2013
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