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Lebanon’s World Cup is about more than simply rugby league | Joe Gorman

The game has been a unifying force for Lebanese people of all religions and this World Cup is helping ease internal divisions within their communities

Every rugby league season for the past few years, Chris Saab has worked long hours at his earthmoving business during the day, trained three nights a week, and given up weekends to play in Sydney’s Ron Massey Cup.

At 35 years of age, he is physically and mentally ready to retire. In fact he was ready to call it a day back in 2015, after helping the Lebanese national team qualify for their second Rugby League World Cup. But the lure of playing with his best friend, Robbie Farah, convinced him otherwise.

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