16 Sep 2022
Lachlan Ilias headlines Greece squad ready for RLWC debut
By Steve Mascord
LACHLAN Ilias may have felt like a king when he was the headline name in Greeceâ€™s final World Cup squad - but he wonâ€™t be travelling like one.
The 22-year-old South Sydney half was the headliner as debutants Greece became the first menâ€™s team to finalise its squad, the team read out in front of a star-studded audience of 230 at Sydneyâ€™s Grand Roxy this week.
Former Junior Kiwi Jordan Meads is again captain while Ilias will be joined by his Souths team-mate Peter Mamouzelos, Canterbury tyro Billy Tsikrikas and ex-Warrington import Billy Magoulias.
Ilias had asked team benefactor and Sydney Roosters chairman Nick Politis, via the media, for a business class seat because of a nagging back complaint.
The youngster told the Sun-Herald: â€œIâ€™ve never met Nick, but Iâ€™m thinking of asking him if he can fly me to England in business class, just to help my back.â€
Ilias and Politis werenâ€™t observed speaking at the dinner but the answer to his request has come back - and itâ€™s not good.
â€œNick told me there would be no business class seat for Lachlan unfortunately,â€ Greece team manager Terry Liberopoulos said.
â€œHe said if he gave a business class seat to Lachlan heâ€™d have to give one to each of the Sydney Roosters players travelling to the World Cup.â€
Politis was joined at the dinner - which featured traditional Greek dancing - by former Australia captain George Peponis, another ex-Kangaroo in Braith Anasta, boxing champion Jeff Fenech, businessman Mark Bouris, World Cup-winning coach Tim Sheens and some 14 members of the squad.
Around A$14,000 was raised to help with expenses as â€˜the team that came in from the coldâ€™ prepares to take its bow just months after the sport was finally recognised by the Greek government.
Greece are in Group A with France, England and Samoa.
Stefanos Bastas (Coventry)
Nikolaos Bosmos (Rhodes)
Terry Constantinou (Sunbury)
Aris Dardamanis (Aris)
Nick Flocas (Ipswich)
Myles Gal (Central Queensland)
Jake Kambos (Western Suburbs)
Kosta Katsidonis (Rhodes)
Greg Koutsimporgiorgos (Aris)
Lachlan Ilias (South Sydney)
Billy Magoulias ((Newtown)
Peter Mamouzelos (South Sydney)
Jordan Meads (capt, Sunshine Coast Barbarians)
John Mitsias (Western Suburbs)
Nick Mougios (South Sydney)
Ioannis Nake (unattached)
Theodoros Nianiakas (Wooston)
Chaise Robinson (South Sydney)
Ioannis Rousoglou (Aris)
Sebastian Sell (Mittagong)
Liam Sui Tin (unattached)
Robert Tuliatu (London Skolars)
Billy Tsikrikas (Canterbury)
Adam Vrahnos (London Skolars)
Mitchell Zampetides (Western Suburbs)