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Brough to lead Bravehearts in Rugby League European Championship defence

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DATE: 30 September, 2015

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BROUGH TO LEAD BRAVEHEARTS ONCE MORE

In a major boost, Scotland will again be captained by Danny Brough for their defence of the European Championship this autumn, after the Huddersfield Giants star – voted into Super League’s Dream Team this week as the best stand-off in the competition – turned down the option of having a full off-season.

Brough has spent the last two autumns playing for Scotland and has committed to doing so again – provided he comes through the Super League play-offs unscathed, starting with tomorrow night’s semi-final at Wigan. With the Four Nations in 2016 and 2017 World Cup on the horizon, 32-year-old Brough could have been expected to take this tournament off. Instead he will lead the Bravehearts from the front.

“It tells you everything about the man,” said Scotland head coach Steve McCormack, who has worked with Brough since his first training camp 11 years ago. “It would have been easy for him to say ‘I need a rest’, but from the start of preparations for this year’s European Championship he said he wanted to play. That has a huge effect on the rest of the group and a massive impact on how we play. Having one of the world’s best half-backs leading us is superb, and brings out the best in the players around him.”

If he plays in all three games in the tournament, Brough will join Andrew Henderson as Scotland’s most-capped international on 21 appearances. He is already the nation’s top points scorer on 116.

Brough is one of five current Super League players in a 29-man squad named by McCormack that will be reduced to 20 for the first game on 16 October. Prop Adam Walker, who played for Hull KR in the Challenge Cup final in August and Widnes forward Ben Kavanagh, currently on-loan at Wakefield, are among 12 survivors from the squad that reached the World Cup quarter-finals two years ago, and 14 who won the European title last year, Scotland’s first silverware.

Salford hooker Liam Hood returns for the first time since winning his only cap in 2012 and Wakefield forward Jon Molloy is one of nine uncapped players in the squad. Of those, only Australian-based Billy McConnachie, who won Man of the Match in the Queensland’s Intrust Super Cup Grand Final last weekend, has not been involved with Scotland RL before.

Edinburgh Eagles forward Craig Borthwick gets a recall after missing out the last two years, while young full-back Alex Walker is one of five players who have appeared for London Broncos this season. Edinburgh Eagles trio Lewis Clarke, Finn Murphy – who was Man of the Match for St Andrews University when they won the Varsity Match against Edinburgh in front of 10,000 fans at Murrayfield last Friday – and Finlay Hutchison; Warrington winger Richard Harris and Barrow centre Shane Toal all step up from last year’s Scotland Under-19 squad.

Workington forwards Brett Phillips and Alex Szostak, and Huddersfield centre Joe Wardle all miss out due to requiring operations, while Australian-based trio Kane Linnett – who plays in Sunday’s NRL Grand Final for North Queensland Cowboys – Peter Wallace and Luke Douglas have been rested.

Scotland, who get together for their first training session on Sunday, open their defence of the European title against Wales on Friday 16 October, then play Ireland at Galashiels on Friday 23 October before finishing their fixtures in Avignon against France on Saturday 7 November.

Scotland training squad:

Danny Addy (Bradford Bulls), Josh Barlow (Swinton Lions), Sam Barlow (Leigh Centurions), Craig Borthwick (Edinbugh Eagles), Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants), Harvey Burnett (unattached), Brett Carter (Workington Town), Lewis Clarke (Edinburgh Eagles), Sonny Esslemont (Hull KR), Dale Ferguson (Bradford Bulls), Richard Harris (Warrington Wolves), Ben Hellewell (London Broncos), Liam Hood (Salford Red Devils), Finlay Hutchison (Edinburgh Eagles), Ben Kavanagh (Widnes Vikings), Corbyn Kilday (Central Queensland Capras), Billy McConnachie (Ipswich Jets), Jon Molloy (Wakefield Trinity), Finn Murphy (Edinburgh Eagles), Callum Phillips (Workington Town), Scott Plumridge (Edinburgh Eagles), Craig Robertson (Edinburgh Eagles), David Scott (Doncaster), Mitch Stringer (Sheffield Eagles), Shane Toal (Barrow Raiders), Oscar Thomas (London Broncos), Adam Walker (Hull KR), Alex Walker (London Broncos), Johnny Walker (Leigh Centurions)

Uncapped players in italics

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Wales name squad for Rugby League European Championships

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WALES NAME SQUAD FOR RUGBY LEAGUE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Wales coach John Kear has named a strong 24-man squad for their 2015 European Championship campaign, which includes ten players who are on the books of Super League clubs and a further six with top flight experience.

Widnes Vikings’ Lloyd White will captain the side and is one of 13 players to be born in Wales, 12 of whom have come through the South Wales Rugby League academy over the last decade. Another, Ben Flower – one of two Wigan Warriors selected – is vice-captain.

“We’ve gone for a deliberate blend of youth and experience,” said Kear. “Some players have been rewarded for their efforts last year which is a big positive, but we are looking to be successful in this competition hence the recall of established Super League players who took a break last time following the 2013 World Cup.

“Lloyd White will be a pivotal player for us, as will Ben and they, along with Huddersfield’s Craig Kopczak, should be our first choice front row. I expect them to be leaders within the group to set the right standards and move the team forward.

“Then we have up-and-coming players at Super League clubs like Regan Grace and Morgan Knowles – the St Helens U19 Player of the Year in 2015. They will have a great opportunity to mix and get a feel for the Welsh camp. Lads like them will be the mainstay of the Welsh squad for many years to come.”

In addition, Mynydd Isa’s Rhys Williams of London Broncos and Christiaan Roets from North Wales Crusaders are included who are Wales’ top all-time record try scorers with 16 and 13 respectively.

Ten of last year’s European Championship squad return while there are four possible debutants – two from St Helens and two from Gloucestershire All Golds – both clubs having four players in the squad.

Bridgend-born Jamie Murphy was unfortunate not to have won a cap a few years ago when playing for Crusaders in Super League, while the Port Talbot-born Courtney Davies, is also included.

All the players, with the exception Bridgend-born Ollie Olds who is with Queensland Cup side Souths Logan Magpies, play their rugby league in the UK.

Kear added, “We’ve had an extended player resource to choose from this year so it’s been a tough decision. Last year was a rebirth, this year we will compete well.”

Wales have rested squad number 6 for this tournament as a mark of respect for their former team mate Danny Jones who died earlier this year. Jones will be remembered in a testimonial game played between his final club Keighley Cougars and Wales on Sunday 25th October at Cougar Park in preparation for the Euros.

Wales have two home games in this year’s tournament, taking on France in Wrexham on Friday 16 October (kick-off 8pm) before facing France at Cardiff Arms Park on Friday 30 October (kick-off 6.30pm).

WALES SQUAD: Daniel Fleming (Bradford Bulls), Michael Channing (Castleford Tigers), Dalton Grant (Dewsbury Rams), Courtney Davies, Jamie Murphy, Steve Parry, Lewis Reece (Gloucestershire All Golds), Craig Kopzcak (Huddersfield Giants), Elliot Kear, Rhys Williams (London Broncos), Matty Barron, Ricky Hough (Newcastle Thunder), Joe Burke, Rob Massam, Christiaan Roets (North Wales Crusaders), Ollie Olds (South’s Logan Magpies, Australia), Matty Fozard, Regan Grace, Morgan Knowles, Anthony Walker (St Helens), Phil Joseph, Lloyd White (Widnes Vikings), Ben Flower, Rhodri Lloyd (Wigan Warriors).

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Chairman pays tribute to Wheelchair Rugby League heroes

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COYD PAYS TRIBUTE TO WHEELCHAIR HEROES

Martin Coyd, chairman of Wheelchair RL, has paid tribute to the England players who beat World Champions France in golden point extra time last night, to take the European Championship 28-24.

“We have had a great competition, the boys have been working hard for the past nine months,” he said. “It’s been a wonderful event at Medway Park, I’m particularity pleased with the progress that all five nations have made.

“For this group of players, coaches, support staff, medics and the wonderful volunteers to be crowned European champions after a very special five days is sensational, and a great step forward for Wheelchair rugby league in Europe.”

Coyd continued, “England and France are the best two teams in the world, we haven’t been near them since 2011 and the calmness of the players was fantastic. We have been supported by Brian McDermott from Leeds Rhinos in the build-up and he said teams that stick together and play together can achieve anything.”

Coyd was doubly-emotional as his son Jack scored the try that took the final into extra time. “I watched the game as calmly as I could and I may have got a little bit emotional for a short period of time when Jack went over. it was one of those special moments to remember forever.”

The chairman also paid tribute to England captain Jack Brown who scored the winning points with his hat-trick try. “Jack Brown is a great human, he is a very humble man, he leads his team and they want to be like him; he’s a special bloke and I’m thrilled for him.”

Brown added, “I can’t remember much after it but in terms of the try, I saw (brother) Harry pulled Nicolas out and I saw an opening, went for the gap and scored. Then all hell broke loose!”

All the nations now prepare for the 2017 Wheelchair RL World Cup

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England claim Wheelchair Rugby League European Championships in most dramatic style

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ENGLAND CLAIM WHEELCHAIR EUROS IN DRAMATIC FASHION

A dramatic, third try by skipper saw Joe Brown in golden-point extra time saw England defeat World Champions France to lift the 2015 European Wheelchair Rugby League Championship, 28-24, at a packed Medway Arena in Gillingham.

The French, at one stage in the first half, led by ten points in a tough and uncompromising battle, the third of the tournament between the rivals who had a victory each.

The decider was tense throughout, France took an early lead when they capitalised on an England penalty, Mikael Gaune sending in Lionel Alazard out wide.

England responded when Harry Brown put in a delicate kick forward and zipped past two French defenders to just touch down as the dead-ball line loomed.

Gaune then crossed twice in quick succession, his second try following a ball from Laurent Despues before selling a great dummy to Jack Brown to score by the left post.

Jack Brown narrowed the gap to 16-12 at the break, on hand unmarked to capitalise on Wayne Boardman’s kick that cannoned off a post.

Gaune nearly completed his hat trick but as he got over the try line, he knocked the ball on in the process of grounding.

The visitors edged further ahead at the start of the second period when Nicolas Clausells landed a penalty after a Harry Brown double-tap error but the Englishman made up for it, sending brother Jack to the corner who squeezed in and added a terrific touchline conversion to level at 18-all.

Cyril Torres was incensed with the way his team was playing and immediately put himself on and the French captain helped his side retake the lead as the ball was played out to Clausells and he got around Boardman to cross.

England levelled again with less than five minutes to go when local hero Joe Coyd held off Clausells to place the ball over the try line to leave it all-square after the regulation hour.

Extra time started with France winning the important coin toss and they chose to receive the ball. However, Jack Brown hit a beautiful kick-off which went out in the corner of the try area for a goal line dropout.

Nathan Holmes took the kick and passed it out wide to Wayne Boardman who just got tackled at the right corner.

The ball was sent left to Jack Brown and he slipped by a defender before placing it down on the try line to win the game and the championship for England and spark delirious scenes.

England: 28

Wayne Boardman, Joe Coyd, James Simpson, Sebastien Bechara, Martin Lane, Jack Brown (c), Nathan Holmes, Harry Brown

Tries: H. Brown, J. Brown 3, Coyd

France: 24

Yann Menunier, Nicolas Clausells, Christophe Cochand, Mikael Gaune, Manual Morais, Guillaume Mautz, Laurent Despues, Michel Penella, Lionel Alazard, Kevin Pastor, Theo Gonzales

Tries: Alazard, Guane 2, Clausells

Referee: Steve Abel and Matthew Ball

Goal Officials: Rhett Johnson and Stuart Naylor

5th Official: David Abel

IRELAND RALLY TO TAKE THIRD PLACE

Ireland came through a bruising encounter with Scotland to achieve third place with a 20-16 triumph.

Scotland opening the scoring through Steven Carling, the Irish getting back on level terms when Dom Richards capped off a great move.

Scotland was then reduced to four men when Michael Mellon was sent to the sin bin for an eye-poke on Stuart Walker, the resulting penalty converted by Tom McCarthy.

Ireland doubled their lead just before half time as Scotland conceded another penalty and McCarthy again stepped up to convert the kick.

Dillon Neill waltzed around to score in the corner to extend the Irish advantage at the start of the second period.

Mellon was reintroduced and got the ball down over the try line in the corner to start the Scottish revival, then setting up Dan Grant.

Grant was then sent to the sin bin for unnecessary roughness on Richards meaning the Scots had to play the rest of the game with four men.

From the resulting penalty Ireland won the game when Richards raced to the corner to score his second try.

GROUP GAMES

Ireland 46 Wales 36 – a dramatic late rally, led by five try man of the match Dominic Richards saw the Irish through to the play offs, Mark Williams with a hat trick for the gallant Welsh.

England 102 Scotland 0 – England, led by four-try Adam Barnett ran rampant over the Scots to make the final, Tom Halliwell and Martin Lane both posting hat-tricks.

France 52 Wales 5 – France put on a sparkling display to make the final undefeated, the excellent Theo Gonzales posting three tries in a rampant first half, Nicolas Clausells matching him.

England 66 Ireland 16 – Adam Barnett was the star of a comprehensive England win, racing over for five tries, Jodie Boyd-Ward also among their try scorers.

England 56 Wales 8 – Adam Barnett was unstoppable as England blitzed Wales in the first half, finishing with three tries, Tom Halliwell also in fine form.

France 88 Scotland 6 – Guillame Mautz led the way with five tries as the French overwhelmed their opponents who’s consolation score came from Michael Grange.

France 26 England 24 – A sensational first half in which they scored all their points, including a Mikael Guane hat-trick, saw the French home in a thriller; Jack Brown’s second half three tries not enough for the hosts.

Scotland 26 Wales 25 – Scotland, thanks to a Michael Mellon hat-trick, held on to pip the Welsh in a tremendous clash; Andrew Higgins with a try, four goals and a drop goal nearly pulled it out the fire for the Welsh.

France 100 Ireland 8 – France were too slick for the Irish, three players; Theo Gonzales, Manual Morais and Yann Menuier each running in three tries.

Scotland 32 Ireland 16 – Dan Grant was the star with three tries as Scotland built a big lead. Vicky Irwin led the Irish response but to no avail.

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RUGBY LEAGUE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP C : GAME 1 – SPAIN 40 MALTA 30 – Report

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RUGBY LEAGUE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP C : GAME 1 – SPAIN 40 MALTA 30 – Report

A superb first half, characterised by a wonderful hat-trick from man of the match, full-back Dani Garcia saw Spain take the spoils in the opening game of European Championship C, as they beat Malta 40-30 at the Polideportivo Cuatre Carreres Stadium, Valencia.

The hosts led 30-6 at the break, Garcia unstoppable as he ran Malta ragged, the La Reole custodian also landing five goals in a blistering opening 40 minutes.

“It was a very physical game and I knew it was going to be difficult raising to this level,” said Spain coach Darren Fisher. “So to settle the nerves for such an important game, play with such excitement and passion, I couldn’t be prouder of them, I’m thrilled to bits with the boys.”

Spain got off to the perfect start, hooker Gonzalo Morro sniping over, Garcia then crossing twice in six minutes. Palau centre Alex O’Doutres extended the lead, Garcia taking it to 30 unanswered points; Sam Blyton-Keep getting the visitors on the board just before the half hour with a self-converted try, part of a personal 14-point haul.

Malta narrowed the gap two minutes into the second period when Shan Francois Hussain crossed but the visitors couldn’t sustain the pressure and, trying to force the ball and losing possession, saw it snapped up by Ivan Mendez who sent in Antonio Puerta; Garcia with his only goal miss from seven attempts in his tally of 24 points.

Andrew Muscat again got Malta on the front foot, carving out an opening that Joe Burke finished well but the islanders were penalised on their own 20 after a fracas and Andy Pilkington made them pay with a try.

Garcia should have had a fourth soon after, Hadriel Mehamed González with a fine break down the touchline side but his inside ball fumbled.

The visitors, who are at home to Greece on 10th October in game two, finished strongly, winger Jean-Pierre Zarb going over out wide and Jake Lynch crossing with the final play, Blyton-Keep goaling both.

“The Spanish were the better side, they took their chances extremely well,” said Malta player/coach Chris Parker. “We were disappointed in our performance and need to build on how we finished for the next game.”

The winners of European Championship C will take the final place in the 2016 European Qualifiers for the World Cup the following year.

SPAIN 40

Dani Garcia, Hadriel Mehamed González, Alex O’Doutres, Antonio Puerta, Diego Lagunas, Ivan Mendez, Miguel Blanco, Luis Thorp, Gonzalo Morro, Dani Moreno, Cedric Bringuier, Matt Dulley, Aitor Davila

Subs (all used) Ezequiel Perez-Fuster, Andy Pilkington, Isaac Pulgar, Adrian Alonso

Tries: Morro (4), Garcia (13, 19, 33), O’Doutres (24), Puerta (48), Pilkington (70)

Goals: Garcia 6/7

MALTA 30

Andrew Muscat, Jean-Pierre Zarb, Sam Blyton-Keep, Christian Briffa, Zachariah Micallef, Robin Cutajar, Danny Burke, Jeremy Dela, Justin Barlogio, Pete Debono, Jake Lynch, Pete Ingham, Chris Parker

Subs (all used) Shan Francois Hussain, Joe Paolella, Joseph Pio Mizzi, Sam Firth

Tries: Blyton-Keep (29), Francois Hussain (42), Burke (64), Zarb (76), Lynch (79)

Goals: Blyton-Keep 5/5

Man of the match: Dani Garcia

Half time: 30-6

Referee: Danny McNeice (England)

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Road to glory starts for South Africa rugby league

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THE ROAD TO GLORY STARTS NOW AS RHINOS PREPARE FOR 2017 RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS

South Africa rugby league national head coach Brian Greige has begun selecting his squad for the forthcoming 2017 Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers – MEA, which will see his Rhinos face Lebanon in a two-game series, scheduled for 25th and 31st October at the Brakpan Stadium in Gauteng.

“The training squad has started the process of coming together as a larger group than previously,” Greige said. “Strength and conditioning, fitness and basic ball drills are currently the order of the day.

“Our player base comes from all the clubs throughout South Africa making our team diverse and unique with a variety of talent. This can now be tweaked into making them fine rugby league players. On the horizon we see the South African rugby league giant awakening.”

Greige took a squad to Australia recently as part of the build-up. “Gradually South African Rugby League is now moving forward with structures well in place and players learning fast and it was great to introduce new players to the game. The same can be said of our training squad and what the future holds here.”

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England Wheelchair Rugby League take Kielty/Fassolite Trophy

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DATE: 24 September, 2015

CONTACT: phil.caplan / +44 7850719412

ENGLAND WHEELCHAIR TAKE KIELTY/FASSOLITE TROPHY

ENGLAND 56-26 FRANCE – MEDWAY PARK

In a pre-cursor to the Wheelchair European Championships which start this evening, England won the inaugural Kielty/Fassolite Trophy as they defeated World Champions France in Gillingham.

After a tight first half, England led 26-14 thanks to tries from Wayne Boardman – set up by local hero Joe Coyd – Sebastien Bechara with his debut score for his country, Jack and Harry Brown; Jack Brown kicking a penalty.

France responded through Mikael Gaune with two tries and they narrowed the gap further when Cyril Torres landed a penalty for offside on the hooter.

In the second half, Harry and Jack Brown both completed their hat-tricks, Martin Lane and Boardman with a second – from a great pass by Bechara – also crossing, to take the hosts past the half-century mark.

With fifteen minutes to go, France staged a mini comeback when Christophe Cochand and Nicolas Clausells went in for scores.

England: 56

Wayne Boardman, Joe Coyd, James Simpson, Sebastien Bechara, Martin Lane, Jack Brown, Nathan Holmes, Harry Brown

Tries: J. Brown 3, H. Brown 3, Boardman 2, Bechara, Lane

Goals: J. Brown 4, Boardman 3, H. Brown

France: 26

Lionel Alazard, Laurent Despues, Nicolas Clausells, Chrsitophe Cochand, Manual Morais, Mikael Gaune, Michel Penella, Guillaume Mautz, Yann Menunier, Cyril Torres,

Tries: Gaune 2, Clausells, Cochand

Goals: Torres 2, Clausells 2, Gaune

Referees: Matthew Ball, Rhett Johnson

Goal officials: David Able, Harry Neville

5th Official: Stuart Naylor

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