English Lions Under-18s to tour Lebanon
The squad which is comprised of players from the community game includes Thatto Heath trio Jack Jones, Leon Tatlock and Jamie Tracie who compete in the Heinz Big Soup Conference Youth League.
These players all featured recently in the club’s National Cup win in Blackpool with Jack Jones named Man of the Match and Jamie Tracie scoring two tries.
Tour Captain is Millom’s Marcus O’Brien who also toured with the 2011 Community Lions Under-18s to South Africa alongside fellow squad members Jack Jones and full back Sam Forester.
English Lions Under-18s Head Coach, Kelvin Lockett said: “Things are looking good for the tour, there’s lots of great development work going on in Lebanon and this is a chance for their under-20s to test their arm against English opposition.”
“The whole squad have been briefed on the tour and they are very aware and well prepared. Beirut is a very multi-cultural city and it should be a fantastic tour.
“The team we’re playing have been through some selection processes and most play for universities and have a club background. They have done their homework, will have their best players out and we’re expecting a strong challenge, it will be a great opportunity for the players and staff to test themselves in this environment.”
The squad will have two training sessions at Milford in July prior to embarking from Manchester Airport for Beirut on Tuesday July 24.
In Lebanon the squad will be based in Beirut and will play Liban Espoir on Saturday July 28 and Wednesday August 1 before returning on Thursday August 3.
This is the first time since Espoirs were reformed to become the Under-20s that they will participate against an international team. The majority of the team are from the champions of the Shield Championship University of Balamand and most players have come up through Lebanon Under-16 and Under-18 programs.
The upcoming tour to Morocco between July 3 and 9 for the MENA championship should serve them well for preparation and team bonding.
Robin Hachache, Liban Espoir Head Coach said: “I am very happy to be coaching such a young and talented side. The boys are very enthusiastic and looking forward to test themselves against the English Lions Under-18s.”
1. Sam Forester Maryport
2. Leon Tatlock Thatto Heath
3. Ben Garner Barrow Island
4. Scott Pink Wath Brow
5. Tom Whittle Wigan St Judes
6. Matty Cooke Pilkington Recs
7. Marcus O'Brien (Capt) Millom
8. Chris Tomlinson Glasson Rangers
9. Leon Crellin Egremont Rangers
10. Perry Singleton Barrow Island
11. Daniel Rowell Kells
12. Karl Dixon Wath Brow
13. Ian Curnow Wath Brow
14. Ethan Kelly Millom
15. Jamie Tracie Thatto Heath
16. Adam Jefferson Bradford Dudley Hill
17. Jack Jones Thatto Heath
18. Jack Green Latchford Albion
19. Tyler Craig Heworth
20. Lewis Sheridan Wigan St Cuthberts
English Lions Manager Andy Harland RFL
Team Manager Charlie Bray Milford Marlins
Head Coach Kelvin Lockett Bradford Dudley Hill
Assistant Coach Alan Davidson Cumbria
Assistant Coach Colin Phillips Thatto Heath
Assistant Coach Chris Baxter London
Physio Mark Smith Wakefield