The England-Midlands Under 18s will depart for Belgrade, Serbia, later today where they will face Germany Under 18s and Serbia Under 18s at the Rugby League European Federation Youth Festival.
The Midlands team played at the same event in 2012 where they faced Lebanon and Serbia.
“We are delighted to be undertaking this tour for the second time,” explained David Butler who will manage the tour.
“The experience in 2012 left a lasting impression on many young players who transitioned to the adult game and I am sure that it will be the case this year too.
“The importance of growing the game in Europe cannot be underestimated and the entire touring party is aware of the role they are playing in doing so.
“We are delighted to be giving the Germans and the Serbians the opportunity to expand their playing programme and the players and staff are delighted to be representing English Rugby League at the event.”
The touring party consists of 19 players and 5 staff, with seven of the region’s clubs represented. All players and staff have raised their own funds to take part in the tour.
In addition to the two matches, members of the squad and management will assist in coaching and match officials seminars and the squad will also be guests of the British Embassy to assist in promoting British products and culture at a festival taking place in the city.
David McFarlane, Charge d’Affaires at the British Embassy in Serbia has taken a keen interest in the squads involvement, sending the squad a good luck message ahead of the visit.
“The Rugby League European Federation Under 18s Tournament is fast becoming a regular and important international fixture” he said.
“I am delighted that a European tournament of this standing will again take place in Belgrade.
“This is a testament to the growing popularity of Rugby League in Serbia and the talent of the coaches and all the young athletes involved.
“It gives me particular pleasure to welcome the British team from the Midlands. I wish them every success for their trip to Belgrade and good luck for the tournament.”
Friday August 16
Serbia v Germany (6pm)
Saturday August 17
England-Midlands v Germany (6pm)
Sunday August 18
Serbia v England-Midlands (6pm)
England-Midlands Touring Party
Sean Roberts (Coventry Dragons)
Sam Ball (Coventry Dragons)
Reece Needham (Coventry Bears)
Connor Slater (Coventry Bears)
Joe Gregory (Birmingham Bulldogs)
Will Cox (Leamington Royals)
Ieuan Jones (Nottingham Outlaws)
Sam Shepherd (Birmingham Bulldogs)
Adam Bromley (Birmingham Bulldogs)
Harry Marks (Coventry Bears)
Lewis Flack (Leicester Storm)
Jack Pearce (Derby City)
Daniel Hyams (Nottingham Outlaws)
Joe Frobisher (Nottingham Outlaws)
Jamal McKenzie (Nottingham Outlaws)
Peter Wilson (Nottingham Outlaws)
Zak White (Nottingham Outlaws)
Samuel Chalkin (Derby City)
Joolz Masters (Nottingham Outlaws)
James Carter (Coach)
Dan Poulton (Coach)
Kane Krlic (Coach)
David Butler (Tour Manager)
Danny McNeice (Tour Manager)
Updates will be available throughout the event on Twitter @MidsRugbyLeague