Students prepare for Test Series
The Great Britain Students Rugby League side are making their final preparations ahead of a two game Test Series against Australian Universities which is scheduled to kick off on Sunday.
The first Test Match at Leigh Sports Village is scheduled to kick off at 2pm and Great Britain will be heading into it full of confidence after triumphing in their two warm up fixtures.
Great Britain Students Head Coach Paul Fletcher said: “It’s going to be a very close series as Australian Universities boast some very talented players.
“But I feel our boys are better prepared than ever after two tough warm up games and our training camp at Liverpool University.
"Our forwards are working very well and we are forging some excellent combinations in attack, so the signs are very positive.”
Rochdale's Town team provided the first competition for the Great Britain Students team, losing out 42-18, before Combined Services provided a thorough work out in an entertaining game at Cheltenham which the students won 38-12.
The second Test Match is scheduled to be played at the Prince of Wales Stadium in Cheltenham on Wednesday night kicking off at 7.30pm.
The Australian Universities team have prepared for the series by triumphing over a France select XIII in Paris on November 23 and beating a French Universities side 30-26 three days later on Friday November 26 at stade Mercier, Cobeil Essonnes, Paris.
They also defeated a Combined Services team in Portsmouth on Wednesday night.
Great Britain Students
Jack Sampson (Leeds Met Carnegie)Patrick Evans University of Gloucestershire)Kris Wilkes (Llandrillo College)John Paxton (Leeds Met Carnegie)Matt Garside (Northumbria University)Dan Kerr (Loughborough University)Harry Mostyn (Loughborough University)Jy’mel Coleman (Leeds Met Carnegie)Pat Smith (Sheffield Hallam University)Nigel Scott (Leeds Met Carnegie)Mark Wool (Loughborough University)Michael Sykes (Leeds Met Carnegie)Adam Scott (Leeds Met Carnegie)Laurence Pearce (Bishop Burton College)Liam Gilchrist (University of Central Lancashire)Andy Marsh (Manchester Met University)Kris Hodson (c) (Leeds Met Carnegie)Joe Walsh (Leeds Met Carnegie)John Horton (Leeds Met Carnegie)Lee Hudson (Edge Hill University)
Coach: Paul Fletcher
Jarrod Biggs (Queensland University of Technology)Cameron Breust (University of Canberra)Tommy Butterfield (University of the Sunshine Coast)Michael Comerford (Central Queensland University)Martin Cordwell (Queensland University of Technology)Drew Dalton (University of Western Sydney)Anthony Don (Newcastle University)Levi Freeman (Master Builders Association Training Centre Canberra)Michael Gavan (Newcastle University)Joshua Goulton (University of Wollongong)Adam Hansen (University of Technology Sydney)Hillal Kara-Ali (University of Western Sydney)Luke Kelley (Australian Business Academy Sydney)Simon Lakis (Australian College of Physical Education Sydney)Luke Muttdon (University of Wollongong)Paul Salamakis ( McDonalds Training Department, Sydney)Mitch Seaton (Charles Sturt University Albury)Daniel Sleeman (Griffith University)Brenton Stonier (Central Queensland University)Gary Windass (Meadowbank College)Darcy Wright (Queensland University of Technology)
Coach: Grant Stephensen
Great Britain Students v Australian Universities (1st Test) Sunday December 5 Leigh East ARLFC KO 2pm
Great Britain Students v Australian Universities (2nd Test)Wednesday December 8Prince of Wales Stadium, Cheltenham KO 7.30pm