THREE players will make their Test debuts when England face France in Friday’s international in Avignon, kick-off 7.45pm.England coach Steve McNamara confirmed debuts for Castleford Tigers half-back Rangi Chase, who will start the match at scrum-half partnering Leeds Rhinos Kevin Sinfield in a strong half-back combination.Brisbane Broncos’ Jack Reed will make his first international start after being named in the centres alongside Hull FC’s Kirk Yeaman, who will be making his first international appearance since November 2007 when he played for Great Britain in a 28-22 victory over New Zealand in Wigan. Wests Tigers Chris Heighington is the third debutant and will start the game at loose forward, with Warrington Wolves Ben Westwood and Wests Gareth Ellis making up the rest of the back row.“The players have trained really well all week and we are looking forward to taking on France as we continue our preparations ahead of the Gillette Four Nations,” said national coach Steve McNamara.“The make-up of the side looks very exciting, with the right blend of youth and experience. There is a great opportunity for the players to really push on and stake a claim for a start against Wales the following week.“I have also been pleased with the attitude of the players that haven’t made the side this week. They are working hard in training and will come into contention as the Four Nations gets underway.”England start their Gillette Four Nations campaign on Saturday October 29 when they take on Wales at Leigh Sports Village (2.30pm) with tickets priced at just £10 adults and £5 concessions.The tournament moves to Wembley Stadium on Saturday November 5 when Wales face New Zealand at 1.00pm before England clash with Australia at 3.30pm.England’s remaining game against New Zealand will be played at the KC Stadium in Hull on Saturday November 12 (6.00pm) and tickets are priced from £20 adult and £10 concession.The 2011 Gillette Four Nations final will be played at Elland Road, Leeds on Saturday November 19 (6.00pm) and tickets are priced from £20 Adult and £10 concession.Tickets for the 2011 Gillette Four Nations can be purchased by calling 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.ukThe England team:1 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats)2 Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos, Oulton)3 Jack Reed (Brisbane Broncos, South Logan Magpies)4 Kirk Yeaman (Hull FC, Myton Warriors)5 Tom Briscoe (Hull FC, Featherstone Lions)6 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos, Waterhead)7 Rangi Chase (Castleford Tigers, Dannevirke Tigers)8 Jamie Peacock © (Leeds Rhinos, Stanningley)9 James Roby (St Helens, Blackbrook)10 James Graham (St Helens, Blackbrook)11 Gareth Ellis (Wests Tigers, Lock Lane)12 Ben Westwood (Warrington Wolves, Normanton)13 Chris Heighington (Wests Tigers, Umina Bunnies)14 Gareth Widdop (Melbourne Storm, King Cross)15 Adrian Morley (Warrington Wolves, Eccles)16 Jamie Jones-Buchanan (Leeds Rhinos, Stanningley)17 Jon Wilkin (St Helens, East Hull)
FIVE Saints have been called into England Academy squad for the match against the Australian Institute of Sport at Leigh Sports Village on Sunday December 4 (3.00pm).England Academy coach Dave Elliott guided his charges to a 2-0 series win over the Australian Schoolboys last autumn and he’ll be hoping to see that success continue this year when the AIS arrive at Leigh.“We’re all very excited about getting back into camp and preparing to take on some of the best young players in the world,” he said. “We’re very excited about this group of players and because they are Under-17 instead of Under-18, it will be interesting to see how they cope with making the step up to the Academy level.“It’s a massive test for our lads and even more so because they’ll be playing against lads who are 18 and 19, but we have a lot of belief.“There’s been a feel-good factor in the Academy set-up which started after the series win last year and it’s had a domino effect since then. The new players in the squad have really picked up on that and we want to keep the momentum going now and take it into 2012.“The AIS are a talented outfit. They beat the French Under-17s 40-12 last week and they’re playing the French Under-19s as well so they will have some match practice before they play us. They’ll be a strong and powerful outfit, which is exactly what you’d expect from an Australian team, but we’ve got plenty of talent at our disposal as well.”England Academy Under-17 Squad:Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves, Golborne Parkside)Connor Farrell (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats)Connor Spencer (Bradford Bulls, Hunslet Warriors)Danny Yates (St Helens, Waterhead)Dom Speakman (St Helens, Widnes St Maries)George Williams (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats)Greg Richards (St Helens, Ulverston)Greg Wilde (St Helens, Golborne Parkside)Jack Cockerham (Bradford Bulls, Castleford Lock Lane)Jack Owens (Widnes Vikings, Farnsworth Hornets)James Cunningham (Hull FC, East Hull)James Duckworth (Leeds Rhinos, Whinmoor)James Saltonstall (Warrington Wolves, Siddall)John Bateman (Bradford Bulls, Dudley Hill)Jordan Baldwinson (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors)Liam McAvoy (Bradford Bulls, Broughton Red Rose)Luke Briscoe (Leeds Rhinos, Featherstone Lions)Mark Percival (St Helens, Halton Hornets)Mike Learmonth (Warrington Wolves, Hunslet Warriors)Sam Doherty (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Hunslet Warriors)Stevie Ward (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors)Tickets for the match are available the ticket office, online at www.leighsportsvillage.co.uk/tickets or by calling 01942 487888. Price: Adults £3, concessions £2. On matchday, cash turnstiles will be in operation. For ticketing enquiries please contact 01942 487888.Hospitality for the match is available at a cost of £14.99 per person. For further information or to book, please contact 01942 487830.
SAINTS youngsters reaped the praise of Head Coach Nathan Brown following the 48-18 win over Castleford Tigers.Joe Greenwood scored a brace in the win whilst James Tilley became the sixth Academy product to make his debut for the club in 2013.“The young lads did really well,” he said. “They are following the example of the older blokes like Paul Wellens and Jon Wilkin well. They both set a good standard, don’t look for excuses and the young kids go on the back of that.“The key was though to keep the same 9, 7, 6 and 1 together for two consecutive games. Wello will always do a solid job for us and Wilko had control of the game too. Makinson made some improvement at full back and organised the line very well. I also thought Stuart Howarth gave is a lot of improvement – his effort and attitude was terrific.”He continued: “We needed to start well as it is Easter Monday, we’re at home, and they have been on the bus for a while. We got repeat sets early and made it tough for them. But the last 20 minutes showed what type of footy Cas can play when they gel together.”Saints lost Josh Perry in the match – after he scored two good tries – but there won’t be any update on the extent of his injury until later in the week.“Things haven’t gone to plan with injuries,” Brown added. “But on the upside it has given the chance for different people to have a turn. Mark Percival, James Tilley and Joe Greenwood have come in and done well.“Lance Hohaia should be fit next week but apart from that there isn’t anything in the short term. We are going week by week at present but the key is we have to try and keep the key positions sound.“It was our defence that let us down on Friday; our offence went well I the second half and I always thought we would do well today. We improved in a number of key areas.”
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Nearly a decade ago some areas like Greenfield Street on the outskirts of Downtown Wilmington were not a place people say they wanted to be.“Ten years ago for those of you who have been in town, you may remember coming down 3rd street here as you’re coming into town and you’re kinda like not wanting to look to the left as you passed here,” New Hanover County Commissioner, Rob Zapple said. “You know, the old Nesbitt Courts were abandoned, it was beat up. This area here was just an industrial park that frankly was not very attractive.”However, that is not the case anymore.Related Article: Leland man wanted for allegedly hitting bicyclist“I really love living in a neighborhood that’s super friendly, feels extremely safe, I love the gated community,” South Front Rental Community Resident, Shamari Pratt said.Tribute Properties turned the old Nesbitt Courts housing project, which was once condemned, into modern homes. It has been key in helping develop the area near Greenfield Lake, opening South Front II.“Beyond the aesthetics we want to maintain the historical integrity of it all,” South Front Regional Director, Molly McDonough said. “It’s really important to us as a company and also as citizens of Wilmington to make sure we’re doing bigger and better things for our community.”The property used to be the Block Shirt Factory.“The warehouse floors still have the paint marks, and we left that because it add that character,” McDonough said.The warehouse giving it a mix of what developers call vintage charm and urban sophistication.“I really like phase II. Actually when I redo my lease, I might move over to phase II honestly. My apartment is great but they’re just constantly improving the quality, improving the space, and I think it’s going to be a great apartment complex,” Pratt said.South Front II has a total of 54 apartments, but only five of those are still up for grabs. If you are interested, click here. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — More than 100 people celebrated the grand opening of Wilmington’s South Front II, a new housing development. But, it is not just another apartment complex, it is a development in an area in the midst of revitalization.Wednesday Tribute Properties hosted a block party to ring in the new expansion. The event gave people a chance to see how much work developers have done to turn this particular area of the Port City around.- Advertisement –