THREE players will make their Test debuts when Eng

first_imgTHREE 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 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)last_img read more

FIVE Saints have been called into England Academy

first_imgFIVE 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 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.last_img read more

SAINTS youngsters reaped the praise of Head Coach

first_imgSAINTS 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.”last_img read more

In partnership with our new partner Simply Doughnu

first_imgIn partnership with our new partner Simply Doughnuts you can win big by competing in our tricky kicking challenge.Simply boot a rugby ball into a giant doughnut pot from a variety of distances to win:20m line – win 10 packs of Simply doughnuts.30m line – win x2 places in VIP hospitality for the next league game.40m line – for a chance to return at the final game of the season to kick again for the chance to win a car for the year from Chorley Nissan.At each game we will select a person at random from those who register to take part and you must be attending the fixture either as a Member or as a match ticket holder.Just email your name and contact details to [email protected] to enter.last_img read more

Irregular engagements and flaws highlighted by NAO at Mount Carmel

first_imgIrregular engagements, contractual design flaws and a weak contract management functions at Mount Carmel Hospital were among the deficiencies noted by the National Audit Office (NAO) following its review of the contract for outsourced services. Such deficiences  dilutevalue for money said the Auditor General Charles Deguara who on Wednesday presented the report  to Speaker Anġlu Farrugia. The NAO found that, as at time of writing of this report, MCH was acquiring this service through a one year negotiated procedure since a new tender was not awarded before the contract’s expiry in July 2018.More than double employedThe report noted that the contract under review originally called for the deployment of approximately 60 full-time equivalents (FTEs), but in fact 134 FTEs were deployed as at September 2018. Moreover NAO  found that 47 of these outsourced personnel, though engaged through a contract for clerical services, have been deployed to carry out non-clerical responsibilities, such as maintenance and security duties.This audit observed that, while personnel engaged through this contract and deployed to work as clerks are delivering an acceptable level of quality in their work, some of those deployed to carry out non-clerical duties are not meeting the expected level of service.This concern is accentuated by MCH’s management’s assertion that it was found extremely difficult to dismiss a number of non-performers given that it itself had referred them for engagement to the service provider.Contract not in line with proceduresThe NAO found the cleaning service was procured through a call for quotations even though it significantly exceeded the financial threshold for this method of procurement; no formal and documented contract was in place; a number of deployed personnel carried out tasks not related to cleaning duties; and the output of the outsourced personnel as well as the quality of the cleaning products being used at MCH were questionable.The full report can be read here.WhatsApp <a href=’” alt=”last_img” /> read more

More back office duties moved to Gozo

first_imgMGOZ / George ScerriMGOZ / George Scerri The Office of the Commissioner for Taxes in Gozo is giving a valid contribution to the Malta department as regards back office issues, as well as carrying out a full service in Gozo in all matters relating to VAT, income tax and inheritance among others.This was stated by Minister for Finance Edward Scicluna during a visit to the Gozo centre, which is located in Victoria.MGOZ / George ScerriAt present, the centre in Gozo is made up of 50 members of staff whose work includes VAT and grants on various schemes such as weddings and funerals, as well as all online submissions made by notaries based in Malta and Gozo.Minister Scicluna explained initiative of this kind is in line with the government’s principle that Gozitans are able to do work in Gozo without any extra inconvenience.In 2017, every economic sector Gozo recorded an increase in jobs; with the biggest increases recorded in the professional, scientific and technical jobs, as well as the management and support sectors where they reached almost 30%, whereas in the information and communication sectors, growth reached almost 25%.MGOZ / George ScerriMinister for Gozo Justyne Caruana was also present for this visit. She commented that centres such as these not only create jobs for Gozitans, but also increase the range of services available to the Maltese population.“We are seeing that a single project can serve two functions; consequently, it is the government’s commitment to continue working to increasing these types of initiatives. The Ministry is committed to continue to open more offices along well with a review of the agreement we have with various ministries and other authorities to enable us to give better service to the public in Gozo,” she said.Minister Caruana added that the coming weeks will see the start of renovation work at the Ministry for Gozo, including the Department of Inland Revenue.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more