SCOTLAND Under-19s must beat England for the first time when they meet at Swansea on Sunday if they are to keep their hopes alive of winning the Four Nations Championships. The Scots lost their opening game 34-28 to hosts Wales in Aberavon on Friday, despite five tries from Heriot Watt student Dougie Flockhart.
WORKINGTON Town forward Bryan Hendry, from Ardrossan, has been named captain of Scotland for Friday?s opening game in the European Under-19s Rugby League Championships against Wales in Aberavon. London Skolars? Keir Bell, formerly with London Broncos, is vice captain. Hendry trained with the full Scotland squad ahead of last November?s European Nations Cup clash with Ireland at Old Anniesland before signing for Workington where he has already played against Leeds Rhinos in the Powergen Challenge Cup.
ST Albans Centurions got their season off to a flying start with a 72-0 annihilation of St Ives in the RLC Cup at Woollams.
ST ALBANS CENTURIONS have invited amateur rugby league clubs from the game's heartlands to combine their trip to the Challenge Cup Final with an appearance at the MX9s tournament. The Centurions are hosting a qualifying event for the Middlesex Nines competition at their Woollams ground on Sunday 16 May 2004 and want clubs to call in on their way back home from Cardiff for an afternoon of entertaining nine-a-side rugby league.
ST Albans Centurions return to action this Sunday - February 29 - when they take on St Ives at Woollams at 2pm. Admission is free to see the first game in the Eastern Group of the RLC Cup, a pre-season competition in which St Albans play Hemel Stags and St Ives home and away. Cambridge have withdrawn from the tournament, leaving a blank weekend next week.
LONDON Broncos have named their squad for their final friendly of pre-season against London Barbarians at St Albans on Thursday night. Only Australian forward Mat Toshack is definitely out through injury. All the stars, including skipper Jim Symock and try-scorer supreme Dennis Moran are expected to play.
1 Paul Sykes
2 Jon Wells
3 Nigel Roy
4 Mark O'Halloran
5 John Kirkpatrick
6 Robert Purdham
7 Dennis Moran
8 Francis Stephenson
9 Neil Budworth
10 Steve Trindall
11 Mat Toshack
12 Steele Retchless
13 Jim Dymock
14 Andrew Brocklehurst
15 Mitchell Stringer
16 Joe Mbu
17 Tommy Haughey
18 Andrew Hart
19 Dave Highton
20 Radney Bawker
21 Rob Jackson
22 Lee Sanderson
23 Lee Greenwood
24 Andy McNally
After a training session at St Albans on Sunday, coach Peter Tonkin selected 22 players which will be reduced to 20 for the game tonight. They represent six different teams from the south-east and include several interesting names, not least Skolars' Vietnamese half-back Huy Lee.
Of the St Albans players, hooker Richard Smith captained the RLC Lionhearts last year; Matt Thomas used to play for the Broncos academy; Adam Cox played second grade for Adelaide Rams; Dene Miller was in the NL3 2003 Dream Team;
Graeme Lumley and Alex Murphy made their debuts in our Powergen Challenge Cup defeat at Birkenshaw and Alex hopes to be watched by his cousin, Penrith Panthers star Luke Rooney, tonight! Penrith play Bradford in the World Club Challenge tomorrow.
ALL SET FOR CLASH OF THE TITANS
ST ALBANS CENTURIONS RUGBY LEAGUE CLUB have been invited by the organisers of the MX9s (Middlesex Nines) competition to host one of two MX9s qualifying events at their Woollams ground on Sunday 16 May 2004.
LONDON Broncos romped to a 98-0 win over the London Barbarians at St Albans on Thursday night with a magnificent show of rugby league. The local side, comprised of players from National League 3 and 2 teams, was blown out of sight once the game had been held up for two floodlight failures caused by local power surges.
ST Albans has a week before the London Broncos stampede into town for their historic friendly against a London Barbarians XIII at Woollams. The game , next Thursday 12 February at 7.30pm, is certain to attract the biggest crowd ever for a rugby league match in St Albans and probably the biggest in Hertfordshire since Australia thrashed Samoa in the World Cup quarter-final at Watford in 2000.