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ALL SET FOR CLASH OF THE TITANS
St Albans Centurions coach Peter Tonkin has named a 22-man London Barbarians squad for the clash with London Broncos at St Albans on Thursday night. It includes six Centurions and players from London Skolars, Hemel Stags, South London Storm, West London Sharks and Ipswich Jets. Among the Centurions are new signings Alex Murphy and Graham Lumley, both of whom made their Cents debuts in the Challenge Cup defeat at Birkenshaw in November, former Adelaide Rams second grade forward Adam Cox, ex RLC Lionhearts captain Richard Smith at hooker and last season's top tryscorer and local lad Dene Miller. Among the most interesting names in the Barbarians squad is Skolars stand-off Huy Lee, the first Vietnamese player to play professional rugby league in England! Tonkin will cut the squad to 20 for the night.
The squad is in positional order: Barry John Swindells -Fullback (Hemel) Charlie Oyebade -Fullback (Skolars) Micheal Okwusogu -Wing (Skolars) Joel Osbourne -Wing (Skolars) Gavin Caloo -Wing (Sth London) Carl Zaacharow -Centre (Sth London) Dene Miller -Centre (St Albans) Phil Aiken -Centre (Hemel) Ed Bayliss -Centre (Skolars) Matt Thomas -Centre (St Albans) Huy Lee - Stand off/Hooker (Skolars) Sam Bradnock -Half/Standoff (Skolars) Dave Harries -Half/Stand off (Wests) Al Rideout - Prop (Sth London) Mark Manito - Prop (Hemel) Alex Murphy - Prop (St Albans) Richard Smith - Hooker (St Albans) Brendan Cook - Prop/2ndrow (Ipswich) Stephen Green - 2nd row (Skolars) Graham Lumley - 2nd row (St Albans) Adam Cox - Loose forward (St Albans) Mark Cantoni - Loose forward (Skolars)
While the Barbarians were having their first training session together on Sunday, London Broncos prepared with a 26-12 defeat against Wigan Warriors in Terry O'Connor's testimonial match at Orrell. Having started the game with an all-English team for the first time in the club's 24 year history, Australian stars Dennis Moran, Jimmy Dymock, Matt Toshack and new signing Andrew Hart could all be in action in St Albans on Thursday.
Tickets on the night are ?5 (adults), ?1 (juniors/OAPs) and ?7 (VIP Players Bar tickets). For companies still wishing to attend the business reception before the game, contact Jayne Hale at [email protected] or call the Centurions Box Office on 01438 351847.
ROAD BLOCK! Fans are warned to leave plenty of time to get to Woollams for the 7.30pm kick off due to roadworks on Harpenden Road forcing a detour via Redbourn for north bound traffic. Details of the diversion and advice will published on Wednesday.
The curtain-raiser - the Powergen Champion Schools Year 7 Southern final between Cavendish School (Watford) and Feltham kicks off at 6pm.
Fans at Woollams will be able to utilise indoor and outdoor bars selling hot food, soft and alcoholic drinks, buy souvenirs at two merchandise stalls, admire the Skoolgirls cheerleaders and sign upfor the Cents lottery!