Bretherton Receives Injury Boost

This week has continued to be a good one for the BARLA squad, who have continued to train hard in preparation for the game against the Redfern All Blacks. All the squad except for broken ankle victim Alex Bretherton is fully fit are raring to go.

However, there was good news regarding the injury. After visiting a consultant at the Prince of Wales Private Hospital, Bretherton, the Thornhill Trojans forward, was told he would not need to have the ankle pinned and should be back in training in three months time. Whilst on tour he will continue with daily physio from Trevor Wiseman to help speed up his recovery.

On hearing the news Bretherton said, "It was a relief that I didn't need an operation and I can go up to Gunnedah with the rest of the lads. Hopefully I will make a full recovery and can look forward to next season."

BARLA Great Britain Lions (to face Redfern All Blacks)

1 Lawrence Wildbore (West Hull) 2 Chris Lee (West Hull) 3 Paul Egan (Wigan St Patricks) 4 Carl Rudd (Wath Brow Hornets) 5 Carl Jones (Wigan St Patricks) 6 Danny Kilshaw (Leigh East) 7 Terry Lynn (West Hull) 8 Scott Teare (Wath Brow Hornets) 9 Gary Weymes (East Hull) 10 Paul Davidson (Wath Brow Hornets) 11 Anthony Broadhead (Thornhill Trojans) 12 David Patterson (Leigh Miners Rangers) 13 Tommy Goulden (C) (Leigh Miners Rangers)

Subs from: 14 Carl Hughes (Stanley Rangers) 15 Ashley Lindsay (Shaw Cross) 16 Lee Wingfield (Leigh East) 17 Gavin Last (West Hull) 18 Danny Tyrrell (Oldham St Annes) 19 Paul Raftery (Eccles & Salford Juniors) 20 Paul Toole (Blackbrook)

Australia Tour 2004 Fixtures

Game 1 - Tuesday 22nd June 10 v 22 Manly-Warringah A Grade Rep Side Manly, Sydney Kick Off: 2.30pm

Game 2 - Saturday 26th June 30 v 36 South West Metro Waratahs Hillier Oval, Liverpool, Sydney Kick Off: 2.30pm

Game 3 - Saturday 3rd July v Redfern All Blacks Erskinville Oval, Erskinville, Sydney Kick Off: 2.30pm

Game 4 - Saturday 10th July v Australian Aboriginals - TEST MATCH Kitchener Oval, Gunnedah Country, NSW Kick Off: 3.30pm

Game 5 - Wednesday 14th July v Combined North Coast Kempsey, NSW Kick Off: 3.00pm

Game 6 - Saturday 17th July v Combined Police/Corrective Services Venue TBA, Sydney Kick Off: 4.00pm