Lions make changes for crunch

BARLA Great Britain Lions are to make three changes due to injuries from the side that beat the New Zealand Defence Forces..

Matty Rogers (Eastmoor Dragons) is out with a knee injury, Darren Mitchell (Thatto Heath Crusaders) has an ankle strain, whilst Paul Raftery has an injured an Achilles.

Paul Toole who missed the game against the Kiwis is also out of the squad with a chest infection.

Making their debuts for the BARLA Great Britain Lions are Craig Calvert and Paul Egan, whilst BARLA Player of the Year Terry Lynn replaces Mitchell at hooker.

The Lions go into the game against the professional French side full of confidence after their victory over the New Zealand Defence Force side.

The game was an excellent, physical win against tough opposition and was played on astro turf, as will the game on Thursday. A success against the French would see the Lions through to the final of the Victory Cup. Defeat would leave them sweating on the outcome of the France v New Zealand clash.

Team Manager Neil Baxter said," The seventeen are looking forward to the challenge and looking to go one better than last year and reach the Victory Cup Final."

BARLA Lions Team To Face France:

1. Carl Rudd (Wath Brow Hornets) 2. Craig Calvert (Wath Brow Hornets) 3. Gavin Corfield. (Wigan St Judes) 4. Paul Egan (Wigan St Patricks) 5. Chris Lee (West Hull) 6. John McMullen (Wigan St Judes) 7. Danny Kilshaw. (Leigh East) 8. Scott Teare (Wath Brow Hornets) 9. Terry Lynn (West Hull) 10. Paul Davidson (Wath Brow Hornets) 11. Dave Patterson (Leigh Miners Rangers) 12. Lee Wingfield.(Leigh East) 13. Tommy Goulden (Leigh Miners Rangers) 14. Carl Hughes (Stanley Rangers) 15. Dave Goddard (Army) 16. Carl Jones (Wigan St Patricks) 17. Mark Deans (Wath Brow Hornets)

Remaining Victory Cup 2004 Fixtures

Group A

12 May 2004 Russia v USA Kick Off:18.00, Moscow, Big Sport Arena

16 May 2004 Ireland v Russia Kick Off:16.00, Moscow, Big Sport Arena

Group B

13 May 2004 BARLA v France Kick Off: 17.00, Moscow, North Arena

17 May 2004 France v New Zealand Kick Off: 17.00, Moscow, North Arena

Victory Cup Final, 20th of May at the Big Sport Arena