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Joe Grima(pictured) has named a 12-man squad to represent Malta at the upcoming Orara Valley Sevens tournament in Coffs Harbour, Australia.
Malta will be led by ex Sharks NRL star Ben Sammut while the NRL Premier League will be represented through Newcastle Knights star Daniel Spiteri and Wests Magpies playmaker Ryan Borg in joining Parramatta Eels Jersey Flegg?s Simon Micallef in a strong lineup.
MRLA Spokesperson Anthony Micallef said Malta is fielding its best possible lineup, albeit no NRL players were released to represent the minnow nation.
?The Galea?s from the Tigers and Panthers, Vella from Parramatta and even Matt Gafa at the Raiders were all high on our selection list but their respective clubs couldn?t release them?I?m nothing less than confident that the team selected will produce 110% when they pull on the red and white?
?Ben Sammut will lead the boys well?add to that the abundance of talent we have from Premier League and Jersey Flegg and Malta?s going to give all the teams a go? Micallef said.
Maltese officials are confident of taking on all the big teams and won?t hold back, not even if they?re drawn to meet the Barbarians team that will be made up of ex NRL stars including Fittler, Girdler and ?Spud? Carroll.
?Bring them on, we?ll put it to them all? Micallef said.
?We?re going up there to do nothing short of winning the tournament?
2005 Orara Valley Sevens
TOFOG Sports Ground, Coffs Harbour-Australia
22nd & 23rd January 2005
Steven Azzopardi ?Seven Hills, Parramatta A Grade
Ryan Borg -Wests Magpies, Premier League
Paul Harris ?University, Illawarra Cup
Paul Galea ?Illawarra Cup
Willie Grech ?Sydney Bulls, Jim Beam Cup
Jeremy Lateo ?Burleigh Bears, QLD Cup
Paul Marzella ?Burleigh Bears, QLD Cup Simon Micallef ?Parramatta Eels, Jersey Flegg
Brendan Russell- Brothers, Mackay DRL
Ben Sammut ? -University, Illawarra Cup-Ex Sharks NRL
Daniel Spiteri ?Newcastle Knights Premier League
Matt Zammit ?Blacktown City
Head Coach- Joe Grima
Assistant Coach- Tony Farr Manager- Mark Sultana Trainers- Peter Cassar & Dallas Weston