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Malta and Greece will meet in a rugby league international friendly at the Fairfax Community Stadium (Seven Hills) in Sydney?s west, on October 8.
Wests Tigers? John Skandalis for Greece and Parramatta Eels? Michael Vella for Malta are probables for the match that is expected to draw a strong legion of followers from the respective communities of Sydney.
Malta will use the match to experiment with the use of four Premier League players amongst ex NRL stars in the lead up to the Malta vs England ?historic first game of rugby league in Malta? match at Marsa in Malta two weeks later.
Greece could call on such NRL stars as Sharks? Jason Stevens and Bulldogs? Braith Anasta, but are expected to call up players who will continue to form the nucleus of the Greece national team, which will take the game of rugby league to Greece in the imminent future.
Greece have already named former Sydney Roosters and current English Super League star Michael Korkidas (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) and ex-NRL stars Jim Serdaris and George Gatis in a twenty-eight-man squad.
The match will provide Malta head coach Joe Grima with a good opportunity to trial positions for his squad with the tour to Malta in mind.
?our direction will be first-rate with Luke (Branighan) and Ben (Sammut) in the halves. Both are ex NRL players and know how to handle this level of rugby league? says Grima.
?The forwards will boast improved size and skill from our match against Fiji A last October??
?as it was in the Sevens? earlier this year, our back line will possess plenty of speed on the edges?
With Greece following on with past Mediterranean experiences in matches against Italy in past years, the match against Malta is being billed as a ?battle for the Mediterranean?.
The Maltese faithful are encouraged to be in full voice for the evening, to farewell the Maltese pioneers before they take the first step in introducing rugby league to the Maltese Islands.
The Knights, as Malta are known will attract their fare share of celebrity supporters to the Fairfax Community Stadium, including rugby league legend Mario Fenech, iron woman Candice Falzon and even NRL stars that will be unavailable to play in the main fixture on the night itself.
Pre-sale tickets are available from the following locations: Demons Sports Club; Reception- Seven Hills League & Legends- Blacktown Store La Vallette Social Centre- Blacktown Vic?s Produce-Orchard Hills Sewing Machine Warehouse-Penrith Gato?s Pastizzi-Carramar Hamrun Club- Marsden Park Breakaway Travel (Formerly Wonderland Travel)- Blacktown
Rugby League International Friendly MALTA vs GREECE Saturday October 8 Kick Off: 6pm Gates Open 4pm Fairfax Community Stadium Quinn Avenue, Seven Hills, Sydney-Australia
Related websites: www.malteserugbyleague.com www.greekrugbyleague.com www.demonssports.com.au