Thompson set
for Russian adventure

BARLA U23s assistant coach Kevin Thompson will be joining the BARLA Lions squad on their trip to Russia for this year's Victory Cup.

Leigh East coach Thompson, has been appointed by Lions Manager Neil Baxter and will fill the role of assistant coach as current incumbent Chris Middlehurst is unable to travel to Moscow.

Middlehurst will however, be back with the squad for their second trip of the summer as they travel down under to take on the Australian Aboriginals in June.

After the success of last year's inaugural Victory Cup in Moscow, where BARLA won the Victory Bowl, the Lions will be looking to again return home with some silverware and are keen to make it through to the Victory Cup Final, at Moscow's Olympic Stadium on May 20th.