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USA TOMAHAWKS CHASING WORLD CUP GLORY
With the final stages of the Rugby League World Cup Qualification rounds to be played in November, 2007 the USA Tomahawks will begin preparing for the next qualification round against the mighty pacific nation of Samoa. Selected players will assemble in Philadelphia on May 19 and 20 as part of the USA Tomahawks Elite Player Mini Camp One, which will be the first phase of three mini camps throughout the season to identify and evaluate the elite rugby league players in America. The second mini camp is scheduled for Manhattan on July 9 and 10, with a third and final camp to be coordinated at the end of the AMNRL season in September. Each mini camp will allow the AMNRL coaching staff to review player conditioning levels, individual skills, group work/drills and evaluate full speed/live contact matches in an effort to select the best local talent to represent the USA in it's quest to reach the Rugby League World Cup in Australia, 2008. Along with the players selected from the domestic American National Rugby League competition will be available players eligible to represent the USA via birth, parent or grandparent rule which will develop a competitive squad for the coming international program. Among those available playing in overseas professional competitions are:- Clint Newton (Newcastle Knights NRL Australia) Matt Petersen (Gold Coast Titans NRL Australia) David Myles (Gold Coast Titans NRL Australia) Mark O'Halloran (Penrith Panthers NRL Australia) Shane Millard (Wigan Warriors SLE England) Jon Wells (London Harlequins SLE England) Brandon Costin (Souths QLD Cup Australia) Ashley Lanfranchi (Souths QLD Cup Australia) Mark Cantoni (Easts QLD Cup Australia) Nathan De Bartolo (Sydney Bulls NSWRL Australia) Rugby League fans in America and around the world will be able to follow the development of the USA Tomahawks squad in it's quest for World Cup glory through regular news updates over the coming weeks as players are prepared for the exciting season ahead.