The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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The squad will be coached by Matt Elliott the Penrith Panthers Head Coach from the NRL in Australia, Terry Matterson from Castelford Tigers in Super League Europe, along with long time Tomahawks coaching staff Shane Millard and Ron Artingstall.
Gold Coast Titans star Matty Petersen will Captain the national team and be supported by star players from Super League Europe, Ryan McGoldrick and Shane Millard along with a number of foreign based professionals who will provide an exciting lineup to compliment the best talent from the American National Rugby League competition.
After a great 2007 domsetic season and a number of elite player assemblies, exciting 20 year old Wildcats forward Nick Isbrandtsen, team mate Curtis Cunz, and Bulls forward Bryan Confer will make their international debuts. Tomahawks veterans Marcus Vassilakopoulos, Danny Bull, Ed Woodbridge, will be joined by Will Brazier, Louis Tulio, Greg Stelutti and Ric Dortone to comprise the US based selections.
USA TOMAHAWKS 2007 RLWC QUALIFYING SERIES SQUAD: Matthew Petersen - Gold Coast Titans (Captain) Shane Millard - Wigan Warriors Ryan McGoldrick - Castleford Tigers Mark O'Hallaran - Penrith Panthers David Marando - Balmain Tigers Nathan Debartolo - Sydney Bulls David Myles - Gold Coast Titans Mark Cantoni - Easts Tigers Tyrone Coppedge - Souths Logan Ashley Lanfranchi - Byron Bay Eric Dortone - Aston Bulls, PA Louis Tulio - Philadelphia Fight, PA Will Brazier - Connectitcut Wildats, CT Edward Woodbridge - Aston Bulls, PA Bryan Confer - Aston Bulls, PA Marcus Vassilakopoulos - Aston Bulls, PA Greg Stelutti - Aston Bulls, PA Danny Bull - Connecticut Wildcats, CT Nicholas Isbrandtsen - Connecticutt Wildcats, CT Curtis Kunz - Connecticut Wildcats, CT
Wednesday, October 31 - Air Travel to England Thursday, November 1 - Team Assembly in England Sunday, November 4 - Warm Up match - USA v Cumbria in Barrow Friday, November 9 - RLWC Qualifier - USA v Samoa at Widnes - 5.45pm GMT If result is a loss - Team Departure on Saturday, November 10 If result is a Win - Wednesday, November 14 - USA v TBD at Wakefield Thursday, November 15 - Team Departure