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West Indies will join 23 other teams after being confirmed as one of the successful applicants for the 2004 York Nines tournament to be held in June later this year. West Indies international sides FC Lezignan (France), Strela Kazan (Russia), South Asia Bulls, Les Hussards de Paris (France), Edinburgh Eagles (Scotland), Glasgow Bulls (Scotland), Montpellier X111 (France) and SO Avignon (France) against a range of different clubs and representative teams from all over England in the tournament.
The York Nines, which originated in 2002 to help solve a void in the ?limited? versions of Rugby League in the Northern Hemisphere has since grown into a premier event, drawing huge numbers of applicants. West Indies were fortunate to be one of the sides short listed, meaning the national team will compete in three different Nines tournaments this year, with the representative also being accepted into the Middlesex Nines (South England) and Rotterdam Nines (Holland).
The full list of teams competing in the 2004 York Nines are: FC Lezignan ? Corbieres* (France) York Ironsides Strela Kazan (Russia) British Army Royal Air Force York RUFC Les Hussards de Paris (France) South Asia Bulls Worcester Saints Carlisle Centurions Edinburgh Eagles (Scotland) Royal Navy Lancaster Cambridge Eagles Glasgow Bulls (Scotland) Bristol Sonics Montpellier X111 (France) SO Avignon (France) West Indies Bramley Buffaloes Newcastle Knights Academic Lions Essex Eels York University