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The BARLA Great Britain Young Lions will face the Australian Schoolboys in a two-match Test Series this August.
The Young Lions set off to Australia on August 5th and face a tough six-match schedule before they depart for home on August 31st. They last clashed with the Schoolboys in late 2002 and were on the wrong end of a 3-0 series whitewash.
The challenge presented by the Schoolboys is immense, highlighted by the fact that many former Australian Schoolboys have gone on to achieve full international honours, including players of the stature of Brad Fittler and Bradley Clyde. Incredibly, Braith Anasta, Mark Gasnier and Jamie Lyon who all toured England with the Australian Schoolboys in 1999, returned to these shores in 2001 for the Ashes Series between Australia and Great Britain, with centre Brent Tate making that years Test team against New Zealand.
Players Ade Adebisi, Louis McCarthy, Michael Worrincy (London Broncos) John Boland, Steven Grundy, Scott Robinson (Wigan St Judes) Luke Brindley (East Hull) Richard Cattley, Craig Fawcett, Stuart Kain, Danny Kirkmond, Gareth Whitehead (Stanley Rangers) Paul Crook, Chris Tyrer (Blackbrook) Scott Farmer, Scott Lofthouse (Kells) Richard Hulme, Luke Lee (Milford Marlins) Ian Madley (East Hull) Stuart Martin (Widnes St Maries) Ady Matthews (Eastmoor Dragons) Scott McAvoy (Hensingham), Liam Morley (Thornhill Trojans) Carl Redford (Leigh East) Martin Ridyard (Leigh Miners Rangers) Shaun Selby (Wigan St Patricks)
Management Joe Elliott (Manager) Tommy Taylor (Assistant Manager) Carl Briscoe (Coach) Steve Hunt (Assistant Coach) Tommy Graffin (Physio) Dr David Atherton (Team Doctor)
Game 1 Tuesday 10th August v Queensland Region Brisbane
Game 2 Saturday 14th August v Australian Schoolboys - 1st TEST Brisbane
Game 3 Wednesday 18th August v NSW Catholic High Schools Cabramatta
Game 4 Saturday 21st August v NSW Colleges Forbes, NSW County
Game 5 Wednesday 25th August v Northern Territory Darwin
Game 6 Saturday 28th August v Australian Schoolboys - 2nd TEST Darwin
(all kick off times to be confirmed)