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Emerging Lions Czech out

Emerging Lions, the first step on the BARLA International pathway are to embark on an eight day tour on the Czech Republic on the 26th June were they will play in two games as well as taking part in a Nines competition before returning
Emerging Lions Czech out
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Emerging Lions, the first step on the BARLA International pathway are to embark on an eight day tour on the Czech Republic on the 26th June were they will play in two games as well as taking part in a Nines competition before returning home on the 3rd July.

They are to play the Czech Youth on the 28th, Czech University Students on the 1st July and 24 hours earlier compete in the Pardubice Nines.

Stuart Prior BARLA Emerging Lions Manager said,

"BARLA has always been ground breaking and having setup new protocols with the RLEF the BARLA Emerging Lions have been invited to play in the Czech Republic against the Czech National Youth team, Czech Students and compete in the Pardubice Nines.

"With this credible invitation I am intrigued to see how they have progressed in this short period of time. The shear fact that they now have a national youth team and university team is testament to the hardwork put in by the RLEF officers based in Prague.

"As is the case with any BARLA tour the cost is fully funded by the individual but this year we have been fortunate to bring in a few partners who recognise the importance, and sense of wellbeing, that this can bring to our amateur youth system. I would personally like to thank Keel Supply, FS Nuclear Consultants, Unison, CMS Medical Supplies, BARLA and the Rugby League Foundation.

"Some of our players this year come from some of the toughest backgrounds in the UK and these very special companies and organisations have made it possible for these lads to fulfil ambitions they may never get the opportunity to do again. The lads will have some spare time to go and shop but this is a rugby tour for promotion of the game so sadly it's no holiday."

Andy Mulhall, CZECH Rugby League Development Officer,

"The tour of the BARLA Youth team provides the Czech Rugby League Association with an ideal opportunity to test its strategy of grass roots RL development against some of the best young players from the home of RL. The CZRLA is honoured to be hosting BARLA, a representative team from Great Britain with such an immensely strong & proud tradition of not only playing the highest quality of RL, but also of being diligent &enthusiastic cultivators of the game's international growth.

"Czech domestic RL development has made magnificent incremental strides over the last 3 years, and this has been largely on the back of the concentration on a legitimate 7 month domestic competition - which now includes 10 teams & 2 Divisions - in which the vast majority of player participants are young Czechs who represent clubs that are wholly community-based, financed & supported.

"The opportunity to field a CZRLA Youth & a Czech Universities Student teams, as well as a full national team for a European Bowl match in July, is an accurate reflection of both the domestic development of RL in the Czech Republic, and the demographic in which that development has most noticeably taken place.

"It is also a marvellous opportunity not just for abrader spectrum of Czech RL players to earn a national team appearance - 3squads of 20 players each will be announced prior to the BARLA tour commencing- but also provides further chances for Czech RL supporters to attend matches of a high standard. The CZRLA look forward to hosting BARLA Youth, and to providing such a high quality representative team with keen and motivated local opposition."

The BARLA Emerging Lions Squad:

Reece Parker (Shaw Cross Sharks), Matty Heaton (Dalton),Jack Connor (Saddleworth Rangers), Sean Mumberson (Cockermouth Titans), Lennox Green(West Hull), Danny Carney (Thatto Heath Crusaders), Matty Henson (CockermouthTitans), Travis Jones (Skirlaugh), Connor Holiday (Kells), Connor Johnson (Leigh East), Anthony Hutton (Wigan St Pats), Tom Goffatt (Askam), Ryan Hickman (Latchford Albion Unicorns), Josh Adu-Dwamaa (Leigh East), Alex Addy (Dewsbury Celtic), Ben Milburn(Kells), Will Gaunt (Shaw Cross Sharks), Alex Rudd (West Hull), Sean Kenny (Thatto Heath Crusaders), Jamie Phillips (Wath Brow Hornets), Brad Delaney (Dewsbury Moor), Tom Battye (Castleford Panthers), Mathew Gee (Orrell St James), Charlie Tomlinson (Wath Brow Hornets). Management: Stuart Prior (Tour Manager), Michael Johnson (Team Manager), Jackie Reid BARLA Vice Chair, Kevin Johnson Head Coach, Christopher Fisher Assistant Coach, Warren Turley (Referee), Laura Wilson Physio, James Stephenson Media Manager.

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