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The Jets will make their presence felt at the Rugby League World Cup

For a small Rugby League club with limited resources and no licensed club of its own, the Newtown Jets will be making quite an impact in the Rugby League World Cup tournament.
The Jets will make their presence felt at the Rugby League World Cup
by rleague.com

For a small Rugby League club with limited resources and no licensed club of its own, the Newtown Jets will be making quite an impact in the Rugby League World Cup tournament that starts in England and Wales this weekend. The feisty Jets, the oldest club in Australia, will have no fewer than 30 current and past players appearing in the World Cup spread across 11 different national teams.

Long-serving club director Terry Rowney says, “The large number of Jets alumni appearing in the 2013 World Cup is ironclad proof as to how well Newtown’s partnership with the Sydney Roosters is working, and what a productive role the Newtown club has and continues to play in the development of so many young players. Many of these former Jets youngsters have gone on to play in the NRL and UK Super League competitions.”

The Jets have one former player in the 2013 Australian World Cup squad, the mercurial Sydney Roosters back-rower Boyd Cordner, who turned out in Newtown’s famous royal blue colours in 2009 and 2011. There are a total of 8 players with Newtown Jets heritage in the Cook Islands World Cup squad, 5 in the Samoan team and 4 in the Tongan line-up. There are even 3 former Jets lads named in the Scottish contingent. The only countries out of the 14 tournament participants where there is no Newtown representation are the English, Welsh and French squads. The Tongans are coached by a former Jets front-rower in Charlie Tonga and the USA team is coached by Terry Matterson, the younger brother of Newtown Jets head coach Greg Matterson.

As Terry Rowney concludes, “This discussion could be seen as a bit of a sports trivia exercise in identifying how many players in the World Cup have played with Newtown in 2013 or a previous year. The reality is that this is all related to the Newtown Jets having established a strong niche for themselves in the VB NSW Cup competition, which is quite rightly viewed as a high standard second-tier level of Australian and New Zealand Rugby League. The Jets have built up a sizable and devoted following at Henson Park and are seen as an important part of the sporting and social fabric of inner-western Sydney."



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