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North Wales Crusaders are pleased to announce their inaugural Captain’s Golf Day partnered by Allington Hughes Law sponsors of North Wales Crusaders Captain Andy Moulsdale.

Join North Wales Crusaders and Allington Hughes Law in the prestigious Captain’s Golf Day on the Nicklaus Course, Carden Park. Teams of up to four and individual entries are invited at the cost of £50pp. The golf day will take place on July 5th 2013 at Carden Park, CH3 9DQ on the Nicklaus Course. Arrival is for 9.30am with the first tee time at 10.32am.

You will be greeted with tea/coffee and breakfast butties before embarking on the Nicklaus Course for 18 holes. As well as a fierce battle for both individual player accolade and the team title, there’ll be other challenges along the way such as the longest drive on the 4th hole and nearest the pin on the 16th. The day finishes with a lunch and presentations in the prestigious Jack’s Bar in the Clubhouse. No need to worry if you’re new to the game, there’ll be generous handicaps given to all players!

All proceeds go towards support of the club and the days designated charities AT Society and B.I.R.D.

For further details or to book your place please contact Hanna Clarke on 08432 896 407 / commercial@crusadersrfl.com

- See more at: http://www.mission2013.co.uk/allington-hughes-law-captains-golf-day/#sthash.n9bn0avL.dpuf

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8th June 2013

 

North Wales Crusaders Wheelchair Rugby League team narrowly lose against Bradford Bulls 26 - 27.

 

A very strong display from the North Wales side who were playing only their second ever competitive game. Although just missing the winning result the team can be justly proud of getting so close to last years Champions.

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Under 16 game launches exciting weekend
 
South Wales Scorpions’ coach Dave Clark is delighted at the amount of junior and development Rugby League games being played by the Scorpions and related WRL sides this weekend.

 

Clark, who has a dual role with WRL to help run the academy sides in South Wales, will be coaching Scorpions under 16s on Saturday as they take on the RFL Midlands regional academy at the University of Glamorgan Sport Park on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 2.30pm).

 

The two sides met last year at Caerphilly with the young Welsh side running out 40-14 winners.

 

It is the last scheduled game for the 16s until their big match against Wigan on July 25th so please come down and support them if you can. Admission is £3 for adults, free for children and programmes will be on sale.

 

At the same time on Saturday, the Scorpions’ under 20s travel north to face Keighley Cougars at Cougars Park. The match is part of a family fun day for the Yorkshire club and entry is free.

 

There is a big day at The Gnoll in Neath on Sunday which starts at midday when Neath and District Scorpions under 13s kick off their 2013 season when they take on Cardiff Demons.

 

The youngsters played friendly matches last year but in 2013 are competing in a three-team mini-league alongside two clubs from the capital - the Demons and Cardiff Spartans.

 

The Spartans and the Demons have already met once this season with the Spartans winning 56-12.

 

Then at 1.25pm, the fourth round of the South Wales Evening Post sponsored Primary Schools tournament takes place.

 

Waunceirch Warriors currently lead the table with 16 tries, followed by Crynallt Crusaders on eight tries.

 

Four matches are being held before the senior game between South Wales Scorpions and Oldham Roughyeds (kick-off 3pm) with another two at half-time.

 

Clark said: “We’re all delighted that so much is happening in South Wales in regards to local youngsters playing Rugby League.

 

“Everyone at South Wales Scorpions and Wales Rugby League are making a tremendous joint effort to develop the game down here and the two organisations are working together in a more positive way than I’ve seen for a long time.

 

“Sunday at The Gnoll will be a tremendous day. I’m pleased to see that we’ve adopted the local under 13s side who are able to call The Gnoll their home ground. Good luck to both them and Cardiff Demons, I hope it’s a well-fought match.

 

“As coaches and players we’ve really been enjoying watching the Primary School youngsters playing tag Rugby League on The Gnoll and we know they’ve been enjoying themselves too. There’s only a couple of weeks to go now before the national and local finals of the tournament and we’re really pleased that it’s been a success.

 

“So please come along to Treforest on Saturday and then Neath on Sunday for two great days of Rugby League.”

 

Sponsored by Rugby League and League Express newspaper, the Scorpions are holding a Father’s Day special at their match against Oldham Roughyeds on Sunday 16th June where families can enjoy the day at The Gnoll and have a carvery meal in addition to watching the big match.

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North Wales Crusaders Director Bob Wilson has been appointed Wales RL Team Manager as the build-up towards this year’s Rugby League World Cup continues to grow. Bob has been a board member since the launch as a Championship One club and was also instrumental in forming the club’s pioneering para-sport team which will form the nucleus of the national squad at next month’s Wheelchair World Cup, as well as many other community projects for the Crusaders in the North Wales region. Bob is a retired Police Superintendent who has served the police in many crucial roles across many platforms over a long career in the service.. Wales Rugby League’s Chief Operating Officer Chris Thair enthused: “We’re extremely fortunate to have someone of Bob’s calibre and experience already involved in Rugby League in Wales, so it was an easy choice for us to ask him to step up to this role with the national side.“Having led contingency planning on a national scale working with all emergency services and Government departments to respond to major incidents, his experience will prove to be extremely useful addition to our team.“The role of team manager is critical in any major tournament as the logistics of moving the squad across three training bases and three stadiums is intense.“It’s critically important that the coaching team are given the space to focus purely on on-field matters and that’s where a good support structure is essential”.Bob will now work closely with Wales national coach Iestyn Harris and his backroom staff in the run up to the World Cup, which kicks-off on October 26 at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium. Speaking about his appointment, he said “I’m delighted to be involved with Wales Rugby League at such an exciting time, working on the pinnacle tournament for the sport. As a proud Welshman there is nothing I’d like more than to help the team succeed this Autumn and I can’t wait to get started.”Wales will play Italy on the opening day of the World Cup in Cardiff which forms a double-header with the first game of the tournament between England and Australia. The Welsh squad then play the USA at Wrexham’s Glyndwr University Racecourse Ground on Sunday November 3 before their final group game with the Cook Islands at The Gnoll, Neath, on November 10. Should they win the group, Wales will then face the massive and exciting prospect of playing probably either England or Australia in the quarter-finals again in Wrexham. - See more at: http://www.mission2013.co.uk/crusaders-director-appointed-wales-team-manager/#sthash.xt0HE2KI.dpuf

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CENTRE Leon Brennan believes North Wales Crusaders have confirmed without doubt that they are the best team in Championship One.

Brennan celebrated Lewis Palfrey’s missed conversion, which handed Crusaders a 22-20 success over Oldham at The Racecourse on Sunday, by punching the air triumphantly.
The 26-year-old revealed the nature of his celebration came as a result of Oldham’s attitude earlier in the contest.
“It was good when they missed the kick at the end because they were being cocky at half-time when we were going in, they were really ‘geed up’,” he said. “They thought they were going to beat us so it was great to come back and get the victory. They were being cocky all game.
“At the beginning they said we were the two best teams in the league, but we’ve proven now that we are the best team in the league by far now.”
That’s not to say that Crusaders weren’t given an almighty scare by Oldham, who produced the best performance by an away side in Wrexham this term.
Crusaders are used to blowing teams out of the water on home turf, but Scott Naylor’s visitors forced the men in red to make uncharacteristic mistakes.
Brennan knows that he and his team mates were forced to dig deep in order to extend their perfect start to the Championship One season.
“A win is a win and we are seven from seven,” he said. “We just need to keep going because we make life difficult for ourselves sometimes.
“We just weren’t completing our sets, I think there were five sets on the bounce where we invited pressure and made it almost impossible to get the win.
“Oldham nearly took the victory away, but it in the end it was good to get the win and all of the boys were happy in the changing rooms.
“We knew it was going to be hard work and it was made even tougher going in behind at half-time.
“We showed great character to come back, but we don’t half make it difficult and I don’t know why that is. We obviously don’t like winning games easily.”
Having started the month with back-to-back home games Crusaders now face testing trips to Hemel Stags and Gloucestershire All Golds before promotion hopefuls Rochdale Hornets visit The Racecourse on June 30.
That clash in Wrexham is the Crusaders last league fixture before they tackle London Skolars in the Northern Rail Bowl final at The Shay on July 20.
And Brennan wants to head into the new-look club’s first ever final having won all five matches in June.
He said: “This is a hard month for us, we know what we need to do to win the next three games before we get a rest ahead of the final.
“We have an eye on that because it would be nice to get some silverware, but the league is what we want and we will keep working hard.”

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Dan Fleming says he must keep producing the goods for Castleford in order to earn a place in Wales' World Cup squad.

The Tigers back-row forward made his Wales debut against France 12 months ago after sending an email to head coach Iestyn Harris, informing him of his eligibility through his Welsh grandmother.

The initiative paid off, as did a similar move 12 months earlier when he contacted Castleford while playing for King Cross amateur club.

The 20-year-old made his Super League debut against London Broncos in March and has appeared in the Tigers' last three games under new coach Daryl Powell.

The youngster is now hoping to keep his spot in the Castleford team and push for a place in Harris' World Cup squad.

"It was the same again," he said. "I just sent an email and Iestyn asked me to come down to a training session.

"I got selected to play against France in a mid-season Test, which was a massive honour.

"I injured my knee and didn't play for the rest of last season so I was a bit shocked to get selected for the tri-nations series against England and France.

"It was a massive honour. I'd like to play in the World Cup and, if I can get some more Super League games in, hopefully I'll be up for selection."

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North Wales Crusaders fell to their first league defeat with an 18-10 defeat at the hands of Hemel Stags. The Wrexham-based side scraped a 22-20 victory over Oldham last weekend but, on the back of another high error count, there was no let off from the Stags as they turned around their recent dip in form. The sides were level pegging at 10-10 at the break, but after the restart Hemel’s defence stood strong as a unit and showed a decisive touch going forward when required. Hemel opened the scoring when, after being held up in-goal in the build-up, Ben Young sent a perfect kick to the right corner, which Mason Caton-Brown latched on to despite the attention of Rob Massam. The visitors did hit back immediately through Dan Birkett, who supported a Stuart Reardon break to finish in the right corner. Gary Middlehurst then collected a fine cut-out pass from Adamson to cross for his fourteenth try of the campaign. The tie dried out for the remainder of the half as both sides came up with a handful of errors, but Aaron Small sparked some life back in to the encounter as he intercepted an Andy Moulsdale offload to race the length of the field. There was no shortage of chances for Crusaders, but every one of note in the second half was bombed in what turned out to be a frustrating afternoon for the Welshmen. Rob Massam had a fantastic opportunity to score in the corner as he drove at the line, eventually being bundled into touch, before Gary Middlehurst also spurned an opportunity as he failed to collect Dave McConnell’s pass. BJ Swindells took advantage of Crusaders’ inability to take their chances as he notched on two points with a penalty goal to give his side the lead. And Mason Caton-Brown took the tie firmly out of North Wales’ reach when he showed great strength to touch down in the right corner on the hooter. - See more at: http://www.mission2013.co.uk/match-report-hemel-stags-18-10-north-wales-crusaders/#sthash.78wr3Np8.dpuf

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The news you have been waiting for came a step closer to being announced this afternoon.

Although I can't name names just yet, I'd like to record a big thanks to all involved, working very hard together to make sure everything starts off on the right foot and continues from then on.

PBC

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The news you have been waiting for came a step closer to being announced this afternoon.

Although I can't name names just yet, I'd like to record a big thanks to all involved, working very hard together to make sure everything starts off on the right foot and continues from then on.

PBC

 

:D

 

This is painful for us looking forward to the news!

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:D

 

This is painful for us looking forward to the news!

I know the feeling! Really been looking forward to this news.

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I know the feeling! Really been looking forward to this news.

 

Shall we have a guess:

 

1. New club?

2. Signing from Union?

3. Major sponsorship deal?

4. Recognition from Government?

5. A key component of the WAG PE syallbus?

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Shall we have a guess:

1. New club?

2. Signing from Union?

3. Major sponsorship deal?

4. Recognition from Government?

5. A key component of the WAG PE syallbus?

Could potentially be a new club, or something of an expansion for the Scorpions I.e. new owner or new stadium etc.

Something tells me it won't be a union signing, 3, 4 and 5 would all be great and may even be an all-in-one announcement as they could all link together somewhat.

I did have a random thought the other day however regarding an NRL club offering up x-amount of under 20 contracts to young Welsh players every year! Far fetched I know, but would be great news and exciting.

All in all however, I'm going with 3.

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Wheelchair Rugby League Bury Jigsaw 96 - 7 North Wales Crusaders

Here are some detail about the wheelchair game over the weekend.The scoreline looks a bit alarming, however, everyone still up beat as they faced a side full of England Internationals. Crusaders have been the only team this season to keep the score against Bury under 100 and are the only side to have actually scored a try against them this season. So plenty of positives to work on after now completing 3 competitive games.

 

Next up Mersey Storm Saturday 22nd June KO 13:30. Deeside Leisure Centre.

 

If you have not experienced wheelchair rugby league, why not come along and watch.

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Could potentially be a new club, or something of an expansion for the Scorpions I.e. new owner or new stadium etc.

Something tells me it won't be a union signing, 3, 4 and 5 would all be great and may even be an all-in-one announcement as they could all link together somewhat.

I did have a random thought the other day however regarding an NRL club offering up x-amount of under 20 contracts to young Welsh players every year! Far fetched I know, but would be great news and exciting.

All in all however, I'm going with 3.

 

That's actually a belting idea! PBC, get it sorted! ;)

 

Me too on the sponsorship.

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Wheelchair Rugby League Bury Jigsaw 96 - 7 North Wales Crusaders

Here are some detail about the wheelchair game over the weekend.The scoreline looks a bit alarming, however, everyone still up beat as they faced a side full of England Internationals. Crusaders have been the only team this season to keep the score against Bury under 100 and are the only side to have actually scored a try against them this season. So plenty of positives to work on after now completing 3 competitive games.

 

Next up Mersey Storm Saturday 22nd June KO 13:30. Deeside Leisure Centre.

 

If you have not experienced wheelchair rugby league, why not come along and watch.

 

Looks like a drop goal was scored. How is that done in Wheelchair RL?

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South Wales Scorpions coach Dave Clark believes that poor decision making cost them the game against Oldham Roughyeds on Sunday.

 

The Scorpions lost 36-32 thanks to a last minute Oldham try but did have chances to secure the game on a number of occasions before that and also sacrificed an early 16-0 lead.

 

But he knows that his side more than competed well against one of the competition’s front runners and it holds them in good stead for when they take on Oxford at The Gnoll next Sunday (kick-off 3pm).

 

Clark said: “I think we played really well in the first quarter where we attacked and defended the way we should have. I was feeling quite good at that stage. But we allowed them to walk up the pitch as we gave penalties away and allowed them to have repeat sets. It took it out of us conditioning wise and they capitalised on that. Oldham worked hard, they’ve got a good side and deserved to be in the lead at half-time.

 

“But I don’t think we know how to hold on to leads and we just need the right mentality. We need more confidence to react being in front when we’re playing a side of the same level as us like Oldham. That’s a big difference to us this year. I said to the boys after the game that I’m not going to say any more about games that we should have won. In general, we were a better side than Oldham on Sunday and we should have won.

 

“We actually won the second half 16-10 and for us to fight back showed a lot of character, but we blew three or four chances due to poor decision making, either a pass not made or going the wrong way. Joe Burke made a great break late on but Billy Sheen was waiting for the pass and if I saw that little rabbit next to me I’d have just given him the ball early and let him run. But there were other cases too that could have changed the game for us.”

 

Sheen, a new signing from North Wales Crusaders, came off the bench at half-time and played a strong 40 minutes.

 

However he only had one training session with the club before last Sunday’s game and Clark thinks that he’ll do even better with more time spent with the team.

 

“Billy showed his potential out there,” Clark said. “He did a lot of things out of his own playbook and that’s something that the boys will have to get used to. He creates well and in time he’ll be a very dangerous player for us.”

 

South Wales Scorpions v Oxford kicks off at 3pm on Sunday 23rd June. Preceding the match will be more junior games with Neath and District Scorpions taking on Cardiff Spartans at under 13 level at midday. This is immediately followed by the final round of the South Wales Evening Post sponsored Primary Schools Cup at 1.20pm. Tickets for the whole day cost just £12 for adults, £7 concessions, £3 for juniors aged 12-16 and free for children aged 11 and under.

 

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Kick-off times confirmed for Northern Rail Finals day

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The kick-off times for the Northern Rail Cup final and Northern Rail Bowl on Saturday July 20 have been confirmed.

Having secured their place at the Northern Rail Finals day by finishing top of their respective preliminary groups, Championship One clubs North Wales Crusaders and London Skolars will compete in the inaugural Northern Rail Bowl in front of the Premier Sports TV cameras at 2.30pm.

At the conclusion of that match, at 5.00pm, the ninth Northern Rail Cup final will take centre stage with two teams fighting to emerge victorious and take the trophy away from The Shay Stadium - home of the 2012 winners Halifax.

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Jonathan Davies 'didn't want to play for Wales' after league return
Jonathan Davies admits he did not want to play for Wales after returning to rugby union from rugby league in 1995.

Fly-half legend Davies was among the first players to return to union after it cast off its amateur status.

The popular television rugby pundit says in a new BBC Wales television documentary that he felt "past his best" by the time he returned to Wales.

"I was a lot slower and couldn't give to Wales what I gave maybe 10 years before," Davies admitted.

Davies was captain of Wales when he joined league side Widnes in December 1988 after winning 27 caps.

He made a further five appearances for his country after his return from rugby league, but admits playing for Wales had not been part of the plan.

"I didn't really want to play for Wales again to be honest," he said.

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  • Clubs: Trimsaran, Neath, Llanelli, Cardiff
  • Caps: 33
  • International points: 81

"Do you ever turn down playing for your country? No you don't. But no, I was past my best then.

"But it was nice to play for Wales again and have that adrenalin rush of going out again on the Arms Park. It was unbelievable."

The programme, Jonathan Davies: A Trimsaran Boy, which will be shown on BBC One Wales on Thursday, also outlines the circumstances of Davies' controversial and record-breaking move to the 13-man code.

His biographer, the respected Welsh journalist Peter Corrigan, claims the player turned his back on his dream of playing for the British and Irish Lions on their 1989 tour of Australia because he feared being dropped by Wales.

"His ambition at the time was to play for the Lions," said Corrigan.

"And he knew that team was being thought of by Ian McGeechan who had just been appointed the head coach.

"He [Davies] thought: 'I'm going to be dropped as captain by Wales and that's not going to help my Lions candidature'.

"And Doug Lawton, a very persuasive man who was in charge of Widnes, came down and caught him [Davies] on the hop."

Davies himself admitted that the fall-out from Wales' 15-9 home defeat to Romania on 10 December 1988 had been a major factor in his decision to accept Widnes' offer.

"I wasn't happy. I got blamed for that defeat and then all of a sudden the unthinkable came into my mind that I was going to get dropped [from] playing for Wales," he said.

"You know I've got no qualifications to fall back on, that's when the rugby league boys came down and there was an avenue out for me."

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  • GB caps: 10
  • Wales caps: 9
  • International points: 76 (GB); 75 (Wales)

Davies' subsequent move from rugby union for a then record fee of £230,000 sent shock waves through the Welsh game and subsequently led to several other high-profile internationals making the move to rugby league - including John Devereux and Paul Moriarty who joined him at Widnes.

Six years later, the trigger for Davies' return to Wales was his first wife, Karen, being diagnosed with cancer following the birth of their third child.

Davies already had personal experience of the disease after his father, Len, had died of cancer at the age of 44 when Davies was just 14 years old.

"I was in a quandary. I had three kids, my two daughters had been born up in Warrington and then my wife was diagnosed with cancer," Davies said.

"What did I want to do do? I wanted to come back to Wales and have the support of my family through that period."

He added that family and the experience of having dealt with bereavement meant he was better prepared to deal with Karen's death in 1997.

"I was prepared for it better because I'd lost my dad," said Davies.

"Although you're in the public glare, bereavement is a very private thing.

"The key is being strong, putting a public profile in place but then a different one when you're private.

"Being the dad, the man, you have to keep it going as normal as possible.

"Perhaps I did go off the rails a little bit I suppose, you know, in the drinking stakes but hey, sometimes you cope with it that way.

"But the discipline of TV schedules and kids going to school was the key to keeping me on that straight and narrow."

Today, Davies is an energetic charity fundraiser and president of the Velindre Hospital charity that has raised £7m in the past five years.

Jonathan Davies: A Trimsaran Boy is on BBC One Wales at 21:00 BST on Thursday.

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High Achievers 2013

 

The North Wales Crusaders have joined forces with the town’s Eagles Meadow shopping centre to recognise and reward young people who deserve a big pat on the back. Centre Christiaan Roets, 32, and Second Row Toby Adamson, 22, are spearheading the search with Kevin Critchley, the manager of Eagles Meadow. The competition is open to high school pupils up to the age of 16. The eight categories are Community Volunteer, Sporting Prowess, Academic Achievement, Creative Genius, Science and Innovation, Young Braveheart, One to Watch and Heart of Gold. All shortlisted entrants will receive a prize donated by retailers at Eagles Meadow with a main prize for the overall winner. The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony on July 18 at the Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium where the Crusaders play. Eagles Meadow Manager Kevin Critchley said : “We want to reward the young people of Wrexham who deserve some recognition for the good work they do or the selfless acts they carry out on a regular basis.“Young people can sometimes get a negative press and we want to change this and celebrate the many thoughtful, talented and bright youngsters who live all around us.”It was a sentiment echoed by South African Christiaan Roets who made the switch to North Wales from Welsh rivals South Wales Scorpions before the start of the 2012 season;“We’re very much a community club and we try and get involved with schools and charities as much as we can. I think the High Achievers scheme is a fantastic idea because it’s great to give recognition for the efforts young people put in.”Team mate Toby Adamson, a native of rugby league stronghold Warrington, came to the Crusaders midway through last season and is loving every minute of his time with the Wrexham based outfit. He said: “It’s awesome here. I love Wrexham because I also work for the club on the sponsorship side. Wrexham is a really nice place. Young people sometimes get a bad press but that’s just a very a small proportion reflecting badly on the others. I think the High Achievers scheme is a perfect way to recognise those that are really doing well and give young people their due whilst encouraging others to try even harder.”Crusaders Chief Executive Jamie Thomas was grateful for the support of Eagles Meadow in launching the High Achievers scheme. He said: “We want to recognise their achievements that sometimes go unnoticed, whether it is bravery or sporting prowess, their hard work and dedication, their efforts in the community or their educational achievements. The town’s really taken us to its heart and we’ve got the best fans in the league as far as I can see. Eagles Meadow is also an important part of the town so I think it’s great that the two come together to invest in our young people.”The competition is open to all secondary schools in the Wrexham area, if you are interested in nominating someone please visit www.highachievers2013.co.uk find it on Facebook or follow on twitter @HighAchieverWxm - See more at: http://www.mission2013.co.uk/high-achievers-2013/#sthash.tr6HCh14.dpuf

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Andy Powell backed to be big rugby league success

 

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ENGLAND rugby league head coach Steve McNamara has backed Andy Powell to be a huge success in Super League.

The 31-year-old signed a deal with Wigan in April and will join up with the Warriors, who are currently top of the Super League table, now that the Premiership season is over.

Powell rejected an offer to join the Crusaders back in 2010 but has agreed to join Wigan from Sale Sharks, completing a life-long ambition to play rugby league in the process.

Switching codes in rugby has long been part of the game but recent years have seen the majority of players, like Chris Ashton and Joel Tomkins, moving from league to union.

Not since the dawn of the professional era, when union lost some of their stars to league, have players been making that switch but McNamara is confident that Powell can have an impact.

“It is tough going from rugby union to league but I will say that to me Andy looks like he is made for rugby league,” said McNamara, speaking at the grant announcement of Gillette’s ‘Great Start’ programme for 2013.

“I think the physical attributes he has got means that he could be a tremendous asset to Wigan. He will have to learn the little intricacies of play and he is going to have to probably change his fitness routine a little bit.

“But the raw attributes to be a good league player he has certainly got and I think he will strengthen the Wigan side and the Wales side too.

“It does depend on which position he plays, outside backs transfer quite easily from one to the other but as a forward it is very different.

“Certain types of players can do it and Powell can. Andy Farrell went from loose forward in league to an outside centre in union.”

McNamara is currently in the midst of the biggest year of his management career as England prepare to challenge for the World Cup on home soil.

And he insists that preparation ahead of the marquee tournament could not be going better.

“Everything is ready to go, so we couldn’t be in better shape in terms of that and we’ve also got some very good players who are playing very well at this moment in time,” he added.

“So we’re looking forward to it, we understand the impact it can have on the whole game but for ourselves as coaches and players it’s just concentrating now on performance.”

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Buy a T-shirt to support Wales Wheelchair side South Wales Scorpions and North Wales Crusaders are supporting Wales Rugby League's international wheelchair side as they take part in the Festival of World Cups in July.

T-shirts are on sale to boost the budget for the tournament, with £5 out of the £10 sale price (plus postage and packing) heading directly to the side's budget, and we're selling them through our online shop.

Wales will face Ireland, Australia and England in the group stages between July 3 and 9 at Medway, Gillingham, before competing in the knock-out stages if they are to progress.

Please be aware that orders need to be placed by Sunday to receive in time for the tournament but they will still be available after that.

Please go to our club shop by clicking here to buy the T-shirt

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Primary Schools cup enters final group stages

 

South Wales Scorpions hold the final round of the group stages of their Primary Schools Rugby League Cup competition this Sunday from 1.20pm.

 

The matches take place before South Wales Scorpions’ Championship 1 match against Oxford which kicks off at 3pm.

 

The competition, which has been sponsored by South Wales Evening Post, has been a great success so far and has been competed with great enthusiasm all season between the six sides.

 

Commitments for Father’s Day meant that just three sides played matches at The Gnoll last week but all six are expected to take to the field this week to see not only who takes the four semi-final spots but who qualifies for the national rounds that have been organised by Wales Rugby League.

 

Last week’s scores were MN Crimson Crusaders 1 Cardiff Demons 0, Waunceirch Warriors 1 Cardiff Demons 0 and Waunceirch Warriors 1 MN Crimson Crusaders 0.

 

The fixtures for this week are…

 

1.20pm - 1

Gnoll Tigers v Crynallt Crusaders - longer game

1.20pm - 2

MN Crimson Crusaders v Team Tonnau - longer game

1.40pm - 1

Cardiff Demons v Waunceirch Warriors

1.40pm - 2

MN Crimson Crusaders v Crynallt Crusaders

1.50pm - 1

Cardiff Demons v Gnoll Tigers

1.50pm - 2

Crynallt Crusaders v Team Tonnau

3.40pm - 1

Gnoll Tigers v MN Crimson Crusaders

3.40pm - 2

Team Tonnau v Waunceirch Warriors

 

The first two games are double length as neither side has faced each other so far this season. After the last two games at 3.40pm, half-time of the Scorpions v Oxford game, all sides will have faced each other twice.

 

Sunday at The Gnoll kicks off at midday with Neath and District Scorpions taking on Cardiff Spartans at under 13 level. The Scorpions and the Spartans are joint top of the three team mini-league after each recording victories over Cardiff Demons. Last week, the Scorpions won 42-4 in, despite the high scoreline, was a competitive match.

 

Tickets for the whole day cost just £12 for adults, £7 concessions, £3 for juniors aged 12-16 and free for children aged 11 and under.

 

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Looks like a drop goal was scored. How is that done in Wheelchair RL?

 

Goal kicks and Kick Offs are taken from a high tee and a closed fist is used to punt the ball.  A more difficult skill (in my limited experience) is the drop out and drop goal, where the ball is dropped to the floor and 'kicked' with the hand, again usually a closed fist is used.  Its difficult to get the timing correct.

 

Try and get along to see a game.  Its a great experience. A game is 80 minutes, 5 players plus 3 interchanges. A tackle is complete when the ball carrier has one of the two tags removed from the shoulders of his/her shirt. The play of the ball must be proceeded by that player replacing the tag. Contact to reach the tags can be pretty full on!!.

 

There are Wheelchair World Cup games coming up soon.

http://www.rlwc2013.com/rugby-league-world-news/article/1017/festival-fixtures-revealed

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Scorpions sign former Leeds Rhinos Academy forward
 
South Wales Scorpions have signed former Leeds Rhinos academy prop or second row player George Clarke for the remainder of the 2013 season.

Highly rated by England’s Jamie Peacock during his six years with the Rhinos, the 20-year old spent the 2012 season in Australia playing for Northern NSW league side Casino RSM Cougars.

On returning to the UK, he signed for Pennine League Premier Division club Queens, who he helped to finish second in their winter 2012-13 season. He has more recently been playing for the club he grew up with, National Conference Division One side East Leeds. He has also represented Yorkshire at various junior levels.

Scorpions coach Dave Clark said: “George is a very talented forward and we’re really pleased to have signed him as we have been looking to strengthen our existing pack. He was highly rated during his time at Leeds Rhinos and he’s now looking for a new opportunity to progress in his career. He’ll get that at the Scorpions and I’m sure he’ll be a great asset to us.”

Clarke is in line to make his debut this Sunday when the Scorpions take on Oxford at The Gnoll in Neath (kick-off 3pm).

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Wheelchair Rugby League

 

North Wales Crusaders 24 - 121 Mersey Storm.

 

A hard day at the office for the Cru players, but it was good to see almost all Wales RL Wheelchair players on the pitch on both teams.

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