THE latest edition of the Saintsrlfc.com Podcast is now available to download.It features lengthy interviews with Royce Simmons and Michael Shenton and can be downloaded from iTunes by searching for St Helens RFC.You can also listen here.
SAINTS will be well represented at the forthcoming Rugby League World Cup.So far Anthony Walker (Wales), James Roby (England), Anthony Laffranchi (Italy) and Willie Manu have been named in ‘final’ squads with Mose Masoe selected in the Samoa train on roster.And Josh Jones, Jonny Lomax and Tommy Makinson have been given the nod in England Knights’ 19-man squad for the upcoming friendly against Samoa at Salford City Stadium on Saturday October 19.Langtree Park will also play host to Australia v Fiji on November 2 in a Group A match.It kicks off at 8pm and tickets are on sale from www.rlwc2013.comMeanwhile, the semi-finals and final of the Year 6 Touch Rugby League Liverpool World Cup will take place before and at half time of that match.Leamington Community Primary School will face St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Primary School whilst Gilmour Junior School play Margaret Mary’s Catholic Junior School.
NATHAN Brown says despite Catalan Dragons recent run and injury list, Saints can’t show them any pity on Friday.The French outfit sit 0 from 4 on the league ladder and are decimated by injury and suspension.But Saints’ Head Coach pointed to their quality and said he expects an epic contest – especially in the early stages.“The likes of Scott Dureau, Ian Henderson and Daryl Millard are all good players who played well under Trent Robinson but are long term injured,” Brown said. “They’ve lost players to suspension too and those players are hard to replace.“But they have some capable lads there – Zeb Taia and Jeff Lima for example. For the first 20 minutes they will rip into us and we will have to play well to give ourselves a good chance.“They have big strong men in the centre of the field and it will be hard.”Brown says Saints should be healthy for the clash but Mark Percival will miss the match with a leg injury. Mose Masoe will retain his place in the side and there could be a call up for Anthony Walker.“It’s difficult to leave players out who are experienced and working hard, but that’s the situation we’re in,” he added. “We left Anthony Laffranchi out on Friday and he is training well and helping the team off the field too.“But we have big Al (Alex Walmsley) and Kyle Amor going well whilst Mose needs to be playing. Anthony Walker has been playing superb too and deserves a chance as does Mark Flanagan.“We’d expect Mose to improve week on week and last Friday he did what we expected of him. He came over with a reputation and Hull KR’s forwards really challenged him.”Saints host Catalan Dragons this Friday (8pm).Tickets are now on sale for the game from the Ticket Office at Langtree by calling 01744 455052 or by logging on here.
LIZZIE Jones has been shortlisted for the prestigious Inspirational Woman of the Year award by the ITV show Lorraine.It is in recognition for her work campaigning for compulsory cardiac screening in the Championship and League 1, and fundraising through the Danny Jones Defib Fund, which has so far installed defibrillators in 32 community and junior clubs.You can vote by calling 03301 236201Lines close at 10am on Monday October 17.
It was hardly what anyone wanted, but with a blank weekend ahead the head coach has given his squad time away to recuperate and get ready for the run in.Following the win over Wakefield, the players were given a few days off but are now back in training ready for the big derby next Friday.Yet, whilst a break has its benefits, Holbrook admits it wasn’t one he particularly enjoyed.“I didn’t really enjoy my time away as I would much rather have been playing this weekend,” he said. “Once it was forced upon us though, I think it was important.“We’re now focused on the Super League title, so it’s good to freshen up for a few days. If you get away, you always come back keen and raring to go.“We’ve been relatively injury free this season and that is down in part to our performance medical staff, led by Nathan Mill and Matty Daniels. They are fantastic.“Their team is just as important as we are as coaches. They’ve done a fantastic job and we’re lucky to have them.”Holbrook has been able to call on a predominately fit squad all year but recently has been forced into some changes.That has seen the likes of Jack Ashworth and Matty Lees get more game time, and increased roles for those players coming off the bench.“It’s made a huge difference for us,” he continued. “The depth of your squad is the most important thing and I think we’ve shown that. It has definitely been crucial to us winning games.“At Wakefield, I was really impressed with the guys coming off the bench. Matty, Jack and Jon Wilkin swung the game in our favour. It was 0-0 for 25 minutes and then those three came on and made a huge impact to the end result.“I’m really happy for Jack and Matty. They’re good mates; they travel to training together and do everything together, so it’s good to have them both on the field at the same time.”He continued: “All the forwards have stood up and Luke Thompson has had a lot of appearances this year and so he should.“Then you have Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook. Over the last three or four weeks he has been our best player and has made a huge difference in every game.“He started in the back row last week against Wakefield, played 80 minutes and did a great job. He’s been brilliant for us and we’ve needed him to be.“I love the way he plays. It’s not just his passion and enthusiasm, it’s the way he’s playing too. He’s been great!’Saints’ next Betfred Super League fixture sees them host Wigan in the derby on August 31 – and it’s a test Holbrook and the squad is excited about.“We’re really looking forward to it,” he continued. “Obviously there’s been a slower build up with the week off but we will ramp it up later this week to be ready for next Friday.“Playing at home against Wigan is a fantastic game for us.’Saints face Wigan Warriors at 7:45pm on Friday August 31 at the Totally Wicked Stadium.To get your ticket pop into the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, call 01744 455 052 or log on here.