RYLANDS Sharks under 14s rugby league team will play in the age group’s inaugural national cup final this weekend.

They will face Castleford Lock Lane in a bid to lift the Nick Smith Foundation BARLA National Cup on Saturday.

The contest will be the first of three successive showdowns - all ‘War of the Roses’ clashes - at Batley Bulldogs’ Mount Pleasant Stadium.

Rylands’ final will kick off at noon, followed by Blackbrook Royals taking on Siddal in the Under 16 BARLA National Cup Final at 1.30pm and then Leigh Miners Rangers going head to head with West Hull in the under 18s decider.

Admission will be £5 for adults, £3 for concessions, free for under 16s.

Steve Manning, BARLA vice chairman, said: “The three ‘War of the Roses’ clashes determine the best sides in the country at their own age groups.

“These prestigious cups are the ones which all clubs want to win, testing themselves against clubs outside their own respective leagues to become top dogs.”

* THREE Warrington schools got among the prizes in a national nines rugby league tournament staged at Warrington’s Victoria Park last week.

Great Sankey year seven, who have reached the final of the Champion Schools competition to be played as the curtain-raiser to the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley in August, proved to be top dogs in their age group and won the Championship, while St Gregory’s won the Trophy competition at the same level.

Bridgewater High School’s year eight team came out on top in their age group for the second year in a row.




* PLAYERS on Warrington Wolves’ books are in the England Youth 22-man squad for two Tests against France this week.

Luke Broadbent, Kieran Rennox and Tom Whitehead will be hoping to feature in the first game at KCOM Craven Park in Hull on Wednesday, July 17, kick-off 7pm, and the second clash at Belle Vue in Wakefield on Saturday, July 20, kick-off 2pm.

Broadbent, the son of former Widnes, Salford and Whitehaven full-back Gary, is a product of the Walney Central club in Barrow, while Rennox’s background is with Wigan St Patricks and Whitehead’s with Saddleworth Rangers.

Castleford Tigers, City of Hull, St Helens and Wigan Warriors join The Wire in supplying three players, the most from any one club, in head coach Danny Wilson’s squad.

Full squad (including academy side, school and community club details) is:

Jake Anderson (Newcastle Thunder/Lord Lawson of Beamish/Gateshead Storm)

Logan Astley (Wigan Warriors/Standish High/Orrell)

Owen Blackwood (St Helens/Saint Peter & Paul’s/Blackbrook)

Luke Broadbent (Warrington Wolves/St Bernard’s/Walney Central)

Archie Fletcher (Castleford Tigers/Malet Lambert/West Hull)

Bailey Hodgson (Castleford Tigers/Wolfreton/West Hull)

Jacob Hookem (City of Hull/Malet Lambert/Skirlaugh)

Coby Nichol (Leeds Rhinos/Brooksbank/Siddal)

Matty Nicholson (Wigan Warriors/Brooksbank/Siddal)

Taylor Pemberton (St Helens/Lowton High/Leigh East)

Will Pryce (Huddersfield Giants/Queensbury/Siddal)

Kieran Rennox (Warrington Wolves/Hawkley Hall/Wigan St Patrick’s)

Cain Robb (Castleford Tigers/Driffield/West Hull)

Fenton Rogers (Huddersfield Giants/Saddleworth/Saddleworth Rangers)

Femi Sanya (London Broncos/Coopers & Coborn/Brentwood Eels)

Isaac Shaw (Wakefield Trinity/Shelley College/Emley Moor)

Joel Speed (City of Hull/Cottingham/West Hull)

Leon Stewart (City of Hull/Sirius Academy West/West Hull)

Reece Sumner (St Helens/Wade Deacon/Widnes Moorfield)

Alex Sutton (Wigan Warriors/Wade Deacon/Blackbrook)

Ajahni Wallace (Leeds Rhinos/Rastrick/Siddal)

Tom Whitehead (Warrington Wolves/Saddleworth/Saddleworth Rangers)

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* LATCHFORD Albion’s Dan Brown and Culcheth Eagles’ Greg Wilde were among the scorers as the North West English Lionhearts picked up a 66-0 win against a Jamaica Select XIII in the first game of their tour at the University of the West Indies Mona Bowl in Kingston.

Brown is captain of a squad that had a second match yesterday, Wednesday, against Kingston and St Andrews Reds, wit a nines tournament to follow on Sunday.

Warrington’s Tara Jones officiated in the opening tour game.




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