FUNDRAISING for the 2011 Academy Tour of Australia continues in earnest with a bag pack at Tesco in Haydock.Boots and the players greeting shoppers and lent them a helping hand at the checkouts.Saints would like to thank Tesco and the local people of Haydock for their support… the tour is now only seven weeks away and these funds will ensure the production line of talent continues!
RUGBY League World Cup 2013 announced today that the venue for the Tonga v Scotland and Scotland v Italy matches will be Derwent Park, home of Workington Town RLFC, following a successful bid from Allerdale Borough Council and the club.The matches were originally planned to be staged at the proposed Pow Beck Stadium in Whitehaven but it was not certain that the new stadium would be built in time.Organisers received proposals for the replacement venue from both existing RLWC2013 venues and some new areas, however the favoured option was always to keep the games in West Cumbria, if possible.The right for Allerdale to host the two games is predicated on the Borough Council, supported by Britain’s Energy Coast, investing £450,000 to upgrade Derwent Park to RLWC2013 standards.RLWC2013 Tournament Director Nigel Wood said: “We are delighted to announce that these two matches will be played at Derwent Park and that they will therefore be staying in West Cumbria. One of the stated values for RLWC2013 is passion for the game and we believe that is reflected by Rugby League fans across West Cumbria. So this is great news for those fans above all.“We know that there will be a challenge for the Workington host consortium to prepare Derwent Park for the tournament. But we have been rigorous in our examination of the proposal from Allerdale Borough Council, Britain’s Energy Coast and Workington Town and we strongly believe that their level of commitment and the £450,000 investment will make West Cumbria a great part of RLWC2013.“It is also great news that Copeland Borough Council’s hard work can still be utilised and that they will still be involved in RLWC2013 by hosting Scotland’s training base at the Cumbria Sports Academy in Whitehaven.“Scotland will play Tonga and Italy at Derwent Park in Group C and today’s news will also allow us to release the match dates for the tournament in the next few days.”
SAINTS are pleased with the six players named in the England Youth and Academy squads.Fresh from the Australia tour Luke Thompson (right) has retained his and he joined by Greg Richards (left) in a squad that will be take on France in March.Local St Helens players Aaron Smith, Liam Cooper and Jake Campbell are joined by Wigan based Lewis Fairhurst in the England Youth set up who will take on Wales.“We are thrilled for the lads that have been selected in these squads,” Derek Traynor Academy Head Coach said. “They have all been with us in the Scholarship and Academy from the earliest age possible and these squad places are just reward for their hard work and dedication.“We also count ourselves unlucky not to have had more players selected in these squads and rest assured we will keep working hard to ensure all our juniors have the best opportunity at progression in our sport.“These selections are testament to the excellent relationships we have with all the community clubs who deserve recognition for their hard work over the years.”
Saints are seeking their third win over the Warriors this season – and one that would hand them the League Leaders’ Shield.This Season’s Meetings:Wigan 6, St Helens 14 (SLR22, 19/7/18) St Helens 21, Wigan 18 (SLR8, 30/3/18)Last Ten Meetings:Wigan 6, St Helens 14 (SLR22, 19/7/18) St Helens 21, Wigan 18 (SLR8, 30/3/18) St Helens 16, Wigan 26 (SLS8-R4, 1/9/17) St Helens 22, Wigan 19 (SLR15, 25/5/17) Wigan 29, St Helens 18 (SLR9, 14/4/17) Wigan 25, St Helens 0 (SLS8-R3, 19/8/16) Wigan 4, St Helens 23 (SLR23, 22/7/16) St Helens 12, Wigan 24 (SLR7, 25/3/16) St Helens 18, Wigan 14 (SLS8-R6, 18/9/15) St Helens 30, Wigan 14 (SLR18, 12/6/15)Super League Summary:St Helens won 36 (includes wins in 2000 and 2014 Grand Finals & wins in 2000, 2002, 2009 and 2011 play-offs) Wigan won 36 (includes win in 2010 Grand Final & wins in 2001, 2003 and 2004 play-offs) 4 drawsHighs and Lows:St Helens highest score: 57-16 (MM, 2008) (also widest margin) Wigan highest score: 65-12 (A, 1997) (also widest margin)Super League Head to Head:SaintsWigan Tries135 (1st)109 (2nd)Goals109 (1st)96 (4th)Metres35,481 (1st)33,436 (3rd)Breaks200 (1st)169 (2nd)Tackles8,297 (6th)7,966 (11th)Penalties175 (11th)219 (4th)Factoids:Kyle Amor – one appearance away from 200 for Super League (3 for Leeds, 2010; 74 for Wakefield, 2011-2013 and 122 for St Helens, 2014-2018)Jonny Lomax – 6 points away from 500 in Super League (494 for St Helens, 2009-2018)Danny Richardson has the longest scoring streak in the game, having registered points in our last 28 matches. His scoring streak began with seven goals in our 46-6 home win against Castleford at the beginning of the season.19-Man Squads:Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 6. Theo Fages, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Luke Thompson, 18. Danny Richardson, 19. Regan Grace, 20. Matty Lees, 21. Jack Ashworth, 23. Ben Barba, 30. Matty Costello.Wigan: 1. Sam Tomkins, 2. Tom Davies, 3. Dan Sarginson, 4. Oliver Gildart, 6. George Williams, 7. Sam Powell, 8. Tony Clubb, 9. Thomas Leuluai, 10. Ben Flower, 13. Sean O’Loughlin, 14. John Bateman, 15. Ryan Sutton, 19. Willie Isa, 20. Morgan Escare, 25. Romain Navarrete, 30. Gabriel Hamlin, 35. Oliver Partington, 36. Samuel Kibula, 40. Joe Greenwood.Betfred Super League Leading Scorers:Tries: 1 Ben Barba (St Helens) 24 2 Tom Johnstone (Wakefield Trinity) 18 3 = Bureta Faraimo (Hull FC), Mark Percival (St Helens) 17 5 = Ben Jones-Bishop (Wakefield Trinity), Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors) 16 7 Jonny Lomax (St Helens) 15 8 = Darnell McIntosh (Huddersfield Giants), Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves) 14 10 Josh Charnley (Warrington Wolves) 13Goals: 1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 109 2 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 84 3 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 56 4 Jamie Ellis (Castleford Tigers) 54 5 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 53 6 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 51 7 Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity) 46 8 Josh Drinkwater (Catalans Dragons) 45 9 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 39 10 Jake Connor (Hull FC) 35Goals Percentage: 1 Jake Connor (Hull FC) 89.74 (35/39) 2 Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity) 88.46 (46/52) 3 Tyrone Roberts (Warrington Wolves) 87.50 (14/16) 4 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 86.15 (56/65) 5 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 86.11 (31/36) 6 Lucas Albert (Catalans Dragons) 85.00 (17/20) 7 Tom Gilmore (Widnes Vikings) 84.61 (33/39) 8 Krisnan Inu (Widnes Vikings) 84.00 (21/25) 9 James Batchelor (Wakefield Trinity) 81.25 (13/16) 10 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 77.27 (51/66)Points: 1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 237 2 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 211 3 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 156 4 Josh Drinkwater (Catalans Dragons) 118 5 Jamie Ellis (Castleford Tigers) 117 6 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 112 7 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 111 8 Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity) 100 9 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 98 10 = Ben Barba (St Helens), Jake Connor (Hull FC), Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) 96Betfred Super League Table:POSTeamPWLDPFPADIFFPTS1Saints252230761330431442Wigan Warriors251870632373259363Castleford Tigers25168161752295334Warrington Wolves251591605444161315Huddersfield Giants2513111469647-178276Wakefield Trinity251113162853573237Hull FC2511140553601-48228Catalans Dragons2510141500622-12221Tickets:Saints host Wigan at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday August 31 (7:45pm).Tickets are on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.
Exciting Saints forward Ashworth is joined by fellow Wigan newcomers Dom Manfredi, Liam Marshall and Joe Bullock, whilst Matt English, Adam O’Brien and Darnell McIntosh are the three Huddersfield newcomers.Salford’s Josh Jones, Castleford’s Alex Foster and Leeds Rhinos’ Cameron Smith are the remaining newcomers.The Saints trio’s inclusion comes after yesterday’s announcement that six Saints were included in the Elite Performance squad.The KPS will join the 30-man England Performance Squad at their first get-together of the season next month, and will hold a number of other meetings and training sessions in the remainder of the year – with at least one home fixture being planned for this autumn, when the senior Great Britain squad are on tour in New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.Paul Anderson, the England Knights head coach, said: “We think this is an exciting group of players, all of whom know from their selection that they are very much in the thoughts of the England coaches.“Involvement in the Knights set-up gives them the chance to impress, as has been shown by the England debuts made by so many players from the KPS last year, and the inclusion in this year’s England Performance Squad of Robbie Mulhern and our 2018 captain Jack Hughes.“The trip to Papua New Guinea last year was such a memorable trip for all of us but also a massive benefit both physically and mentally as we develop elite level players for future tournaments, building towards the 2021 and 2025 World Cups.” England Knights Performance Squad in full:Alex Foster (Castleford Tigers, Wetherby Bulldogs)Oliver Holmes (Castleford Tigers, Normanton Knights)Greg Minikin (Castleford Tigers, Wetherby Bulldogs)Matt Whitley (Catalans Dragons, Bold Miners)Matt English (Huddersfield Giants, Stanley Rangers)Kruise Leeming (Huddersfield Giants, Siddal)Darnell McIntosh (Huddersfield Giants, Dewsbury Celtic)Adam O’Brien (Huddersfield Giants, Siddal)Oliver Roberts (Huddersfield Giants, Siddal)Chris Atkin (Hull KR, Liverpool John Moores University)Dean Hadley (Hull FC, Skirlaugh) Masimbaashe Matongo (Hull FC, West Hull)Ash Handley (Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders)Mikolaj Oledzki (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors)Cameron Smith (Leeds Rhinos, Lock Lane)Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors)Jack Walker (Leeds Rhinos, East Leeds)Niall Evalds (Salford Red Devils, Siddal)Josh Jones (Salford Red Devils, Blackbrook Royals)Jack Ashworth (St Helens, Rochdale Mayfield)Matt Lees (St Helens, Rochdale Mayfield)Danny Richardson (St Helens, Halton Farnworth Hornets)James Batchelor (Wakefield Trinity, Crigglestone All Blacks)Toby King (Warrington Wolves, Meltham All Blacks)Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves, York RUFC)Harvey Livett (Warrington Wolves, Rylands Sharks)Dec Patton (Warrington Wolves, Latchford Giants)Joe Philbin (Warrington Wolves, Culcheth Eagles)Danny Walker (Warrington Wolves, Rylands Sharks)Joe Bullock (Wigan Warriors, Blackpool Scorpion)Tom Davies (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)Dom Manfredi (Wigan Warriors, Leigh Miners)Sam Powell (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)