England Knights head coach Kieron Purtill has name

first_imgEngland Knights head coach Kieron Purtill has named a 19-man squad to take on France in their first ever competitive game this Saturday at Leigh Sports Village (3.00pm).The Knights face France in the first of a two game autumn series which will see them travel to Whitehaven to face Cumbria next weekend and Purtill has shown his intentions by naming a strong line-up for tomorrow’s fixture.Hull FC’s Joe Westerman has been awarded the team captaincy with Warrington half-back Richie Myler instated as vice-captain. Myler has been joined in the 19-man squad by four other Wolves payers including second row Ben Westwood, who comes into the Knights squad as part of Steve McNamara’s senior team plans.Salford City Reds have a trio of representatives in the back positions, with Stefan Ratchford, Jodie Broughton and Matty Smith taking up the respective full-back, wing and scrumhalf roles while Wigan Warriors also have a trio of players selected in the form of Josh Charnley, Lee Mossop and Liam Farrell.Danny Haughton joins captain Westerman as the second Hull FC representative while arch rivals Hull KR also have two players selected in the form of Kris Welham and Liam Watts. Harlequins, Leeds Rhinos, St Helens and Castleford Tigers all have one player each selected in the 19-man squad.England Knights 19-man Squad to face France:1, Stefan Ratchford (Salford City Reds, Wigan St Pats) 2, Josh Charnley (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats) 3, Joe Arundel (Castleford Tigers, Castleford Panthers) 4, Kris Welham (Hull KR, Myton Warriors) 5, Jodie Broughton (Salford City Reds, Queens) 6, Richie Myler (Warrington Wolves, Halton West Bank) 7, Matty Smith (Salford City Reds, Blackbrook) 8, Ben Harrison (Warrington Wolves, Barrow Island) 9, Danny Houghton (Hull FC, East Hull) 10, Lee Mossop (Wigan Warriors, Hensingham) 11, Joe Westerman (C) (Hull FC, Featherstone Lions) 12, Ben Westwood (Warrington Wolves, Normanton) 13, Liam Farrell (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats) 14, Luke Gale (Harlequins RL, Middleton Marauders) 15, Paul Clough (St Helens, Blackbrook) 16, Mike Cooper (Warrington Wolves, Latchford Albion) 17, Liam Watts (Hull KR, Featherstone Lions) 18, Chris Riley (Warrington Wolves, Woolston Rovers) 19, Chris Clarkson (Leeds Rhinos, East Leeds)Tickets for the England Knights v France international fixture at Leigh Sports Village on Saturday, October 15, cost just £3 adult and £2 concession and can be purchased at the turnstiles on the day.last_img read more

SAINTS continued their mid season resurgence with

first_imgSAINTS continued their mid season resurgence with a dogged 20-18 win at Warrington.Resilience shone once again throughout the side as Keiron Cunningham’s men recorded their sixth win on the spin.They led 12-6 at half time and to be fair it could and probably should have been more.Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook continued his excellent form with a try whilst Mark Percival combined with Adam Swift to put Jonny Lomax over.The second half was built on that never say die defence that has been a facet of your Saints over recent weeks.A touch of brilliance from Jordan Turner took Saints out to a lead they never relinquished whilst a wonder tackle in the corner, from Percival in the last minute, ended the contest.Games between these two sides are often end to end, passionate occasions.And from the off this was no different.Warrington thought they’d scored early doors when Chris Hill went over from close range but he was penalised for a double movement.Saints then won a penalty to get them into Wolves’ territory for the first time – only for Chris Sandow to intercept as they looked likely down the right hand side.Handling was at a premium in the opening stages with the home side slightly shading the possessional advantage from it.But Saints were looking dangerous on the counter with Walsh orchestrating things well.And that was proven half-way through the first half.A Jordan Turner break almost set Saints on their way, but they had to settle for a drop out following Jon Wilkin’s chip.But from there they didn’t disappoint – Turner hitting LMS for his ninth of the season.Daryl Clark drew the Wolves back into it on the half hour mark – Gidley making it all square.But Saints hit back within five minutes courtesy of Jonny Lomax.Mark Percival made the break, setting Adam Swift off down the left hand side before the winger cooly sent it inside for his fullback to fly over with no one within 10 yards of him.Percival converting to make it 12-6 at half time.Saints weathered early second half threats from their hosts before winning a drop out thanks to great runs from James Roby, Luke Walsh and Turner.And they should have had a repeat set following another kick on the last but the ball was inexplicably given back to the home side when it clearly came off a Warrington boot.The game was beginning to bubble nicely and on the hour mark it boiled over as LMS and Jack Hughes got stuck into some handbags.Saints won the resultant penalty and four drives later Chris Hill gave away a high shot to allow Percival the simple task of making it an eight point game.Warrington hit back with 15 to go through Hughes as they took advantage of three penalties and a repeat set to draw within two points.But Cunningham’s men could point to a harsh call in the build up as it looked to all the world that Rhys Evans had knocked on.That said, Hughes ran a superb line to break the defence.Saints weren’t going to give in easily though and after great kick chase forced a drop out, Jordan Turner burst through the line and showed all his strength to go over.Percival made it an eight point game once again but within minutes Ryan Atkins went through the centre of the defence.Dominique Peyroux made a try saving tackle on Atkins as the game entered the final five minutes, and then some wonderful kick chase put Rhys Evans right on his line.Warrington were given the ball in the closing stages as Walsh was cruelly adjudged to have touched the ball from Chris Sandow’s pass – and it almost came to haunt them as Evans took a pass that looked very forward to go over in the corner.But Mark Percival, who is growing every week,  had timed his tackle to perfection and Warrington man was in touch.It was a crucial decision and one the video referee got spot on.Match Summary:Wolves:Tries: Clark, Hughes, AtkinsGoals: Gidley (3 from 3)Saints:Tries: McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Lomax, TurnerGoals: Percival (4 from 4)Penalties:Wolves: 8Saints: 10HT: 12-6FT: 20-18REF: Phil BenthamATT: 10,769Teams:Wolves:6. Stefan Ratchford; 5. Matty Russell, 24. Toby King, 4. Ryan Atkins, 3. Rhys Evans; 1. Kurt Gidley, 7. Chris Sandow; 8. Chris Hill, 9. Daryl Clark, 10. Ashton Sims, 11. Ben Currie, 12. Jack Hughes, 14. Joe Westerman.Subs: 13. Ben Westwood, 16. Brad Dwyer, 18. George King, 27. Sam Wilde.Saints:1. Jonny Lomax; 22. Jack Owens, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift; 3. Jordan Turner, 7. Luke Walsh; 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 15. Greg Richards, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 20. Joe Greenwood, 12. Jon Wilkin.Subs: 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Atelea Vea, 17. Luke Thompson, 28. Morgan Knowles.last_img read more

Spring hunting dates dropped but Turtle Dove moratorium could go to EU

first_imgThe Ornis Committee has said that the proposal to reopen a Spring hunting season for the Turtle Dove has been defeated.The organization says that the proposal put forward by the Federation for Hunting and Conservation – Malta (FKNK) called for the moratorium against the hunting of the bird to be lifted and a specific hunting period to be initiated in the last fortnight of April.During the committee meeting, only FKNK voted in favour of the proposal while the conservation group Birdlife Malta and the Environmental Resources Authority voted against.Representatives from the government and the Ornis Committee chairman are understood to have abstained.Take moratorium to EU levelWhile their proposal was defeated, the FKNK is also calling on the government to seek a solution with the European Commission on a verdict by the European Court of Justice which states that the Autumn hunting period was ‘not a satisfactory alternative solution to the spring hunt.’The FKNK explain that Malta is one of 10 countries where the Turtle Dove is hunted but Malta is the only one where a Moratorium on Spring hunting had been introduced.Government representatives, the Ornis Chairman and the FKNK voted in favour of this motion meaning that it would now be presented to the Minister to take to the European level.Be boldResponding to the news of the defeated proposal on Spring Hunting dates, Birdlife Malta has called on the Maltese Government and the Prime Minister ‘to be bold and take this signal either as a reason for spring hunting to be abolished altogether’.However, they also say that if need be, the dates for the quail hunting season should not elapse into the key migration period for the Turtle Dove.Birdlife Malta says, ‘If the dates proposed last week (10th-30th April) are accepted, the season would only serve as a smokescreen for hunters to illegally target this protected species.’   Seeking long term sustainable solutionsThe government says that following today’s meeting, they will be looking to carry out discussions with the European Commission for a ‘long-term sustainable solution regarding the turtle dove hunting derogation in the spring.’‘These discussions will be designed to determine the Principles on which future derogation is applied to the turtledove spring game, as I did the Government with regard to the trapping of blackbirds and golden plovers .’ the government response reads.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more