NATHAN Brown is looking for more continuity in his

first_imgNATHAN Brown is looking for more continuity in his line up this weekend.Saints are set to take on Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in Jon Wilkin’s Testimonial on Sunday January 20 (3pm) with both sides wanting to hone their skills ahead of the big Super League kick off.“We made some improvements in key areas during the game against the Giants,” Nathan said, “but we know we have a fair bit of work to do.“We will look to reduce the number of players this week and some blokes who won’t get the chance to play will probably play Super League this season.“You’d like to give more an opportunity of a run out but it is good for continuity.”Saints are likely to have Josh Perry and Tony Puletua in Sunday’s line up but Adam Swift and Paul Clough have knocks.On the plus side, Gary Wheeler has recovered from illness and is also in contention.Brown continued: “Any team that wants to do well will need healthy competition in the squad. You also need a fair amount of luck with injury too. We’re lucky that we have older players who have been successful. They train well and compete hard. It’s hard to imagine them not playing unless injury or complacently costs them their position. It is a good example they set and they are doing well.“The kids have improved because of the experience of training with these older players. Josh Jones nailed his spot last season and has continued to develop.“Joe Greenwood has done the same too. He is a good young kid, trains hard and is a typical St Helens player as he understands where to play footy and where the space is. If he keeps learning and training he will do well.“I am comfortable with our squad but we need to keep our key players fit and healthy. If you get a number of injuries in a certain position then it can tell on you. We will need to stay healthy and get some young kids like Jones through too. He did a great job for us and if we get one or two of those each year then it helps bolster the squad.“Lance Hohaia is a unique player who is good in lots of positions. That is a real benefit for the team but probably detriment to Lance’s career. He has represented his country at 9 and 1, and played a Grand Final at 6. He is a handy player and there isn’t a team in Super League or the NRL that wouldn’t have him in their side. They couldn’t tell you what position to put him in, but they would all want him!”Tickets for Sunday’s match are now on sale and are priced at £20 adults and £10 concessions (Solarking South Stand allocated and unallocated), and £16/£8 for the Hattons Solicitors West Stand.Family ticket prices are £50 for two adults and two kids (seating) and £40 for two adults and two kids (standing).They are available from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on to www.saintssuperstore.comNathan reckons the Wildcats will provide a tough test.“They have really improved and can only be better with Justin Poore in the team. I coached him at St George and he is a good player. Danny Kirmond keeps improving and I think the captaincy has helped him do that.“Wakefield played some great footy at the back end of last season and I can only see them improving this year too.”last_img read more

NATHAN Brown was pleased Saints got their first pr

first_imgNATHAN Brown was pleased Saints got their first pre-season game under their belts as they recorded a 20-0 win over Batley on Friday night.His side ran in four tries to ease past the Championship outfit in appalling weather.“The conditions weren’t the best to give us the great game but it was good for us in so many ways,” he said. “They had a real dig and from a physical point of view it was good for the younger players to be in a game like that. Championship sides are always physical and that is what the guys needed.“We had some blokes coming back who haven’t played for a long time and kids who got to play on the back of another pre-season. We also had younger kids who haven’t played and got the chance to and older fellas who got a hit out too. It served a good purpose for us.“Mark Flanagan, Gary Wheeler and Ade Gardner all missed chunks of the season and handled themselves well too.”New scrum-half Luke Walsh missed the game as he rolled his ankle his training and that saw Jon Wilkin take up a familiar spot – after last season anyway – at half back.“Walshy would have played if it was a proper game,” Brown added. “Wilko played at 7 last year and knows what suits him and the team and he was comfortable. Of course, we would have liked to have played him in the position he will be in this year.“The likes of Jordan Hand, Carl Forster have had a good pre-season and have done better tonight than this time last year. I thought Josh Jones and Mark Percival went well too.“Josh is a competent player and whether he is in the centre or second row you know what you’re going to get. Percy has that bit of brilliance about him and is in much better physical shape than this time last year too.“We have a lot of players who can still play under 19s but some who can’t. We have the partnership with Rochdale and they will take some players as will Whitehaven too. Hopefully this year we have the problem that they are all fit and have to play.”Saints next pre-season match is James Roby’s Testimonial Match against Wigan on Friday January 31 (8pm).Sia Soliola, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Adam Swift are all likely to feature.You can buy tickets here.last_img read more

StHELENS RFC are delighted to have signed a si

first_imgSt.HELENS R.F.C. are delighted to have signed a significant partnership with sports apparel manufacturer O’Neills Sportswear.The First Utility Super League Champions have agreed a three-year deal to supply professional kit, trainingwear and leisurewear to the club.The partnership will see all playing and backroom staff wearing O’Neills Sportswear branded clothing and professional kit as well as a large range of retail wear made available for the club’s supporters.As official kit supplier O’Neills, whose motto is ‘The Choice of Champions’, will also refit the Saints Superstore at Langtree Park.Dave Hutchinson, Head of Sales and Marketing at Saints, said: “We are delighted to have entered into an agreement which such a forward thinking and customer focused company.“O’Neills are already well established in Rugby League and will offer flexibility and innovation to our retail offering.“Merchandising at a club level needs to be able to offer a variety of different products and promotions to our fans at different times during the season.“We are confident that our new partnership with O’Neills will keep the club superstore and online store full of new ranges that our fans will enjoy throughout the year.“We have some exciting plans for our partnership which we will be announcing in the coming weeks.”O’Neills Irish International Sports Co. Ltd. was founded in 1918 by Charles O’Neills as a manufacturer of Gaelic Footballs and it is now the largest Sportswear manufacturer in the British Isles as well as having manufacturing facilities in Dublin and Strabane.The brand has become synonymous with the production of team kits, footballs and hurling balls for Gaelic games but is fast becoming a major supplier to rugby and soccer clubs across Ireland, the UK, Europe and America.They employ more than 560 people and are the official sportswear provider to the GAA as well as supplying kit, trainingwear and leisurewear to Widnes Vikings and London Irish RFC.Neil Williams at O’Neills Sportswear said: “We are very excited to be partnering with St.Helens R.F.C., the current Super League Champions, for the next three years and we hope the supporters are looking forward to seeing the new range.“This is a landmark agreement for O’Neills Sportswear who has a long heritage of supplying quality kit throughout the world and, as a brand passionate about what we do; it makes perfect sense to affiliate ourselves with a Club like St.Helens R.F.C. that has an equally passionate and committed following throughout the world.“This partnership gives us an opportunity to demonstrate our strong commitment to rugby and we very much look forward to working with St Helens going forward.”Pictured are Dave Hutchinson Saints’ Head of Sales and Marketing, Neil Williams from O’Neills and Saints CEO Mike Rush.last_img read more


first_imgLachlan Coote, Kevin Naiqama and Joseph Paulo all made their Super League bow’s and have been issued with the below Heritage numbers:Lachlan Coote – 1246Kevin Naiqama – 1247Joseph Paulo – 1248The numbers have been issued based on starting positions in the 17 named for the match, with Coote starting at full-back, Naiqama at Centre and Paulo from the bench.All three players will wear their number embroidered into their playing shirts under the Club crest, from Sunday’s game vs. Wakefield Trinity.last_img read more

I am the only remaining person interested in the Parliamentary seat –

first_imgThe newly elected Nationalist Councillor for Xaghra Gozo Kevin Cutajar, has said on Facebook that in light of Jean Pierre Debono’s decision to withdraw his interest in David Stellini’s parliamentary seat, he is the only remaining person interested.Cutajar said that he wrote a letter to the Secretary General of the Nationalist Party informing them of his interest. He said that he now awaits an answer.Updated: Debono’s stepping back seen as common sense by CutajarHis comments come after the controversy surrounding the co-option of Mr Stellini’s seat in the Parliament.  There were many who argued that  it would be wise to give Cutajar the seat seeing as it helped maintain the representation of Gozo in the Parliament. Others believed that it should be given to Debono given that he gave up his Parliamentary seat for the Opposition Leader Adrian Delia.Read more:PN requests Speaker to postpone motion to co-opt DebonoDangerously ambitious – ArrigoUpdated: Gozitan seat fraudulently stolen – former PN Executive President SammutLast Saturday, the PN’s Executive Committee voted 42 to 40 in favour of Jean Pierre Debono taking Stellini’s former seat. This didn’t last as the PN’s Regional Committee for Gozo challenged the Executive Committee’s decision as null and void. This led to Debono withdrawing his interest.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more