November will not only see the arrival of the Australian National team for the Tri-Nations clash in Wigan, but also Australian U14s Grand Final winners, Gymea Gorillas, from Cronulla.
The Gorillas will be facing the two leading Wigan teams at this age group, the week after the Seniors have done battle at the JJB Stadium. Orrell St James U14s are their first opposition at the Robin Park Arena.
St James coach Dave Atherton said, “We are expecting a massive crowd to see what could be the future Darren Lockyer and Brett Kimmorley on show.”
John Hilton, the Mayor of Wigan, who will be presented to the teams said, “What a great opportunity for our young lads to show the town is one of the best in the world at the game of rugby league.”
The following week Gymea play Wigan St Patricks U14s at Carrington Park. The St Patricks side includes Owen Farrell in their ranks.
St Pat’s coach Gary Owen said, “It’s a great opportunity for Owen and all the boys to test their abilities against future foes at senior level, and show just how close the English game is to the Australian’s.”
Said St Patricks Chairman Bill Appleton, “Junior rugby league is huge in Wigan. Here at St Pats we have hundreds of children aged from six to 16 playing rugby league in the best possible facilities.”
St James Chairman Nigel Hopwood added, “Amateur rugby league provides the future stars for the Super League. Owen’s father, Great Britain Captain Andrew Farrell, toured Australia with Orrell St James in 1990 and in my opinion that helped him become the player he is today.”
Admission for the first test at Robin Park Arena, on Tuesday 23 rd November, is £3 for adults and £1 for children. The game is scheduled to kick off at 6.45pm. The second test on Friday 3 rd December at Carrington Park is free admission.
Both clubs are looking for local companies to sponsor this exciting opportunity for junior rugby league. For more information please call Dave Atherton on 07768 880354.