Hi everyone, my name is Dave Parkinson and I am delighted to have been appointed Media Manager for the BARLA Lions Tour to Fiji. I've been involved in Rugby League for several years but this is my proudest achievement yet.
Thanks to the BARLA board I have been given access to the new website to provide everyone with updates directly from the tour.
For those who prefer their internet access more "social", the tour has a Facebook page:
The squad has been hard at work in preparation, meeting up on several occasions since it was first announced earlier in the year.
Each playing member has been given a squad number that will be referred to on all teamsheets moving forward. These are included below including Johnny Goulding who has joined the squad from Cockermouth Titans and looked assured when the team met Cumbria a couple of weeks ago.
1 Ryan Chalkley Beeching (Eastmoor Dragons)
2 Jack Clark (Cockermouth Titans)
3 Jamie Fields (c) (Hunslet Club Parkside)
4 Dean Gamble (Featherstone Lions)
5 Jordan Gibson (Haydock)
6 Aidy Gleeson (Rochdale Mayfield)
7 Matt Henson (Egremont Rangers)
8 Kevin Hoban (Ellenborough)
9 Tom Hopkins (Askam)
10 Jack Howdle (Beverley)
11 Andy Hullock (Hunslet Club Parkside)
12 Ian Jackson (Featherstone Lions)
13 Jack Jones (Thatto Heath Crusaders)
14 Sam Jones (Barrow Island)
16 Andy Lea (Thatto Heath Crusaders)
17 Marcus O'Brien (Egremont Rangers)
18 Lee Postlethwaite (Millom)
19 Johnny Goulding (Cockermouth Titans)
20 Craig Savage (Lock Lane)
21 Reece Rushworth (York Acorn)
22 Declan Sheridan (Rochdale Mayfield)
23 Luke Tagg (Lock Lane)
24 Mark Tyson (Askam)
Sadly Ethan Kelly (15) (Millom) has been withdrawn from the squad due to an injury sustained in a 26-6 warm-up victory over Cumbria.
Highlights from the game can be found below: