20th June 2012

The English Lions Under-18s squad has been announced for a two game tour of Lebanon later this summer. The squad which is comprised of players from the community game includes Thatto Heath trio Jack Jones, Leon Tatlock and Jamie Tracie who compete in the Heinz Big Soup Conference Youth League. These players all featured recently in the club’s National Cup win in Blackpool with Jack Jones named Man of the Match and Jamie Tracie scoring two tries.

Tour Captain is Millom’s Marcus O’Brien who also toured with the 2011 Community Lions Under-18s to South Africa alongside fellow squad members Jack Jones and full back Sam Forester. English Lions Under-18s Head Coach, Kelvin Lockett said: “Things are looking good for the tour, there’s lots of great development work going on in Lebanon and this is a chance for their under-20s to test their arm against English opposition.

“The whole squad have been briefed on the tour and they are very aware and well prepared. Beirut is a very multi-cultural city and it should be a fantastic tour. The team we’re playing have been through some selection processes and most play for universities and have a club background. They have done their homework, will have their best players out and we’re expecting a strong challenge, it will be a great opportunity for the players and staff to test themselves in this environment.”

The squad will have two training sessions at Milford in July prior to embarking from Manchester Airport for Beirut on Tuesday July 24. In Lebanon the squad will be based in Beirut and will play Liban Espoir on Saturday July 28 and Wednesday August 1 before returning on Thursday August 3.

This is the first time since Espoirs were reformed to become the Under-20s that they will participate against an international team. The majority of the team are from the champions of the Shield Championship University of Balamand and most players have come up through Lebanon Under-16 and Under-18 programs. The upcoming tour to Morocco between July 3 and 9 should serve them well for preparation and team bonding.

Robin Hachache, Liban Espoir Head Coach said: “I am very happy to be coaching such a young and talented side. The boys are very enthusiastic and looking forward to test themselves against the English Lions Under-18s.”

Pictured: The Community Lions train at Leigh Sports Village.


1.         Sam Forester                          Maryport                                

2.         Leon Tatlock                           Thatto Heath                          

3.         Ben Garner                             Barrow Island                         

4.         Scott Pink                               Wath Brow                             

5.         Tom Whittle                             Wigan St Judes                      

6.         Matty Cooke                            Pilkington Recs                      

7.         Marcus O'Brien (Capt)            Millom                                                

8.         Chris Tomlinson                      Glasson Rangers                   

9.         Leon Crellin                             Egremont Rangers               

10.       Perry Singleton                       Barrow Island                         

11.       Daniel Rowell                          Kells                                       

12.       Karl Dixon                               Wath Brow                            

13.       Ian Curnow                             Wath Brow                            

14.       Ethan Kelly                              Millom                                    

15.       Jamie Tracie                           Thatto Heath                                      

16.       Adam Jefferson                      Bradford Dudley Hill              

17.       Jack Jones                             Thatto Heath                                                        

18.       Jack Green                             Latchford Albion                     

19.       Tyler Craig                              Heworth                                             

20.       Lewis Sheridan                       Wigan St Cuthberts                


English Lions Manager           Andy Harland              RFL

Team Manager                       Charlie Bray                Milford Marlins

Head Coach                            Kelvin Lockett             Bradford Dudley Hill

Assistant Coach                      Alan Davidson             Cumbria

Assistant Coach                      Colin Phillips                Thatto Heath

Assistant Coach                      Chris Baxter                London

Physio                                     Mark Smith                 Wakefield




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