English and Welsh teams arrive in Malta for Rugby League Nines

Monday, January 17, 2011, 18:44

Cambridge University and the John Dimond Invitational have arrived in Malta ahead of Saturday’s 2011 Malta Rugby League (MRL) Nines at Victor Tedesco Stadium, Hamrun.

John Dimond (pictured left) said of his invitational team, “the boys are looking forward to it, I’ve got a real solid bunch that have come across with me”

Malta international player Graham Attard (centre). Photo Matthew Scerri

Malta international player Graham Attard (centre). Photo Matthew Scerri

Arriving in Malta, Cambridge University team manager Thomas Brewster said his charges are excited at heading to Malta for their New Year training camp and that the Nines challenge will be a good measure for their new players.

“We’ve brought a relatively young and new team to Malta. The Nines will be good for us, providing some solid Maltese and Welsh opposition” said Brewster.

Malta’s own representative selection will introduce Gozitan based Yorkshire teenager Daniel Ayres to a team of largely new players led by skipper Daniel Grima. The two visiting teams will play in a three-way Nines challenge against a Maltese Selection from 7.30pm. Australian referee Phill Browne (pictured right) will officiate the evening’s fixtures.

Cambridge University; James Bousher, Matt Commin, Greg Cushing, Oli Holmes, George Laing, Chris Meurice, Ben Miller, Sam Oakley, Kit Pyman, Tim Rademacher, Marco Saucedo, Mark Sweeney, Mark Varley

 John Dimond Invitational; Joel Beavis, Andrew Buckland (c), Christoff Diamantino, John Dimond, Jason Evans, Kyle Frogcase, Ellis French Smith Junior, James Hadfield, James Hollister, Ronnie Jones, Jurgen Pavanello, Anthony Romain, Tom Weaving, David Williams, Joel Williams; Team Manager: French Steve

Malta Selection; David Apap, Graham Attard, Daniel Ayres, Joey Criminale, Derek D’Amato, Tyson Freeman, Dawyne Gichane, Daniel Grima (c), Graham Kombo, Mauro Miceli, Dario Schembri, Mark Seychell, Matthew Spagnol, Christopher Vella, Andrew Zammit-Manduca

2011 Malta Rugby League (MRL) Nines Draw
Saturday 15th January, Victor Tedesco Stadium, Hamrun
7.30pm    Malta Selection v CUARLFC
7.55pm    CUARLFC v John Dimond Invitational
8.20pm    John Dimond Invitational v Malta Selection
8.50pm    Final: 1st Place v 2nd Place

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