RHINO Rugby, having recently won the contract as Official Ball Supplier for the Rugby Football League and the Super League for the next three years, have recruited James Roby of St Helens and Ryan Hall of Leeds Rhinos as their Rugby League Brand Ambassadors.Managing Director of Rhino Rugby League, and former Saints CEO Tony Colquitt comments: “I am delighted to welcome two world class English players to the Rhino Rugby League brand. Both Ryan and James will be working with Rhino Rugby League to activate our plans within the game. The players will feature in promotional materials and in store activation programmes with Rhino Rugby League’s key trade partners.“The players will also be developing their own range of balls. Rhino Rugby League is committed to delivering world class bespoke products to the game and the signing of Ryan and James signals our intentions.”James Roby added: “I am delighted to sign with Rhino Rugby League and very excited by some of the plans that they have in place. It’s great that a famous brand such as Rhino is now committing to League.”
SAINTS have announced their squad for their Tetley’s Challenge Cup Round 4 match at Huddersfield Giants.They welcome back Jordan Turner, Luke Walsh, Willie Manu, Kyle Amor and Alex Walmsley.Nathan Brown will choose from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3.Jordan Turner, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Luke Walsh 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 11. Sia Soliola, 13. Willie Manu, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Paul Wellens, 18. Alex Walmsley, 23. Joe Greenwood, 25. Anthony Walker, 26. Matty Dawson.Paul Anderson will choose his Huddersfield side from:1. Scott Grix, 2. Jermaine McGillvary, 4. Joe Wardle, 5. Aaron Murphy, 6. Danny Brough, 7. Luke Robinson, 8. Eorl Crabtree, 9. Shaun Lunt, 10. Craig Kopczak, 11. Brett Ferres, 12. Jason Chan, 13. Chris Bailey, 14. Michael Lawrence, 16. David Faiumu, 17. Ukuma Ta’ai, 18. Kyle Wood, 19. Jodie Broughton, 20. Antonio Kaufusi, 27. Jake Connor.The game kicks off at 2.15pm and the referee will be Phil Bentham.Tickets remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.
SAINTS are off to the Grand Final with a five-try victory over Catalan Dragons at Langtree Park.Led superbly by a strong pack and solid defence, they won 30-12 to set up a title date with either Wigan or Warrington.Tries from Jordan Turner and Adam Swift gave Saints a 12-6 half time lead before Willie Manu’s second half effort effectively took the game from Catalan.Mose Masoe then powered over and Mark Percival sealed a great victory.Nathan Brown recalled Josh Jones for the Semi-Final clash with Alex Walmsley returning from suspension on the bench.It was a tentative opening from both sides; Jordan Turner kicking dead and Catalan firing a high ball that was collected by Paul Wellens.Sam Williams then made a break but Saints were up to his last tackle option.Mark Percival missed the chance to put Saints ahead when the Dragons were penalised for offside; the youngster dragging his kick wide.Saints forced a drop out in the tenth minute but had to weather another period of pressure from the visitors.And on 20 minutes that pressure told albeit courtesy of the video referee and a very forward pass.Morgan Escare didn’t mind though, collecting the offload and putting his side ahead to boos from the home support.Thomas Bosc adding the extras.Saints hit back almost immediately.Massive runs from Luke Thompson and Willie Manu set up the field position and Jordan Turner showed immense strength to pull his side back into it.Percival with the conversion.Josh Jones took Sam Williams’ high ball on 33 minutes before Catalan tried to twist the screw once again.But when the visitors were penalised for very physical play in the tackle, Saints made them pay.Turner switched play on the left hand side and Adam Swift swooped down the touchline to score a quite wonderful try.Percival adding the extras from the touchline to give Saints a 12-6 lead at half time.Saints probed early in the second half and turned Catalan on their heels with a number of good kicks.And on their next attack they scored.Josh Jones drove it in before it went right, from Wellens and Percival to Makinson who flew down the right to turn it back inside for Willie Manu.Mark Percival making it a 12-point game before he duly tagged on a penalty in the 55th minute too.Saints were rampant and it was no surprise when Mose Masoe rampaged to the line, swatting players off in the process.Mark Percival danced through the defence after the hour mark only for Michael Oldfield to score moments later.Saints had, in all honesty, had taken the sting out of the game by then and played out their sets to head into a mouthwatering Old Trafford showdown.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Turner, Swift, Manu, Masoe, PercivalGoals: Percival (5 from 7)Dragons:Tries: Escare, OldfieldGoals: Bosc (2 from 2)Penalties: Saints: 7Dragons: 6HT: 12-6FT: 30-12REF: Richard SilverwoodATT: 8888Teams:Saints: 17. Paul Wellens; 2. Tommy Makinson, 22. Mark Percival, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift; 6. Lance Hohaia, 15. Mark Flanagan; 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 16. Kyle Amor, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 28. Luke Thompson, 3. Jordan Turner.Subs: 11. Sia Soliola, 13. Willie Manu, 18. Alex Walmsley, 27. Greg Richards.Dragons: 2. Morgan Escaré; 5. Michael Oldfield, 4. Ben Pomeroy, 25. Vincent Duport, 18. Daryl Millard; 6. Thomas Bosc, 34. Sam Williams; 8. Olivier Elima, 9. Ian Henderson, 12. Louis Anderson, 11. Zeb Taia, 17. Elliott Whitehead, 13. Greg Mounis.Subs: 10. Jeff Lima, 16. Eloi Pelissier, 21. Julian Bousquet, 29. Benjamin Garcia.
KEIRON Cunningham couldn’t fault the effort of his depleted charges as they went down 12-4 at Wigan.Injury ravaged Saints battled at the DW Stadium but just couldn’t find the crucial score following a monumental effort.“I thought it was a brilliant effort,” he said. “We came into the game after losing our in-form half back in Travis Burns last week and then we lost Jon Wilkin in Captain’s run. We had zero time to do anything as a team together – but I know there have been other teams in that situation.“So to put yourself in the situation to be in the game for 70-odd minutes is good. We had a scratchy start but they didn’t really break our systems. They had the charge down and the kick that stuck in the mud at the end.“Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook was outstanding. He must have played in three or four different positions. The half backs did well too; they took us around the pitch but their lack of experience hurt us at times. That is understandable though.“Ideally, when you put a partnership together you need time – a pre-season – and this one was done in less than 24 hours. Jon Wilkin won’t be available Monday so we have a little time to work on this partnership. We can put right some of the wrongs.“If a couple of decisions or a couple of bounces had gone our way then it could have been a different game. The forwards played double minutes and we got tried and made mistakes. With a couple more subs we would have rolled it more.“It was a great derby wasn’t it – these occasions never seem to let us down.”He continued: “It’s disappointing that we lost a couple of players again. It is like that every week now. I might have to put my boots on.“The injury to Paul… that is a reoccurring thing we are aware of. He is a warrior; any other player wouldn’t have started the game. I had to trust his judgement and he didn’t want to let me or the team down. He got through the half well but he looked bad in the dressing room at half time.“Joe on the other hand has gone straight to hospital with a lower leg injury.“The boys will be ready Monday. Hull played yesterday and have a day on us, but we will be ready, They showed resilience today to hang on in there.”Tickets for Monday’s game are on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.
A local lad Dave went to Windleshaw Primary School and finished his education at St Teresa’s. He was a fine all-round sportsman in his youth and as a goalkeeper for the Town Team attracted the attention of Manchester City. Alas, his parents urged him to continue with his apprenticeship at Pilkingtons as a glass cutter, rather than the somewhat precarious rout of professional football, but semi-professional rugby league was soon to beckon.His rugby career came to prominence with Ruskin Park Colts, from where he was signed by St Helens RFC. A forceful and belligerent second row forward, who relished the physical contact side of the sport, Dave made his debut in the First Team against Blackpool Borough on 12th September 1964. He was initially on the bench, with Peter Harvey for this game, which the Saints won 37-5. The game itself was characterized by a hat-trick from stand-off Keith Northey, together with a brace [and 5 goals] from scrum-half Alex Murphy.A regular member of what was quite a strong A Team at Knowsley Road, Dave played for the seniors on seven occasions, with five more as substitute, scoring two tries. It was always extremely competitive for places in the back-row at the time of Dave’s arrival, with the likes of John Mantle, Ray French, John Warlow, Mervyn Hicks, Jimmy Mustard and others all vying for a spot. Dave’s last match for the Saints’ first team was when he came off the bench in the Floodlit trophy Preliminary round [second leg] against Salford at Knowsley Road, on 26th September 1966.He damaged knee ligaments in the Challenge Cup quarter final against Swinton in 1966 and could, conceivably, have been on the bench for the Wembley showdown with Wigan. Yet he remained stoic. “Just to be in a dressing room, surrounded by the likes of Vollenhoven, Murphy, Watson and men like these was just fantastic and a privilege few rugby league players had”, he recalled several years ago. “They are priceless memories that will never leave me!”He married Margaret [Catterall] in 1966 and early in the 1967-68 season, Dave was transferred to Widnes, with Ray French, as part of the deal that took Frank Myler to Knowsley Road. Dave played 18 times for the Chemics, scoring one try. He enjoyed the experience, but he was a St Helens lad at heart and never really wanted to leave Knowsley Road.When he retired after his Widnes sojourn, he returned to one of his first loves: football and kept goal for Pilkingtons. In the summer months he was a wicketkeeper with St Helens Recs and played with distinction for a number of years in the Liverpool Competition. He also had a spell when he put the boots on once again to help the A team out at Knowsley Road. Dave also coached the youth teams at Ruskin Park and Blackbrook. Dave always kept himself fit with regular visits to the gym and trained at West Park RUFC when he could. He also loved to sing and was a member of the Woodlanders, a well-known group on the local scene.After leaving Pilkingtons, he became a Classroom Assistant at Nugent House, a natural transition, according to his son, Chris: “Dad loved to help youngsters develop generally, not just in sport, and this role came quite naturally to him. He was truly selfless and remained heavily involved with St Julie’s Primary School and the Church in Eccleston”.Dave maintained strong links with St. Helens RFC and remained a staunch committee member of the Saints’ Players Association, right from its inception in the late 1970s. “He loved going to other Associations’ functions,” remembers Chris. “He loved talking to those who he played against He was extremely proud to have represented his home town teams – Saints in particular. When he received news of his Heritage Number recently , he was so thrilled.”Dave had a great sense of humour, right to the end and is survived by his wife, Margaret, son Chris, daughter Clare and four grandchildren.Everyone at the St Helens club send their condolences to the family at this sad time.