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Orange to host international RL game

For quite some time, people have talked about getting high-profile games played in country regions – and with Mudgee getting the City-Country clash, it is now Orange’s turn to host an international game.

Local side, the Orange Barbarians, who play in the Centennial Coal Cup, will play host to Mount Hagen, a team from Papua New Guinea, from Friday February 17 to Sunday February 19.

The PNG side will first play an Aboriginal All-Stars team on the Friday at Endeavour Oval, before backing up in time to play the Barbarians on Sunday.

It is an opportunity that does not come around very often for a town like Orange, and Troy Sweeting, the president of the Barbarians club, knew that they could not pass up the chance to bring the PNG side down for a rugby league game.

“Council approached myself and we talked about us playing this game,” he said.

“They’re footy-mad over there (in PNG) and I put it to the fellas, and we thought it’d be a good idea to get an Aboriginal All Stars team together, and that’s where the concept started.

“It’s a good opportunity to show off local talent.

“It’s good for the Aboriginal community.”

With the PNG side visiting, Sweeting says that it will allow the two cultures to intersect with each other.

“We have no idea what to expect,” he said.

“It’s just all about showing off two cultures – our’s and theirs.”

Hickey unable to play for his ESL side

Former Bulldog Jarrad Hickey will be unable to play for the London Broncos during the 2012 ESL season, as the club already has five non-Federation trained players.

Under the current ESL rules, all clubs are to have no more than 5 of these players – and if Hickey had joined the club, he would have been the 6th non-Federation trained player – hence being a breach of the rules.

The club have attempted to resolve the situation, but they have been unable to do so.

Despite not being able to play, the club will now work with Hickey, as both club and player search for alternative playing options for the forward.

Super League Magic Weekend 2012

Local rivalries will once again take centre stage on Magic Weekend when Etihad Stadium, Manchester, hosts a full round of Stobart Super League fixtures for the first time on May 26 and 27.

Some of the biggest battles in British sport will be played out at the home of Manchester City FC, where three matches take place on Saturday May 26 and four on Sunday May 27.

The 2012 Magic Weekend schedule in full is:

Saturday May 26
1.00pm – Castleford Tigers v Wakefield Wildcats
4.00pm – Warrington Wolves v Widnes Vikings
7.00pm – Hull FC v Hull KR

Sunday May 27
12.00pm – Catalan Dragons v London Broncos
2.00pm – Huddersfield Giants v Salford City Reds
4.00pm – Bradford Bulls v Leeds Rhinos
6.00pm – St Helens v Wigan Warriors

Gower returns to rugby league

It is something that we are seeing more and more of, and now, yet another player has returned to rugby league – with former Penrith Panthers half Craig Gower, leaving his French rugby union side, to play rugby league once more.

Gower will play with ESL side, the London Broncos, and despite having previously thought that a return to league was not on the cards – he is excited at the ESL opportunity.

“I didn’t really see myself playing rugby league again”, Gower said.

“I needed a new challenge and that was to play rugby union but it got to the stage where it wasn’t as enjoyable.

“But this did come as a bit of a surprise.

“I had talks about going to the NRL but I had a knee injury so it was hard to progress those further.

“However, the Super League option came up and that gave me more time to recover.”