The Commonwealth Ex-Pats squad has been announced ahead of their clash with the Community Lions in a curtain raiser to England v The Exiles at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on Friday June 10.
The Commonwealth Ex-Pats squad is comprised of coaches and non contracted players from the community game who were born in a Commonwealth nation (non English) and are currently playing for an English club, an English Student side or for an Armed/Civil Services team.
The squad is predominantly made up of Australians with two Scottish players and two Fijians as well as one player each from Zimbabwe and South Africa.
The team will be coached by Leicester Storm coach Ty Watson assisted by Troy Perkins of Hemel Stags and Angus McNab of Scotland A. The team manager is Steve Royle from the Hammersmith Hills Hoists side.
The team will go into camp the day before the game on Thursday June 9 from 1pm in Bradford. The match will kick off at 6pm on Friday night at Headingley Carnegie before the England v Exiles match.
Assistant Coach Angus McNab said:"I am delighted to have been offered the position of assistant coach for the Commonwealth Ex-Pats team.
“It's a fantastic concept and I'm delighted that this opportunity has arisen. I'm a massive fan of what has been done with the Exiles to face England and to be part of that occasion will be fantastic for all the players and coaches involved."
Commonwealth Ex-Pats Squad, country and community team
Nick Briggs – Australia - Huddersfield Underbank Rangers
Ryan Butcher – Australia - Hemel Stags
Tanaka Chamunokara – Zimbabwe - Coventry Bears
Michael Crosby – Australia - Hammersmith Hills Hoists
Michael Forgham – Australia - Eccles
Dan Grevsmuhl – Australia - Hemel Stags
James Howitt – Australia -Hemel Stags
Wayde Kelly – Australia -Hammersmith Hills Hoists
Adam Kyle – Australia - Elmbridge Eagles
Michael Lieberum - Scotland – Hammersmith Hills Hoists
Brad Massey – Australia - Coventry Bears
Jack Mitchell – Australia - Huddersfield Underbank Rangers
Luke Morris – Australia - Hammersmith Hills Hoists
Ben Seru – Fiji - Army RL
Ben Thomas – Australia - Oulton Raiders
Inia Veikune – Fiji -Army RL
Rudie van der Merwe – South Africa - St Albans
Pat Webster – Australia - Oulton Raiders
Tom Wild – Scotland - Dronfield Drifters
Jason Patterson - Australia – Hammersmith Hills Hoists
Head Coach: Ty Watson (Leicester)
Assistants: Troy Perkins (Hemel), Angus McNab (Scotland A)
Team Manager: Steve Royle (Hammersmith)