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Brown announces international retirement

England player Kevin Brown has announced his retirement from international Rugby League with immediate effect.

The 33-year-old stand-off who has been capped ten times for England had been named in the Elite Performance Squad for 2018 ahead of this year’s mid-season Test and Autumn International Test Series against New Zealand.

Commenting on his decision to retire, Kevin Brown said:

“It feels like now is the right time for me to retire from international rugby, I’ll be 34 by the end of the year when the International Test Series comes around and I think having the rest at the end of the season will help me play better and for longer at Warrington Wolves.”

“Obviously I’m disappointed I can’t play on forever but I think I’ve been really lucky that I’ve played so many games, I started playing for England in 2010 and finished at the end of 2017, I’ve loved every minute but I just feel that the timing is right.

“I spoke to Wayne to let him know my decision and thanked him for everything. He is one of the nicest coaches I’ve had and one of the coaches I’ve learnt most from especially in such a short period. I have really enjoyed playing for him and being part of that group. I am gutted I won’t be part of that squad anymore but it is the right decision for myself and for the team.

“Playing against Tonga in the World Cup was my England career highlight, the atmosphere in that World Cup semi-final was something I’ve never experienced. I’ve played in Cup finals and now a World Cup final but nothing comes close to that game in terms of the atmosphere, the volume of the crowd, the way the lads stuck in right until the end will always be special to me.

“There’s some fantastic players that deserve a chance now and England are going to be a fantastic nation and we are definitely building towards success and I know that everyone is buzzing about Wayne deciding to stay on as Head Coach.

“I’m the biggest England fan and I’m proud that I’ve been part of that journey with them. Every time they play I’ll be cheering them on and I know they’ll do well, they are a fantastic group and I’ll always support England with my little lad and my family.”

Brown played four times for England in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup and made his debut in 2010 under former England Head Coach Steve McNamara.

England Head Coach, Wayne Bennett, said:

“Kevin has been the ultimate professional and shown a great attitude and an unwavering commitment to the England programme. He contributed greatly to our performance at the World Cup and in the mid-season Test game against Samoa.

“Kevin has all the playing and personal qualities that we require from our players and showed great professionalism throughout.

“We fully understand the reasons behind his decision and wish him the very best.”

Brown won’t be replaced in the EPS at this stage.

Rugby League Challenge

Tickets to the England v New Zealand international Test at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver on Saturday, June 23 are on sale now. To buy tickets and for more information, fans can visit http://www.rugbyleaguechallenge.com

England and New Zealand are also involved in a three-match International Test Series which starts on Saturday, October 27 (2.30pm) at KCOM Stadium, Hull and carries on at Anfield, Liverpool on Saturday, November 3 and concludes at Elland Road, Leeds on Sunday, November 11. Tickets for all three games are on sale now at http://rugby-league.com and cost from £25 for adults and £12.50 for concessions.

Our League’ members will get £5 off all ticket categories when purchased through the Our League App or website.

Kevin Brown image by SWPix


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SINCE Covid-19 caused us to temporarily abandon door-to-door CLUB CASH lottery collections last Spring there’s never been a better time to come on board and help Roughyeds to get through these hugely challenging times.

Why? The £500-a-week rollover jackpot is back — not only that there are now TWO £50 prizes and TWO £25 prizes in addition to the first prize of £1,000, a second prize of £100 and ten consolation prizes of £10.

But the return of the jackpot is the big lottery news. It’s back this week and it’s been won first time out, so next week’s jackpot is again £500 but if nobody touches lucky it will go up to £1,000 the following week and increase by £500 a week, if not won, to a maximum of £10,000.

We have seriously missed the regular income from collections on the doorstep, but we cannot thank too much those supporters who have got behind the club in these unprecedented times of hardship by keeping their Club Cash memberships going or, indeed, by joining for the first time, knowing that for £1 a week they can help the club to combat Covid and prepare with confidence for the challenges of Betfred Championship rugby in 2021.

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You can download a standing order form by clicking on the link at the end of this news release and following the instructions or you can contact our Club Cash administrator John McAndrew (tel: 07980 129541; email: mcandrewj@aol.com) or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The easiest way, though, is to download a standing order form below. The latest prize updates are shown on the form as follows (all for £1): £1,000, £100, £50 (2), £25 (2), a number of £10 consolation prizes and the £500-a-week rollover jackpot.

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