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Lovegrove rings the changes

​RHYS Lovegrove, Keighley Cougars’ new head coach, has made half a dozen changes in his 19-man squad for Sunday’s game at Oldham.

Lovegrove (32), an Aussie, joined Cougars as assistant coach in January and now succeeds the sacked Craig Lingard with 74-year-old Phil Larder appointed as director of coaching to work closely with the Australian.

A former player with St George-Illawarra, he came to the UK in 2007 and spent nearly a decade with Hull KR.

Both Oldham and Keighley are bidding to come back positively after heavy defeats last week, Roughyeds after a 31-0 defeat at Doncaster and Cougars after losing 34-0 at Hunslet.

Scott Naylor has said he will be looking to make changes and Lovegrove has already done it.

Benn Hardcastle and Matt Nicholson are out through injury; Louis Sheriffe is working; on-loan Harvey Hallas has been recalled by Dewsbury Rms for their trip to Toronto Wolfpack.

Taylor Prell and Kieran Moran are left out.

Cougars squad: Aitchison, Bailey, Cooke, Coventry, Crotty, Cullimore, Dixon, Feather, Hallet, Horn, Lynam, Miller, Muranka, Parker, Seeley, Thackray, Welham, Wray, Wright.

Roughyeds will announce their squad of 19 after tomorrow’s Captain’s Run.

Fans are reminded that pay-at-the-gate supporters who attend this Sunday’s game will get a voucher for half-price admission at the next home game against West Wales Raiders on Sunday, June 30.

In lieu of that, season-ticket holders will get an additional 20 per cent off 2019 merchandise which is already discounted.



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AS lockdown restrictions start to ease, now is the time for everyone connected with Oldham RLFC to do all they can to help with getting income from our Club Cash lottery back to where it was before the pandemic started to bite.

This is vital for the club and its finances which, as you all know, have taken a massive hit in the past 12 months.

Collectors will be returning to door-to-door visits in the next few weeks and we hope people who suspended payments will pick up where they left off as we strive and work hard to get back to where we were before the pandemic caused us to lose 50 per cent of our lottery income.

Many of our regular punters, who would normally pay a collector, have answered our calls for help by finding other ways to pay and to retain their chances of winning prizes.

To those people we are very grateful and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them once again for their loyal and continued support.

The lottery, of course, is potentially one of our biggest fund-raisers and for as little as £1 a week — more if you wish — you can help the club immensely and at the same time have chances to win £1,000, £100, £50, £25 or one of ten consolation prizes of £10.

That’s the present prize structure. There’s every chance it will be increased once we are out of lockdown, door-to-door collections start again and we get back to some sort of normality.

In the meantime you can join, or start up again, by contacting the club on 07904 898177 or by email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

For more information about the lottery, and for the “great opportunities” provided by our partnership with the National Youth and Community Development Association (NYCDA) go our Club Cash page.

There, you will find all the results and a detailed statement about getting back to normal with the help of our not-for-profit partners.

All proceeds from the partnership will continue to support the club and help us to meet the aims of our Club Cash activities, particularly in its aims and objectives to be an active stakeholder in the local community.

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