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O’Loughlin to miss Great Britain tour

Sean O’Loughlin will be a significant absentee from the Great Britain squad when it is announced tomorrow (Monday), after discussions with the GB coaching and management staff.

The Wigan and England captain had targeted a return to Great Britain colours on the first Rugby League Lions tour since 2006 as the perfect way to round off his international career, having earned 11 caps in the red and blue V from 2004-7 before winning an additional 25 caps for England.

But after missing much of the 2019 Betfred Super League season with a pectoral injury, it has been agreed that O’Loughlin’s interests would be better served by spending a full off-season at home.

Kevin Sinfield, the Rugby Football League’s Director of Rugby, said:

“Lockers has made an outstanding contribution to the national team over the last 15 years, and has led from the front as England captain. He has been integral to the squad’s improvements and influenced so many, especially since we introduced the England Performance Unit after the 2017 World Cup.

“I had the pleasure of playing alongside him and he is an absolute champion both on and off the field – a true warrior. He has had a difficult year with injuries and he will be sorely missed in 2019 but his influence will remain.

“Both Wayne Bennett and Sean discussed and agreed that it was best for him to miss the tour this year.”

Great Britain and England head coach Wayne Bennett said:

“I’ve admired Sean O’Loughlin as a player for a long time, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with him with England.

“He’s been an outstanding leader of the team on and off the field, with the ability to play in any position, and his combination of skill and toughness. It was important that I spoke to him and we agreed on an outcome, and hopefully it will help him come back fresh next season.”

A 24-man squad for Great Britain’s four-match tour of New Zealand and Papua New Guinea will be named tomorrow (Monday October 14) at 2pm, via media release.

It will include 11 members of the England squad who flew to Sydney yesterday (Saturday) for next weekend’s Downer World Cup Nines. The remaining 13 players will be available for interview at the Worsley Marriott on Tuesday October 15 from 1030am – for further arrangements or to confirm your attendance, please contact RFL Head of Media Andy Wilson (andy.wilson@rfl.co.uk)



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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.

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