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Robinson joins Jamaica on the road to RLWC2021

Dual code superstar Jason Robinson will be proud to represent his family roots when he links up with the Jamaica Rugby League squad for the first time ahead of next Sunday’s international against the England Knights at Emerald Headingley.

Robinson, whose father is Jamaican, accepted a position as Joint Operations Manager after the Reggae Warriors secured a place in the 2021 Rugby League World Cup with a famous win against the United States last autumn.

The game against the England Knights has been arranged as part of their preparations for the World Cup – both to provide a high-quality fixture for the team, and also to begin the process of engaging with Jamaican communities in the North of England and beyond.

“Not many people associate Jamaica with Rugby League, but this could be a great story for the 2021 World Cup,” said Robinson – who is to present the Harry Sunderland Award to the man of the match in Saturday’s Betfred Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford, having won the award in the first Grand Final playing for Wigan against Leeds in 1998.

“The game has been played in Jamaica for a number of years now, and there are a lot of players in England who are proud of representing their Jamaican heritage – as they showed with their performances in qualifying for the World Cup last year.

“This game against the Knights is a great opportunity for the team to play in England, and there has already been a lot of work in terms of introducing the Jamaica Rugby League team to the many people with Jamaican heritage in England.”

Jamaica’s head coach Romeo Monteith and his assistant Jermaine Coleman have named a 20-man squad which includes one high-profile new recruit to the cause in Michael Lawrence, the long-serving Huddersfield Giants forward.

Lawrence’s Giants team-mate Jordan Turner has also pledged his support to the Reggae Warriors in the build-up to 2021, although he is ruled out of the Knights fixture by injury.

The squad also includes Ashton Golding, who was man of the match in the World Cup qualifier and ended the 2019 season playing for Featherstone Rovers on dual registration from Leeds; Ben Jones-Bishop of Wakefield Trinity; and James Woodburn-Hall, the former Leeds University student who starred for Halifax in their run to the semi finals of the Coral Challenge Cup.

There are two players from Duhaney Park Red Sharks, the Kingston club who have been Jamaica’s domestic champions for the last seven years – Khamisi Mckain and Jenson Morris.

Paul Anderson, the England Knights head coach, will name a 19-man squad next Tuesday.

Jamaica squad

  • Mo Agoro (Newcastle Thunder)
  • Jordan Andrade (Dewsbury Rams)
  • Alex Brown (Dewsbury Rams)
  • Joe Brown (Newcastle Thunder)
  • Omari Caro (London Skolars)
  • Mason Caton-Brown (unattached)
  • Jymel Coleman (London Skolars)
  • Joel Farrell (Sheffield Eagles)
  • Ashton Golding (Leeds Rhinos)
  • Greg Johnson (Salford Red Devils)
  • Ben Jones-Bishop (Wakefield Trinity)
  • Michael Lawrence (Huddersfield Giants)
  • Khamisi Mckain (Duhaney Park Red Sharks)
  • Jon Magrin (Bradford Bulls)
  • Jenson Morris (Duhaney Park Red Sharks)
  • Ross Peltier (Bradford Bulls)
  • Jodie Sherrife (Dewsbury Rams)
  • Keenan Tomlinson (Batley Bulldogs)
  • Danny Thomas (Dewsbury Celtic)
  • James Woodburn-Hall (Halifax)

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AS you all know from your own experiences these are tough times for everybody, but we believe you will agree that OLDHAM RLFC is taking massive inspiration from the fabulous NHS and other key workers in tackling Covid head-on, while looking forward positively to the 2021 season and better times ahead thanks to the outstanding work now being done to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Nevertheless, we have to face facts and be realistic enough to accept that the club urgently needs every pound that is currently coming in from whatever source. One of those sources is our Club Cash lottery and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support us on this. A lot of you who used to pay our collectors on the doorstep have responded to our suggestions on how to pay by different methods and we are extremely grateful for that. Thanks again. You will never know how much difference your contributions make.

Alas, our income from the lottery has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the course of the pandemic and that would be a huge blow financially at any time let alone a time of unprecedented hardship because of the pandemic. It really is a situation we seriously need to address.

With that in mind the prize fund for the duration of the latest national lockdown will be temporarily reduced from February 10.

You will still be able to win a £1,000 first prize, plus £100, £50, £25 and ten £10 prizes every week, while continuing to provide vital support for the club and it will only cost you £1 a week. You can’t get a decent coffee for that, but the difference it makes to the club when multiplied a few times over and then multiplied again by 52 – the number of weeks in the financial year – is of major significance.

If you can help us at all — for £1 a week — it would be hugely appreciated by everyone with Oldham RL Club at heart. The prize structure still represents good value for money for an outlay of £1.

To those who are already members and help us accordingly, we very much hope to retain your support at this extremely difficult time.

Should you wish to play but don’t, due to the pausing of cash collection rounds, we have other options available, which you can discuss with our lottery administrator, John McAndrew on 07980129541 or from the club on 07904 898177.

Alternatively, you can send an email to: mcandrewj@aol.com or to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The prize fund will be increased back to previous levels as soon as latest lockdowns are released. Please watch our website and social media platforms for further announcements.

Finally, if you want more information about the lottery or you wish to discuss your membership please contact one of the numbers given above.

A huge thank-you to you all.

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