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World Cup Winner Sheens to Coach Combined Nations All Stars

World Cup winner Tim Sheens has been appointed Head Coach of the Combined Nations All Stars team who will face England at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in June.

Sheens has had one of the longest and most successful coaching careers in Rugby League history, having won Australian Premierships with Canberra Raiders and Wests Tigers, and then spending six years as coach of the Australia national team from 2009-2015, which included regaining the World Cup in England in 2013.

More recently he has had spells in England with Salford Red Devils, Hull Kingston Rovers and Widnes Vikings.

He will be assisted by Andrew Henderson, the former Scotland hooker who is now on the coaching staff at Warrington Wolves after previous success as the head coach of London Broncos.

Tim Sheens said:

“As soon as I heard about the plans for this fixture, I thought it was an interesting coaching prospect. The Exiles games that were played a decade or so ago showed the amount of overseas talent in the Super League, and by rebranding as Combined Nations All Stars it’s expanded the players available from other countries who will be involved in the World Cup.

“We’ll have about 10 rounds of the Super League season for players to put themselves forward through their performances – and although we know one of the main aims of the fixture is to help Shaun Wane and his England team by providing an intense quality match as part of their World Cup preparations, I’m pretty confident that when we get the group together, we’ll also be determined to beat them.

“I’m looking forward to working with Andrew Henderson as my assistant coach. As well as his background with the Scotland team who he was always so passionate about representing, Andrew will have the inside track on Super League with his role at Warrington.”

England will face the Combined Nations All Stars on Friday June 25 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington (815pm), in the second match in a double header which kicks off when England Women face Wales (6pm).

That will be followed on Saturday June 26 by a Wheelchair Rugby League International for the third England team preparing for this autumn’s Rugby League World Cup, against Wales at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield (kick-off TBC).

An initial allocation of 4,000 tickets are now on sale for the double header at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Friday June 25 – with the hope that further areas of the stadium will become available as social distancing requirements ease.

The England Wheelchair fixture on Saturday June 26 has an initially limited allocation with more seats expected to be released nearer matchday.

Tickets for both events are available now (www.eticketing.co.uk/rugbyleague/) – Home – Rugby League Tickets (eticketing.co.uk) (www.eticketing.co.uk/rugbyleague/)


Club Cash

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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