Friday, 27 November 2015

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Cumbria RL boss vows players will not be star-struck against England

Paul Crarey pledged that gritty Cumbria would not be star-struck against England tomorrow.

Paul Crarey photo
Paul Crarey

The ex-Whitehaven and Barrow boss coached the county to past wins over Tonga and the United States and is going for a hat-trick at the Recreation Ground, in a match that will raise funds for the late Garry Purdham’s young family.

He said. “We are happy to go toe-to-toe, and the longer we are in it, the more chance we have of winning.

“We’ll go out to match them in the forwards because if we don’t, our backs can’t do anything. The Whitehaven pitch is always heavy and that will even things up a bit,

“We’ve beaten Tonga and the United States, and we are looking for a big scalp this time. No one thought we would beat Tonga, but Brett McDermott put Fuifui Moimoi on his backside in the first five minutes, the game settled down and we did it, in horrendous conditions. “I’ve enjoyed working with the guys. They are a fantastic group of players. We have a special bond in Cumbria.”

Crarey has named seven players attached to Super League clubs in his 17 and will start with Hull’s Ewan Dowes and Kyle Amor, of Leeds Rhinos, at prop.

“We have some tough guys in the team,” Crarey added. “Ewan Dowes hasn’t played for a few weeks but has offered to play 80 minutes if we need him to.

“None of the lads are getting anything for playing. They are doing it for Garry Purdham and his family. Win, lose or draw, we’ll have a go.”

Top Super League ref Phil Bentham will be in charge.

Cumbria: Gary Broadbent (Barrow), Ade Gardner (St Helens), Jason Mossop (Workington), Scott McAvoy (Whitehaven), Will Sharp (Hull), Oliver Wilkes (Harlequins), Liam Campbell (Barrow), Ewan Dowes (Hull), Jack Pedley (Workington), Kyle Amor (Leeds), Brett McDermott (Barrow), Spencer Miller (Whitehaven), Rob Purdham (Harlequins). Subs: Graeme Mattinson (Whitehaven), Howard Hill (Whitehaven), Gregg McNally (Huddersfield), Kris Coward (Workington).

Also in the squad: Neil Frazer, Aaron Low (both Town) and John-Paul Brocklebank, Rhys Davies (both Egremont Rangers).



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