The BARLA Great Britain Lions will play the last match of their tour tomorrow at the former home of South Sydney, the Redfern Oval. There opponents will be a Combined Police/Corrective Services Side and the Lions will be hoping to register a third win on their six-game tour.
They will however, have to do it the hard way. The squad has been ravaged by injuries and the crisis is so bad that coach Mick Turner will have to wait until just before kick off to confirm his line up. The injured players include Matt Rogers (knee), captain Tommy Goulden (groin), Lee Wingfield(sternum), Terry Lynn (neck), plus long term injuries to Alex Bretherton & Mark Deans.
Added to that Danny Tyrell has returned home for personnel reasons, whilst Carl Hughes travelled back with him due to a persistent shoulder injury.
Speaking after the 46-6 victory over the Many Rivers Rep side on Wednesday, coach Mick Turner said "Hopefully we will field a strong side for the last game at the Redfern Oval on Saturday."
He added, "We played with great spirit in a physical game and I was proud of the lads discipline, it was hard losing Terry Lynn after a couple of minutes and Tommy Goulden just intomthe second half. But we showed what we are capable off."
At 4.00pm on Sunday 18th July the squad will be leaving Sydney to return to Manchester. After a three-hour stop over in Singapore, they arrive at Terminal 2, Manchester Airport at 7.00am Monday 19th July. The squad will be available on arrival for limited media interviews and photographic opportunities.
Australia Tour 2004 Fixtures
Game 1 - Tuesday 22nd June 10 v 22 Manly-Warringah A Grade Rep Side Manly, Sydney Kick Off: 2.30pm
Game 2 - Saturday 26th June 30 v 36 South West Metro Waratahs Hillier Oval, Liverpool, Sydney Kick Off: 2.30pm
Game 3 - Saturday 3rd July 52 v 12 Redfern All Blacks Erskinville Oval, Erskinville, Sydney Kick Off: 2.30pm
Game 4 - Saturday 10th July 24 v 50 Australian Aboriginals - TEST MATCH Kitchener Oval, Gunnedah Country, NSW Kick Off: 3.30pm
Game 5 - Wednesday 14th July 46 v 6 Many Rivers Regional Rep Side Kempsey, NSW Kick Off: 3.00pm
Game 6 - Saturday 17th July v Combined Police/Corrective Services Redfern Oval, Sydney Kick Off: 4.30pm