BARLA Great Britain Lions coach Mick Turner has named his squad for Saturday's game against the Redfern All Blacks.
Turner is working hard with assistant Chris Middlehurst to get the side ready for what will no doubt be a tough test and told of the importance to get a win a week before the Test match.
He said, ""We need to get a win against the Redfern All Blacks to build confidence. If we don't get a win this week it will be "backs to the wall" in the Test match."
Tommy Goulden, who celebrated his birthday yesterday, will captain the side and will be hoping for a late birthday present on Saturday with an opening victory of the tour.
Captain Tommy Goulden echoed his coach's sentiments, saying, ""If we get a win this weekend it will raise our confidence going into the Test. The moral in the squad is high and we're enjoying it but we're here to play rugby. We want to win as many games as we possibly can."
It has been an agonising decision for the coach with 25 fully fit players competing for a place in the team. The only long-term casualty is Alex Bretherton of Thornhill Trojans who broke his ankle in the opening game against Manly at the Brookvale Oval. Alex will be attending the Prince of Wales Hospital with team manager Neil Baxter to see the consultant to see how his injury is progressing.
BARLA Great Britain Lions
1 Lawrence Wildbore (West Hull) 2 Chris Lee (West Hull) 3 Paul Egan (Wigan St Patricks) 4 Carl Rudd (Wath Brow Hornets) 5 Carl Jones (Wigan St Patricks) 6 Danny Kilshaw (Leigh East) 7 Terry Lynn (West Hull) 8 Scott Teare (Wath Brow Hornets) 9 Gary Weymes (East Hull) 10 Paul Davidson (Wath Brow Hornets) 11 Anthony Broadhead (Thornhill Trojans) 12 David Patterson (Leigh Miners Rangers) 13 Tommy Goulden (C) (Leigh Miners Rangers)
Subs from: 14 Carl Hughes (Stanley Rangers) 15 Ashley Lindsay (Shaw Cross) 16 Lee Wingfield (Leigh East) 17 Gavin Last (West Hull) 18 Danny Tyrrell (Oldham St Annes) 19 Paul Raftery (Eccles & Salford Juniors) 20 Paul Toole (Blackbrook)
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 v Redfern All Blacks Erskinville Oval, Erskinville, Sydney Kick Off: 2.30pm
Game 4 - Saturday 10th July v Australian Aboriginals - TEST MATCH Kitchener Oval, Gunnedah Country, NSW Kick Off: 3.30pm
Game 5 - Wednesday 14th July v Combined North Coast Kempsey, NSW Kick Off: 3.00pm
Game 6 - Saturday 17th July v Combined Police/Corrective Services Venue TBA, Sydney Kick Off: 4.00pm