FAR & WIDE: Number 19

By STEVE MASCORD

PREPARATIONS are on in earnest for Vanuatu’s league debut, against Greece in Port Vila on October 20.

The Vanuatu Rugby League have signed a sponsorship deal with Ford. The team will assemble in Port Vila on October 16 ahead of the international, with Storm grand final star Justin O’Neill in line for selection.
At the moment, October 20 is also the day France plays Wales in Lens and Thailand takes on the Philippines in Bangkok. We’re hearing the latter game may, however, be subject to minor time and/or date changes (NB: Now confirmed for Royal Thai Police Stadium at 3pm on October 21).
On Monday, October 22, the Philippines side (featuring Matt Srama, Kevin Gordon and Andrew Everingham) will travel to Manila to undertake coaching clinics. Far & Wide understands the first of these will be on Wednesday, October 24. The clinics will over the course of that week will be held in Manilla and in another venue about two hours’ drive from the capital.
We’ve been waiting a while for the draw of the Tri-Nations, involving England, Wales and France. Things seem to have progressed since we last reported on this.
The second game of the series is between Wales and England at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham on October 27 and the third a week later between England and France at Craven Park, Hull. The final, on November 8, is penciled in for Salford City Stadium.
It’s hope the matches will be shown live on BBC at 3pm UK time.
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THE rubbery nature of international eligibility is not limited to the southern hemisphere.
Huddersfield’s Dale Ferguson has had a strong year in Super League. He started his representative career for Scotland before switching to England Knights, the second tier England team. Now he’s going back to Scotland.
But his Giants team-mate Joe Wardle, who made his Scotland debut alongside Ferguson, is still with England Knights and will play AGAINST Scotland in Edinburgh on October 28. Are you with me?
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TIME to honour the premiers around the country.
Northern Territory: Brothers, 36-10 over Nightcliff. South Australia. Centrals 21-10 over Norths. Western Australia: North Beach 17-10 over Fremantle. Victoria: Altona, 25-22 over Sunbury.  ACT: Belconnen United, 38-22 over Queanbeyan Kangaroos. Tasmania play in the summer.

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