Great Britain Lions

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Lions Head to Doncaster
Nov 9, 2023 - 4:08:49 PM

The GB Lions will be playing the French National Team at the Keepmoat, Doncaster on Saturday 14th November with a 5.00pm kick-off (tbc)


This game forms part of the continuing build up to next years European Championship in Frankfurt Germany; and is the return fixture in the two game series that started with GB winning in France 13 – 7 last November.


GB Lions Head Coach, Riq Ayub said, ‘We have a very good relationship with the French National Programme and both Teams are looking forward to locking horns again. We see this as an important step in building upon the recent Tri-Nations Tournament in July and it gives us the potential to look at a few new faces in a testing game situation. The French are always difficult opponents and will be looking for a win on British soil’


The Doncaster Mustangs, whose home pitch is being used for the game, are helping to stage this important fixture in the Lions calendar.


BAFA Chairman, Gary Marshall, said, ‘We are delighted to have this game in Doncaster a nd we are working closely with the Mustangs who are acting as game day hosts for us. They are helping the Lions with local organisation and game day management and Mark Blyth, who headed up the recent successful Britbowl organising team, is lending us his expertise’


Coach Ayub added, ‘We hope that people will come out to support the Lions in this game which is sure to be a hard fought affair.’


Admission on the day is £5.00 for adults; £2.50 for U.18; and £10.00 for a family (2 adults and child/children).

The GB Lions Squad will be as follows:

First Name Last name Pos Team
Melvyn   AKINS DB London Blitz
Emir BATTALOGLU DB Birmingham Bulls
Ivor CLARK DB East Kilbride Pirates
Joe COULTATE DB London Blitz
Scott FINDLAY DB East Kilbride Pirates
James IRVING DB London Cobras
Matt   KIDD DB Gateshead Senators
Ed MORGAN DB London Blitz
Fraser THOMSON DB Dundee Hurricanes
Alan BLAKE DL London Blitz
Edson BRAS DL London Cobras
Gary   CLARK DL Coventry Jets
Sean HOPKINS DL Bristol Aztecs
David   LAWREY DL East Kent Mavericks
Lawrence REID DL London Blitz
Paul SUMMERS DL London Blitz
Lewis WATTS DL Farnham Knights
Steve WILSON DL East Kilbride Pirates
Tom BARKER LB Newcastle Raiders
Lloyd   BUXTON LB London Blitz
Steve CLEMENTS LB London Blitz
Lee   COLLINS LB East Kilbride Pirates
Matt   DAVIS LB Tamworth Phoenix
Fabrizio GARGIULO LB London Blitz
Graham ROBERTS LB Manchester Titans
Femi   TAIWO LB London Blitz
Chris THACKER LB Tamworth Phoenix
Rab   BEVERIDGE OL East Kilbride Pirates
David   CODRINGTON OL Redditch Arrows
Tom   CROZIER OL Newcastle Raiders
Ricard GADZEPKO OL London Cobras
Robert HARDY OL Bristol Aztecs
Kevin KEOHANE OL Farnham Knights
Matthew MEYER OL London Blitz
Alex   PHILLIPS OL London Cobras
Callum WRIGHT OL East Kilbride Pirates
Fred BOYLE QB London Blitz
Stuart FRANKLIN QB Coventry Jets
Eber KINGTON QB Sussex Thunder
Pete RODGERS QB Yorkshire Rams
Jermaine ALLEN RB London Cobras
Jamie   CHARLES RB Napier Mavericks
Jonathan CHILTON RB London Blitz
Gareth DAULEY RB London Blitz
Iain DICK RB East Kilbride Pirates
Niakate MAHAMADOU RB Dundee Hurricanes
Robert   CAMPBELL TE Gateshead Senators
Mark   MURPHY TE East Kilbride Pirates
Rod   BRADLEY WR London Blitz
James HOSSACK WR Tamworth Phoenix
Ian JACQUET WR London Cobras
Richard McHUGH WR Kent Exiles
Folley OGUNDELE WR London Olympians
Clive   PALUMBO WR Kent Exiles
Tom SHENNEN WR London Blitz
Jeremy SIMMS WR Coventry Jets


Paul SHERRATT STC/Asst. Coach-QB
Simon NEWNHAM Asst. Coach-LB
Don EDMONSTON Asst. Coach-OL
Jason SCOTT Asst. Coach-TE
Stuart MILLER Asst. Coach-WR
Malcolm PHILLIPS Asst. Coach-DB
Bernie HACKSAW Asst. Coach-DL
Martin HILTON Asst. Coach
Karl DOODS Film Coord
Joe WALKER Asst Film Coord


Albert LAMBERT JNR Administration
Khalil ULLAH Administration
Julius HOBBS Administration
Melina HEALEY Head Trainer
Ellen SCOTT-CLARKE Trainer
Lorraine EREIRA Trainer
Steve BROOKS Trainer
Steve NOBBS Asst Trainer
Ashley HEALEY Asst Trainer

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