New Earswick All Blacks desperate to find winning form

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NEW Earswick All Blacks ARLC are desperate to get back to winning ways – and gain a quick revenge to boot.

All Blacks, who have only picked up one point from the last five games having started the Pennine League championship season among the front-runners, travel to lowly St Joseph’s just a week after losing to the Huddersfield club in the reverse fixture at White Rose Avenue.

That 26-18 result was St Joseph’s first win of term – at the eighth attempt.

All Blacks could have the trio of Louis Pool, Alan Davidson and Bobby Smith back in contention.

Selby Warriors are due to host Stainland Stags in division three, if the pitch is okay after the recent wet weather, while their ‘A’ team go to Moorends Thorne Marauders ‘A’ in division seven.

Meanwhile, former York City Knights academy duo Mark Wilson and Sam Blaney are in the 20-man England Students squad for Sunday’s match against the Australian Institute of Sport side.

As reported by The Press, six players with York connections were named in the 32-strong train-on squad, with the other four being 17-year-old protégé Tim Stubbs and Luke Tomlinson – both of whom are in the current Knights’ first-team party – along with Matt Brewer and York Acorn ARLC’s Carl Loft.

Wilson, a former York College full-back, and centre Blaney, a Heworth ARLC product, both of whom turned out for the Knights’ first-team in 2008, have now been selected by England Students head coach Gareth Pratt to take on Australia’s noted touring outfit at Stanningley, kick off 2pm. Wilson is at Loughborough University and Blaney at Gloucestershire.

Pratt, who will name his 17 close to kick off, said: “This game is a fabulous opportunity for the team to test themselves against some of the best up and coming Australian players.

“Historically the AIS has produced some fine players. This is a prestigious fixture to play in.”

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