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Junior league players make rep squad ahead of French tour

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Byron Bay Lennox Head Junior Rugby League Club players Zain Mitchell-Dowding, Kolbi Wood and Ben Moyle have been named in this season’s Under-15 representative squad.

During the year these young men will participate in the Country Rugby League championships, which will be held in Port Macquarie in September.

Zain was also selected for the Titans Development Squad during the off season. 

Following the local championships two of the boys, Zain and Kolbi, will be travelling to London and France to participate in an international tournament. 

The Tweed Byron Group 18 JRL have been invited by Federation France Rugby League to take part in the Battlefields Challenge 2018 commemorating 100 years since WWI. 

The late October carnival will include U/15 rep teams from France, New Zealand and England. 

This team is the only Australian team to be invited.

During game days, the players will also be paying homage to the end of the Great War, where they will visit the preserved battlefields, honour our ancestors and celebrate the friendship of our allies. 

Wreath laying

This will also include a wreath-laying ceremony at the foot of the monument at Villers Bretonneux National Memorial and Cemetery in remembrance of our ancestors. This will be a great source of history where everyone involved will learn to understand the contribution made by Australia during the first world war.

The tour will culminate with the players spending some time in specialist sports training facilities in the south of France, where they will also play against a local school team.

The tour will also include many historical sites for all members to visit from Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament to the Eiffel Tower, Seine River, Sir John Monash Centre and Disneyland Paris, just to name a few.

Byron Lennox JRLC would like to congratulate the boys on such an exciting opportunity to represent our local club, community and Australia in what will be a tour to remember.

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