In an interview with Alan Jones on Thursday morning, Mr Abbott rejected the notion that he was overstating the threat posed by ISIS and unnecessarily scaring the Australian public.
“It’s nonsense. Turn on your televisions, look at what is happening. The latest atrocity apparently was four young men being strung up and burnt alive,” the prime minister said.
“The Nazis did terrible evil but they had a sufficient sense of shame to try to hide it.”
“These people boast about their evil, this is the extraordinary thing. They act in the way that medieval barbarians acted; only they broadcast it to the world with an effrontery which is hard to credit.”
Following the interview, the president of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, Robert Goot, said Islamic State was “a profoundly evil organisation” but described Mr Abbott’s comments that the terror group is worse than the Nazis as “injudicious and unfortunate”.
“The crimes of Islamic State are indeed horrific, but cannot be compared to the systematic round-up of millions of people and their despatch to purpose-built death camps for mass murder,” he said, according to Fairfax Media.
“There is a fundamental difference between organised acts of terrorism and a genocide systematically implemented by a state as essential policy.
“Acts of terrorism are necessarily done in the full glare of publicity for their propaganda effect. In contrast, those responsible for ordering and implementing systematic state-sponsored genocide are high government officials who often operate in secret not out of any sense of shame, but to avoid being held criminally responsible for their actions.”
Later in the day, Mr Abbott was unapologetic, suggesting that his words were being twisted.
“I’m not in the business of ranking evil, but I do make this point, that unlike previous evil-doers, whether we’re talking about Stalin, Hitler or whoever that tried to cover up their evil, this wretched death cult boasts about it.”
A decision on whether Australia will expand airstrikes against ISIS, currently restricted to inside Iraqi borders, to Syria is expected to be announced next week.
IMAGE: Tony Abbott (Via Drop of Light / Shutterstock.com)]]>
In the original clip posted to YouTube and Facebook on Sunday, which went viral earlier this week and was reported on by major news outlets around the world, Ms Amyot declares that she had a one-night stand while holidaying in Mooloolaba on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
After returning home, Amyot says, she discovered she was pregnant. Now she had returned Down Under in a desperate quest to find the “really cute” Australian father.
But it was all a lie; or more accurately, a social media marketing campaign.
In a new clip posted on Wednesday under the title ‘I found him!’ Amyot introduces English accented Andy Sellar, owner of Sunny Coast Social Media. Seller reveals the clip was made to promote Holiday Mooloolaba.
“I know there’s going to be a lot of you who are upset by this and are not too happy, but this young lady was just volunteering for this. I do all the Facebook, the YouTube,” he says.
“I did all the answering. She had nothing to do with that. She was literally just an actress.”
“We just wanted to put Mooloolaba on the map, because it’s a wonderful place.”
An unrepentant Sellar goes on to add that his company will be doing many more videos like it.
“I felt it tear at me. It felt like a shark. I’m from Queensland, so we have sharks there, but I wouldn’t have expected sharks to be here,” Jane Neame told the Phuket Gazette.
The six months pregnant, 37-year-old was rescued by her partner, Robert Passmore, after apparently being bitten on the foot while wading in shallow water on Tuesday.
“I’m pregnant, so I didn’t want to get too anxious. I wanted to stay calm,” she said.
“It’s very painful. It severed my tendon. The fish took it away.”
Neame says she may have stood on the animal which then bit her, injuring the bottom and top of her left foot
According to AAP, a spokesman for the Bangkok Hospital Phuket, Piyarat Techamanasikul, said surgery on the Australian’s foot had been relatively successful, although it was too early to know if she would regain full use of the affected toes.
Neame and Passmore, who are in the middle of a week’s holiday in Phuket, told local media that they wouldn’t hesitate in coming back to the popular tourist destination or going back into the water.
“I’m not scared. I love the ocean,” Neame said.
According to KnowPhuket.com there are several shark species known to inhabit the island’s waters, however none are said to be a threat to people and there have never been any shark attacks recorded in the area.
IMAGE: Jane Neame and partner Ross Passmore. (Via Facebook)]]>
For expat Aussie and Kiwi NRL footy fans it’s a unique opportunity to come face to face with the very best of the game in the Northern Hemisphere, right here in the Capital, and is not to be missed. Here’s why:
The Super League is chock-full of former NRL greats and the clash at The Den sure has its fair share. It’s a superb chance to catch some Aussie and Kiwi superstars sweating and hitting it out.
Lining up for Wigan Warriors is fullback Mathew Bowen. Matty, of course, has pulled on a jumper for the Kangaroos and the Queensland Origin side, as well as setting a record for most games with his former NRL team, the Cowboys. He was club and Rugby League Professionals Association’s Player of the Year player in 2007. Bowen moved to Wigan in 2014 where he notched up his 300th career game this season.
On the roster at Catalan Dragons are none other the headline grabbing Todd Carney, centre Willy Tonga and front-rower Jeff Lima.
Ah yes, Todd Carney. So gifted on the field, so bad off it. Since winning the Dally M Medal in 2010, Australian rugby league’s highest honour, Carney’s public fall from grace was spectacular and well documented.
So far, so good at his new home with the Dragons in France, though, where they love him. And his prowess with the footy has never been in question.
Willy Tonga is also another former successful Kangaroo and Maroon, before a string of injuries with the Parramatta Eels jeopardised his career.
Since joining Catalan in 2015 his has regained his verve, notching up 7 tries so far this season despite another injury setback in June.
A Kiwi and Samoa international rep, fans will recall Jeff Lima being part of Melbourne Storm team that took out the 2007 and 2009 NRL grand finals. He was also a vital cog in the 2014 champion South Sydney team. A bit of a journeyman, Lima is also a former Wigan player, so some old friends are sure to give him a warm welcome.
Hailing from Greater Manchester, the Wigan Warriors are the world’s most successful rugby league team.
One of the original break-away teams from rugby union in 1895 to establish rugby league as we know it today, Wigan have won 20 League Championships (including three Super League Grand Finals), 19 Challenge Cups and three World Club Challenge trophies against the best from Down Under.
The Warriors were runners-up in the 2014 Super League Grand Final and are desperate to go one better this year, to put themselves back at the pinnacle.
Unlike the NRL, towards the business end of the season the Super League goes into Super 8s mode. The top eight clubs* on the ladder go forward to play each other once more for a place in the top four play-offs, leading to the Grand Final.
Wigan finished third in regular season but have shifted up to second with five wins out of six going into Saturday’s encounter. Catalan were eighth but have moved up to seventh. Wigan have the form but in their two encounters this season, the Dragons smashed the Warriors 58 – 16 at their French home in May while Wigan racked up an emphatic 34-0 triumph on their own home turf in April. London is basically neutral soil for these teams, so anything could happen.
*Spare a thought for the bottom four clubs who go into their own Super 8 series against the best of the lower division in a fight to stave of relegation. It makes for exciting footy, though.
Despite their best efforts, the London Broncos just couldn’t match it in the Super League and have been relegated from the top flight. So, all the best footy action these days takes place ‘up North’ in England’s rugby league heartland.
The game on Saturday marks a return to the Capital for high class rugby league fixtures and the city’s fans, especially NRL starved expats, could not be happier.
All things going well, word on the street is that Wigan Warriors could make the journey to London a more regular occurrence in future Super League seasons. So, if you are a die-hard rugby league fan or just miss some proper hard footy in an otherwise soccer dominated city, get on down to The Den this Saturday and show your support.
Wigan Warriors face Catalans Dragons in the Super League Super 8s at The Den, Millwall on Saturday 5th September.
Tickets for the game are available from the DW Stadium Ticket Office, on the Ticket Hotline 0871 6633 552, and here online.
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A motorhome holiday offers the chance to break free from a fixed itinerary, scheduled flight times and pre-booked hotel dates and indulge in the luxury of doing things at your own pace. From waking up with a new view each morning to pulling over to get that all-important sunset snap or even spontaneously staying overnight in the grounds of a working vineyard, going by camper gives travelers more room for adventure and exploration.
Australasia’s leading motorhome companies Britz and Maui have teamed up to share their top five scenic road trip journeys in Australia including their favourite on-route photo spots:
Route one: The Great Barrier Reef – Brisbane to Cairns
This itinerary takes in some of the most unforgettable natural sites in the world travelling from the energetic city of Brisbane along the Sunshine Coast to the holiday shores of the Whitsunday Islands and on to the balmy climes of the tropical north and the Great Barrier Reef, before finishing off in Cairns.
Route two: Nature’s Way – Darwin to Darwin
The Nature’s Way route is perfect for self-drivers who want a trip steeped in nature, Aboriginal culture and off-the-beaten-track outback exploration. The route travels through the Northern Territory’s stunning and lush northern tropics including World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, Litchfield National Park and Nitmuluk National Park. Those seeking a real outdoors adventure can canoe down the Katherine River, swim in waterfalls at Litchfield and discover the world’s largest collection of Aboriginal rock art at Kakadu National Park.
Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve on the Wetlands for bridwatchers and nature lovers
The spellbinding Katherine Gorge, winding its way between red sandstone cliffs up to 70m high
The natural swimming pools of Gunlom with superb vistas across the Kakadu National Park
Route three: The Legendary Pacific Coast – Sydney to Brisbane
The Legendary Pacific Coast offers a seven-day journey that takes in the many scenic highlights of Australia’s Eastern Seaboard, from the iconic cities of Sydney and Brisbane to the natural beauty of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Nelson Bay and Byron Bay.
Nature photos in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park especially during the wildflower season
The dolphins at Nelson Bay
Cape Byron Lighthouse, Australia’s most easterly point
Route four: Southern Cruiser – Adelaide to Melbourne
Those who experience the ‘Southern Cruiser’ route by camper will meander from Adelaide to Melbourne over seven days, getting up close and personal with the native fauna and the spectacular oceanic scenery for which this journey is so well known. Highlights include the Princess Highway, incorporating the Great Ocean Road- known to be one of the best coastal routes in the world, the Barossa, one of the New World’s greatest wine producing areas, and Torquay, Australia’s surfing capital.
Route five: Western Wonderland – Perth to Perth
To explore the wonders of Western Australia and the Indian Ocean coastline Britz and maui recommend a six-day route that begins and ends in the stunning capital city of Perth. Along the way drivers will take in unforgettable landscapes in Rottnest Island, Kalbarri National Park and the Pinnacles Desert at Nambung National Park.]]>
The teams turn up in their fancy-dress outfits and play the whole day in them and then head to the pub in the same outfits. Indeed, money and time well spent!
The In2Touch Social World Cup is a sort after touch tournament that, those who know about, plan their September around. 20 countries from around the world are randomly selected and each team is given that country to dress up as and represent.
Past winners of the best-dressed team were teams that came as IKEA staff after being given Sweden. There were animal and safari onsies for the team that were given South Africa – and French mimes for, you guessed it, France.
For the regulars to this tournament, it’s not just about the outfits, it’s about experiencing the culture of that county for one day and then bringing, cheese, baguettes, grapes and wine as their only food and beverage for the day. The French team definitely brought in a new level. For all the past fun in pictures, head here: previous Fancy Dress Social World Cups.
Apart from the dress-up. there is some fantastic touch played. With pool stages, quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals, each team gets a chance to play many of the countries on the day.
With many of London’s top touch clubs playing, the level does not drop just because it is social. It is a tournament and, if you enjoy winning, that desire and passion to play the game light-heartedly will still push you to want to win.
What is also amazing to see is the way the day brings out friends, wives, husbands and children. Many players who do not have to time to devote nights to playing in the touch leagues will take this opportunity to get on the field while having their newborn and partner there watching and enjoy a great day out in the park.
You may have missed out on getting a team together, but you do not have to miss out on the day. Come on down to King George’s Park in Wandsworth, just off Kimber Road on Saturday, 5 September. The tournament starts at about 10am and runs all the way through to 4pm. Come down, even its just for an hour, and watch how touch can change your social life in a good way. Otherwise, come and join us at the afterparty at GJ’s, also in Wandsworth.
For more information on all the upcoming leagues, tournaments and to see many of the photo’s that were taken over the summer touch season, be sure to visit the In2Touch website and Facebook page.]]>
This may be a bold prediction, given the very obvious credentials of the current holders New Zealand. Realistically, there are at least six teams who can lay claim to be genuine contenders. In no particular order after New Zealand; Australia, South Africa, Ireland, England, Wales and France all will definitely fancy their chances.
As ever, luck, injuries and being able to close the tight games out will determine who ends up with rugby`s ultimate crown. What I hope is that we see a fitting final given the relatively limp offerings we have seen since the tournament’s inception in 1987 (2003 an honorable exception).
So let us try and put some coherent context to these supposed contenders. There are also many sumptuous subplots around selection, form, x-factor players and politics to whet the appetite.
An obvious place to start the form guide is New Zealand, the current holders of the famous Webb Ellis Trophy.
The All Blacks’ form over the last four years has been pretty bloody good save for a disappointing loss to the Wallabies a few weeks back. Their record of four losses since the 2011 World Cup is remarkable for its consistency and an ominous warning to the rest of the competition that to get past them is going to take a phenomenal performance.
It is also worth adding that among the thirty-odd wins they have racked up since that famous night in Auckland, many have come in the last 10 minutes against familiar old foes in the shape of the Australians, the English and the South Africans. Some may see this as a weakness but the reality is that the All Blacks know how to win in any game situation. They have the players and more importantly the experience across the field to confidently get over the line.
Add in the brilliance from the likes of the peerless Richie McCaw, Kieran Reed, Julia Saeva and Aaron Smith to name but a few and it is difficult to see where the chinks of armor are.
Like a broken gramophone record, doubts remain over New Zealand`s ability to play knockout rugby in the final stages. That idea is wearing very thin though, given the Kiwis’ brilliance week in, week out.
Australia are arguably the biggest threats to New Zealand`s crown.
Yes, the Wallabies were smashed in the last game of the recent Rugby Championship but that could be attributed to a number of questionable selection calls from Michael Chieka. The most important selection call was the acquisition of Mario Ledesma, the legendary Argentinian hooker who has added a hard edge to a previously questionable Wallaby front five.
Any hopes England and Wales hold on having the edge up front have been severely dented. The Aussies have pace, power and talent to burn out wide. Imagine what they can do with quality possession. Whether they have the ability to go all the way from a murderously tough group is the big question mark; as it is for England and Wales.
Watch out for Israel Folau, he has had a quiet year by his standards but this is the kind of platform where he should excel.
South Africa reminds me of France during the 2011 World Cup campaign. Their form has been terrible in the lead up, with Henneyke Meyer under pressure for a very backward thinking squad. There are many players who seem past their sell-by date and others who have not even played for many months. Only time will tell whether Meyer is a magician or pariah.
That said, if you blend the brilliance of Willie Le Roux and Bryan Habana with the power of Eben Etzebeth and Duane Vermeulen then the Boks are capable of going all the way. Everyone ridiculed France in 2011 and yet they went all the way to the final and were the better team in the decider.
Very honourable mentions go to the Pacific Islanders. I can`t wait to see how Fiji go in England`s group because they have such immense threat out wide. With so many players excelling in the lucrative French Top 14 competition, any loose ball will be run back with interest and tries.
The underlying issue for Fiji, as is likely for Western Samoa and Tonga, will be how much quality ball they will get from the set piece.
England, Wales and Australia cannot afford to take Fiji for granted, or they will come horribly unstuck. Think about the memorable contest between Wales and Fiji in 2007 and that should be motivation enough.
With the tournament being hosted in England and Wales, it is a wonderful opportunity for England in particular, with Ireland and France right on their coat tails. That is not to disrespect Wales, they cannot be discounted, but I feel that England and Australia have the thinnest of advantages at this stage.
The so-called ‘group of death’ involving England, Wales and Australia is a subplot in itself. Stating the blindingly obvious, all three teams must hit the ground running. That means England and Wales have to dramatically improve their troubled friendly preparations if they are confident of taking Australia out of the equation.
England has the formidable advantage of hosting both teams at Twickenham, a priceless one percenter, particularly if these games go to the wire where the crowd can be a 16th man. Wales do not have a good track record against Australia nor do they fare well when matches go into the last 10 minutes. So without any confidence whatsoever, I would make England very marginal favourites to get out of that group as winners.
The way France brutalized England up front in Paris in the warm-up game in August would have sent some relatively strong shockwaves through the competition.
The French are notoriously fickle, more so than ever before and that is what makes them such a difficult team to predict. Saint Andre has convinced no one that he knows what his strongest XV is but they look fit and fired up to go one better than their barmy 2011 campaign.
Ireland also deserves much consideration. The men in green are perhaps not getting the praise that their considerable efforts deserve over the last two years. They have added some southern hemisphere scalps to their two recent Six Nations crowns and have come closer to most when scalping the All Blacks.
Keep Paul O`Connell and Johnny Sexton fit and they will be a frightening opponent to meet in the finals. Robbie Henshaw has soothed the shock of no more Brian O`Driscoll and their pack is full of snarling, aggressive Irishmen as per the true Shamrock style.
Before we get to some predictions, I have to say that I cannot wait to see the extraordinary talent which will be showcased over the six weeks.
Every team needs an x-factor player to perform and there will be plenty to watch over the tournament. There has been much hype around Sam Burgess grabbing a spot in England`s squad, as was the case with Sonny Bill Williams back in 2011. Some may see it is a risk but there is no question what a talent Burgess is. Send him down the number 10 channel with a bit of space to work with and he will create opportunities.
Julian Savea is poised to perform a very credible version of 1995`s Jonah Lomu. You can add in the entire All Black backline and some very decent Australian claret in the form of the ageless Adam Ashley Cooper and Israel Folau.
South Africa, despite their problems, has unearthed a considerable gem in Jessie Kriel.
Meanwhile, Stuart Hogg along with Leigh Halfpenny, Yoann Huget, Jonathan Joseph and Robbie Henshaw have just as much ability to excite as their Southern Hemisphere counterparts.
But when you talk about talent, look no further than what Fiji and Western Samoa have at their disposal. The Pisi bruise brothers have lit up the premiership for the last few years and you can rail off a whole host of Fijian wingers with Talebula, Goneva and Matawalu among the very best on the planet.
And don`t forget those wily veterans in the talent stakes. The fierce Alesana Tuilagi will lead the Samoans into battle, Richie McCaw and Dan Carter are sure to once again show their excellence and Victor Matfield at the age of 38 can still rule the lineout like no other. A special mention to Mauro Bergamasco who is making his fifth tournament appearance and he still has just as much hair as he did in 1999.
So, who will win the 2015 Rugby World Cup? New Zealand rightfully go in as favourites but will they have enough match fitness from an easy group to have the necessary edge to progress through the finals?
That is why I think the ultimate winner will come from the ‘group of death’, with England and Australia the most likely to emerge from it.
Bring it on, and what a festival of rugby we have coming up!
IMAGE: Intosportphotography / Shutterstock.com]]>
The 38-year-old comedian received the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award top award on Saturday night for his show Spaghetti for Breakfast, which won the Barry Award at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival and and the Underbelly Award at Adelaide Fringe.
Simmons bagged a loot of £10,000 ($21,445) in prize money.
Fellow Australians Sarah Kendall and Tom Ballard also walked away with honours. Foster was nominated for her show A Day in October, while Ballard was nominated for Best Newcomer for his Edinburgh debut with Taxis and Rainbows and Hatred.
Foster’s Best Comedy Show 2015 is Sam Simmons @samsimmonss
— FostersComedy Awards (@ComedyAwards) August 29, 2015
THANKYOU Everyone!!! what an amazing day. My voice is ripped to shreds and I’m not going out tonight so I can have great last show…
— Sam Simmons (@samsimmonss) August 29, 2015
Images: Facebook via Sam Simmons official page]]>
Some of the world’s greatest former rugby players, celebrities and members of the armed forces will join Tindall to battle it out in the inaugural RUGBY AID 2015 charity match on Friday 4th September 2015 at the Twickenham Stoop.
The celebrity charity game will be in aid of RUGBY FOR HEROES of which Mike Tindall MBE is Patron. The charity raises funds and awareness through the sport of rugby, the fan community and the wider professional player network, to support military personnel who are making the transition back from military service to civilian life.
The England team will be captained by former England Captain and 2003 World Cup winner, Mike Tindall MBE and celebrities on the team include choreographer and television personality Louie Spence, Martin Offiah (Ex Rugby Star TV), Paul Sculthorpe MBE (Rugby), Vassos Alexander (Radio 2/5 Live), Gary Beadle (Celebrity Geordie Shore) Harry Judd (McBusted), JB Gill (JLS), Jamie Laing (Actor Made In Chelsea) Rav Wilding (TV Presenter), Terry Hollands (England’s Strongest Man), Kelvin Fletcher (Actor Emmerdale), Tom Parker (Pop Star The Wanted ) Dion Dublin (Footballer & TV presenter) .
Tindall will also be joined some of his former World Cup winning team mates including Kevin Yates, Nick Kennedy, Andy Gomarsall MBE, Tom May, Iain Balshaw MBE, Jason Robinson MBE, Paul Sackey, Mark Cueto, Ugo Monye, Lee Mears, Simon Shaw, Ben Cohen MBE and Pat Sanderson.
The England team will also be further bolstered by three Military servicemen Matt France, Ryan Hopkins , John Court from the Army Navy and RAF will also join the England team.
England will be Managed by Neil Back MBE with Assistant Manager Richard Hill MBE and coaching staff George Chuter, Jason Leonard OBE, Danny Grewcock MBE
The Rest Of The World team will be captained by Welsh Rugby legend Shane Williams MBE and celebrities on the team include former Westlife pop star Brian McFadden, TV presenters Gethin Jones, Craig Doyle and Matt Johnson, actor Julian Lewis Jones (Actor Invictus) ex footballer and now pundit Robbie Savage and Richard Hadfield (Singer Colabro).
The Rest of the World team (ROW) will contain former overseas and international rugby legends Justin Marshall, Brad Thorn, Shane Byrne, Thom Evans, Shane Byrne, Waisale Serevi, Al Kellock, AJ Venter, Serge Betsen, Rory Lawson, Terry Fanolua, Daryl Gibson, Dafydd James, Lee Byrne, Thomas Castaignede and Thinus Delport.
The team will also be further bolstered by three military servicemen Neil Griffiths, Marshal Cormack and Ryan Hopkins from the Arny Royal Navy and Royal Air Force who will join the ROW team.
Rest of the World team will be managed by Zinzan Brooke, assisted by Coach Sean Holley, Bryan Redpath, Paul Wallace and Ryan Jones
In a press statement Rugby Aid England captain, Mike Tindall MBE, said, “ Let’s be honest Rugby can be a fairly brutal sport, so for 20 well-known celebrities, some of whom have never played the sport, to agree to stand shoulder to shoulder next to some of the best players in the world in the name of charity is a fairly big deal! It’s either insane or really brave! But one thing is for sure it’s going to be entertaining… And don’t be fooled Louie Spence can so take on Shane Williams and win. Well maybe with Terry Holland’s support he can…”
The match will be played at the Twickenham Stoop, home of Harlequins and will be broadcast live on BT Sport. Television viewers will get to watch the build up to the big match with a preview programme on BT Sport on Thursday 3rd September which will cover the recruitment and training of each team, as well as a live broadcast of the match in BT’s new ultra-HD on Friday 4th September.
Celebrity Choreographer and TV personality Louie Spence has been limbering up and putting himself through a tough training regime, “I may not have the bulging biceps of Shane Williams but he’s going to have to run very fast to catch me, I’m quite looking forward to being chased around a rugby pitch by men in shorts”
Tickets for the event are now on sale online at www.tickets.quins.co.uk and by phone 0208 410 6010, with prices ranging from £20 to £40. Money raised through profits from ticket sales and donations made by viewers during the match will go to Rugby For Heroes, a charity that provides financial support to help military personnel overcome challenges when transitioning back to civilian life.
RUGBY AID 2015 TEAMS
REST OF THE WORLD
Gethin Jones (TV Presenter), Jamie Baulch (Olympian), Matt Johnson (TV Presenter), Brian McFadden (Singer – Westlife), Julian Lewis Jones (Actor – Invictus), Robbie Savage (ex-Footballer), Craig Doyle (TV Presenter) & Richard Hadfield (Singer – Collabro)
Shane Williams MBE, Shane Byrne, Brad Thorn, Al Kellock, Serge Betsen, AJ Venter, Justin Marshall, Rory Lawson, Terry Fanolua, Daryl Gibson, Dafydd James, Andre Snyman, Thom Evans, Lee Byrne, Thinus Delport, Waisale Serevi & Thomas Castaignede
Military servicemen from the Army Navy and RAF will include Neil Griffiths, Marshal Cormack, Ryan Hopkins
Managed By Zinzan Brooke Assistant Manager Sean Holley
Coaches Bryan Redpath, Paul Wallace & Ryan Jones
Martin Offiah (Ex Rugby Star TV), Paul Sculthorpe MBE (Rugby), Vassos Alexander (Radio 2/5 Live), Louie Spence (Celebrity) Gary Beadle (Celebrity Geordie Shore) Harry Judd (McBusted), JB Gill (JLS), Jamie Laing (Actor Made In Chelsea) Rav Wilding (TV Presenter), Terry Hollands (Englands Strongest Man), Kelvin Fletcher (Actor Emmerdale), Tom Parker (Pop Star The Wanted ), Dion Dublin (Footballer & TV presenter) .
Kevin Yates, Nick Kennedy, Andy Gomarsall MBE, Tom May, Iain Balshaw MBE, Jason Robinson MBE, Paul Sackey, Mark Cueto, Ugo Monye Lee Mears, Simon Shaw, Mike Tindall MBE, Ben Cohen MBE Pat Sanderson tbc
Military servicemen from the try-services (Army Navy and RAF) will include Matt France, Ryan Hopkins , John Court
Manager: Neil Back MBE Assistant Manager: Richard Hill MBE
Coaches – George Chuter, Jason Leonard OBE, Danny Grewcock,]]>