Westgate Wolves star receives BARLA Great Britain call

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WESTGATE Wolves prop Zach Johnson has been called-up to a provisional BARLA Great Britain squad to tour Australia next year.

The 28-man squad was announced on Wednesday by the BARLA coaching team of Paul Crarey and Tony Spence and the players will start preparations for next September’s tour with a training session on Saturday, December 29 at Featherstone Lions ARLFC.

Wolves star Johnson has made the provisional squad but he will have to stay at the top of his game with the BARLA coaches able to make changes before the tour, which includes a trip to the NRL Grand Final, takes place.

The team opens its campaign with a clash against Championship side Barrow Raiders on Sunday, January 13.

The full squad is: Full-backs: Ryan Rogers (Pilkington Recs), Sam Forester (Maryport). Wingers: Pat Foulstone (Dewsbury Celtic), Mike Johnson (Skirlaugh Bulls), Tom Moorby (Drighlington). Centres: Kieron Murphy (Hunslet Old Boys), Scott Lofthouse (Kells), Francis King (Wath Brow Hornets). Half-backs: Carl Dixon (Wath Brow Hornets), Danny Lynch (Pilkington Recs), Richard George (Seaton Rangers), Danny Rowse (Castleford Lock Lane), Ryan Smith (Wigan St Patricks). Props: Jamie Fields (Hunslet Old Boys), Dave Lowery (Kells), Zach Johnson (Westgate Wolves), Steven Marsh (Blackbrook Royals), Richard Huby (Wath Brow Hornets). Hookers: Ricky Hough (Myton Warriors), Marcus O’Brian (Millom), Tommy Harrison (Skirlaugh Bulls). Back rowers: Matt Huby (Wath Brow Hornets), Johnny Goulding (Cockermouth Titans), Richard Dunham (Myton Warriors), Anthony Bate (Thatto Heath Crusaders), Adam Nicholson (Dalton), John-Paul Brocklebank (Egremont Rangers), Sean Foster (Wigan St Cuthberts).

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