Nigerian Rugby Team Seeks PlayersWatch
The Nigerians made the knock out stages of last years MX9s drawing with finalists the London Skolars on the way. Oyebade thinks they can go even further. 'Nigerians are like Fijians and play with masses of pace and style'
The best of the players will make the African select side due to play West Indies later this year. This year it is hoped will be used as a spring board to launch a full Nigerian development plan for the 13 a side code.
If any players want to enquire about representing the Nigerians then please P.M. me and I will provide contact details!
MX9'S LAUNCH 27TH JUNE NEW RIVER, WOOD GREEN
The line up for this year's Haringey Council MX9s sees an eclectic mixture of local, international and forces sides involved.
The main competition takes place at New River Stadium
on 18 July, but this season has seen the competition
expand with two qualifying competitions already having
taken place, with three places in the finals day on
The first qualifying competition took place at Old Woolams, St Albans on May 16 and saw the debut of the West Indies, who won the MX9s Preliminary Cup at St Albans Centurions when they beat the South African Wild Dogs 26-10 in the final. The West Indies were comprised mainly of LHF Healthplan National League 3 and TotalRL.com Conference players, and coached by former Great Britain star Allan Hunte.
They only won their group on points difference after drawing with NG7s, a specialist sevens side from Brunel University, a team including John Warner who played for Skolars in NL2 last season. The tournament also saw the debut of the Haringey Hornets at open age and Eritrean winger Futsum Aron quickly became a crowd favourite thanks to his Willie Mason-style afro. However, they weren't a match for the South African side, which included London Skolars' South African League international back Desi Kadima in their ranks and had the best vocal support - in Afrikaans!
The second qualifying competition took place at Arborfield on 26 May and formed part of the Army Rugby League's tenth anniversary celebrations. Twelve teams took part including last season's MX9s champions the Royal Engineers and the shield winners the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS). The pre-tournament favourites, the Royal Engineers, lost their first game against an Army Under 23 Development side, but qualified for the main competition. As was the case at New River last year, RMAS were slow starters, but proved too strong for the opposition in the plate competition and beat Army Medical Services side in a thrilling final.
The main final saw the Royal Engineers' experience and pace eventually overcome the Infantry, The tournament was deemed to be such a success that it will now form part of the annual structured Army RL season.
Thanks to WO2 Tim White (Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers) and St Albans Centurions for organizing the two tournaments.
The draw for the main competition will take place on 27 June at Skolars next home game.