Wildbore leads Hull five in South Africa
FIVE amateur rugby league players from Hull were part of the Great Britain Community Lions squad who jetted out to South Africa yesterday for their summer tour.
Skirlaugh skipper Sean Wildbore captained Great Britain in their two Tests against France earlier this year and has again been tasked with leading the Lions team on their three-game tour.
He is joined in the touring party by East Hull's Lee Brown as well as Steve Atkinson, Matty Bowers and Jordan Precious – who all played for Skirlaugh last season.
The Lions will be coached by Jimmy Taylor on the tour which will be known as the Tom Van Vollenhoven 75th Anniversary Tour.
"We're taking a 22-man squad with us and will be playing two games before the Test match against the South African Rhinos on Saturday, July 31," said Taylor.
"In the first game our opponents will be wearing a replica of St Helens' Wembley strip from the 1966 Challenge Cup final, whilst the next game will see us play in front of Tom Van Vollenhoven at the club of which he is now president."
As well as the contingent of Hull players from National Conference sides, players from clubs across the country are represented; including Wigan St Patricks, Ince Rose Bridge, York Acorn and Leigh East.
Also included is Jimmy Bardgett from the RAF and Andrew Lake from St Albans Centurions.
Commenting on his selections, Taylor added: "I make sure I don't just pick people off how they play, I also only pick good lads off the field.
"It's important when you're away that everyone is going to get on well together and that's a big part of the success of any tour."
The GB Lions start with a game against South Africa A in Johannesburg on Saturday at 3pm, before facing South African Universities & Colleges in Pretoria on Wednesday, July 28 (kick off 7pm).
They end their tour against South African Rhinos at Vanderbijlpark on Saturday, July 31 at 3pm.