SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT – West Wales Raiders 23rd September On Field September 21, 2018 In a week where the city launched its ambitious bid to host games in the 2021 Rugby League World Cup, Newcastle Thunder are giving a glimpse of how their team might look when the game’s biggest showcase might roll into town, with a large presence of North East players in this weekend’s 19-man squad. 10 of the players in contention to play this Sunday are products of Newcastle Thunder’s academy programme and North East community clubs, with Cramlington Rockets, Durham Demons, Gateshead Storm, Jarrow Vikings Peterlee Pumas and Wallsend Eagles all represented. Half of the 10 are current features of an ever-improving junior rank with Alex Clegg and Rory Nettleton in line to make the first team debuts, along with Adam Bielby, Ollie Gowing, and Jed Charlton who have already earned that progression. They join academy graduates Sam Luckley, Niall Sidney and David Weetman and are complemented by Ali Blair and Liam Scott who have come to Thunder via the Eagles. If including players who have come through North East structures via University rugby league, the figure rises to 12, with Lewis Young and Tom Shaw both learning their trade as part of Northumbria University’s structures before moving over to Kingston Park Stadium. It is a squad that continues to show the club’s commitment to establish itself as one that can develop local talent and progress that into a first team that is complimented with talented recruited from across the globe. Tickets to see Thunder’s Northern Powerhouse are available to purchase by clicking here calling 0871 2266060 or by visiting the Kingston Park Stadium box office. Advance prices are available until 23:59 on Saturday 22nd September, offering up to a £3 saving on match day ticket prices. Newcastle Thunder squad v West Wales Raiders – 23rd September 2018 – KO 3pm FROM Jack Aldous, Adam Bielby*, Ali Blair*, Jed Charlton*, Alex Clegg*, Tyler Craig, Ben Dent, Conor Fitzsimmons, Ollie Gowing*, Sam Luckley*, Remy Marginet, Rory Nettleton*, Liam Scott*, Tom Shaw, Vincent Rennie, Niall Sidney*, Evan Simons, David Weetman*, Lewis Young, * denotes North East player.