by Phil Caplan, Date: 26/7/2012
Rugby League Norge has named a 26-man squad to compete in the 2012 Nordic Cup against Scandinavian neighbours Sweden and Denmark.
Norway has seen impressive growth over the past three years with a host of new clubs joining the sport as well as a junior programme being established during the winter which has given a large number of new players the chance to get their first taste of international rugby league.
New head coach of the â€˜Vikingeneâ€™, Matt South commented, â€œAll I am hoping is to get the guys to another level by speeding up the play and controlling the play the ball. I hope both new and established can learn and become better players .â€
Head of RL Norge Warren Heilig added, â€œWe have chosen a number of new players this year, each of the eight clubs has a representative in the national squad. We hope that this experiment will have benefits in the future for our domestic league.â€
Norway will take on Sweden in Gothenburg this Saturday and Denmark a week later on August 4th at the Bislett Stadion, Oslo. Both matches kick off at 15.00hrs.
NORWAY XIII SQUAD
Reece Prosser, Magnus Sundsfjord (BodÃ¸ Barbarians), Mads Ove Haukland, Kristoffer Milligan, Roger Stenlund (Flekkefjord Tigers), Daniel FagerÃ¥s, Sonny Mellor, Robin Svendson (Flisbyen Broncos), JÃ¸rgen Schmidt (Fredrikstad Falcons), Omar Bagdhadi (Kristiansand Krusaders), Peter Engeland, Nils Haigh, Cam Leslie, Anders LinnestÃ¥, Erlend Meldalen, Fredrik Skovly (c), Martin Skovly, Callum Sullivan (Oslo Capitals), Kevin BÃ¥tnes, Andreas Bjugn, Kai Roger Holm (Porsgrunn Pirates), Lars Haigh, Thomas Hilton (Saddleworth Rangers), Isaac Schmidt, Joshua Skidmore-Hornby, Henrik RoalsÃ¸ (TromsÃ¸ Polar Bears)