By Phil Caplan, Date: 26/6/13
Head coach Matt South has announced a 38-man initial squad just over a week ahead from Norwayâ€™s rugby league European Bowl match in Ukraine, as their championship heads into a summer break.
“This yearâ€™s national squad will most likely consist of several new players, which is very positive and will definitely help us develop as a sport in Norway,â€ he said. â€œWe are very much looking forward to playing in the European Bowl, it will be a great learning experience.â€
Reigning champions Oslo Capitals provide 10 players, having so far dominated the seven-club local competition once again. The likes of Peter Engeland, Cameron Leslie, Anders LinnestÃ¥, Erlend Meldalen and Fredrik Skovly have provided the backbone of the Norwegian side since 2010.
â€œAll the players, both current and new, are very excited to represent Norway, especially since rugby league is becoming increasingly popular in our country and in Europe,â€ continued South. â€œBoth Ukraine and the Czech Republic are very good teams with more experience than us, which we can learn from. â€œ
New club Kristiansand Krusaders from the west of the country is represented by five players after a promising first season, while Flekkefjord supply seven, including experienced campaigner Kristoffer Milligan.
NORWAY 38-MAN TRAIN-ON SQUAD
Joachim Johnsen, Magnus Sundsfjord, Helge Westermann (BodÃ¸ Barbarians), Stewart Elliot, Gilbert Haydamous, Kenneth Krosslid, Kristoffer Milligan. Ezra McIntyre, Lloyd Omdal, Roger Stenlund (Flekkefjord Tigers), Sonny Mellor (Flisbyen Broncos), Henrik Edvardsen, Kristian Elgheim, Peder Hansen, JÃ¸rgen Schmidt (Fredrikstad Falcons), Omar Baghdadi, Joshua Bates, Sean Casey, Tim Hackney, Stig Reiersen (Kristiansand Krusaders), Peter Engeland, Tommy Hilton, Josh Hornby, Cameron Leslie, Anders LinnestÃ¥, Erlend Meldalen, Trent Rowan, Isaac Schmidt, Fredrik Skovly, Martin Skovly (Oslo Capitals), Kevin BÃ¥tnes, Andreas Bjugn, Matthew Davidson, Glenn Erling Gundersen, Kristoffer HÃ¥konsen, Louie Procopio (Porsgrunn Pirates), Vetle Sandring (TromsÃ¸ Polar Bears)