THE latest edition of the In Touch Podcast is now available to download.It’s packed with the latest from the club and this week includes reaction from our win over Wigan and a preview of the clash at Catalan.We also hear from Steve McNamara as England build up to the World Cup and Club Chairman Eamonn McManus.To listen click here or search for St Helens RFC on iTunes.Remember if you want a question answering on the Podcast drop us a line @saints1890 on Twitter or email [email protected] podcast is in association with Citytalk 105.9.
PAUL Clough will join Widnes Vikings on loan for the rest of the season.The prop forward makes the move immediately to link up with Denis Betts’ squadThe 26-year-old has appeared 189 times for Saints since making his debut against Hull FC in 2005.But with the new signings of Mose Masoe and Kyle Amor as well as the emergence of Alex Walmsley and several other young props, it was clear chances for first team action would be limited this season.“Cloughie is at a stage in his career where he needs to be playing regularly,” Saints Head Coach Nathan Brown said. “With the competition in the squad the most intense it has been for a long time we couldn’t guarantee that.“It made sense for both the club and the player for Paul to go on loan and we will be keeping a close eye on how he does at Widnes.”
OUR recap of the previous Academy tours ends to today with the most recent – that of 2013.Academy head coach Derek Traynor recalls an eventful trip.My lasting memories of the 2013 tour consist of a big low and disappointment and a massive high. The big low point was in the first game we suffered our heaviest ever defeat on tour against a very big and experienced St George team. St George obviously got the age groups a little mixed up.Even on that day there were some highlights such as watching James Nicholl and Joe Mc Loughlin stand their ground and not give an inch to lads about 20kg heavier than them and two years older. Also, the squad got to meet the New Zealand world cup team – Sonny Bill and Shaun Johnson were mobbed for selfie’s with the lads.Then another disappointment followed with a loss at Central Coast; we thought there was a little bit of a hangover from the previous game and confidence had obviously been dented.But after a very tough and encouraging training session at funnily enough St George, there was a feeling of confidence and self-belief returning. This was taken into the next game against Wests Tigers and the first victory of the tour was gained. But more importantly the lads had shown their true ability and were now looking forward to the last game against the mighty Penrith.The Panthers game finally came around and playing at the Pepper Stadium is always a big buzz for the players. This was the massive high as the squad put on a great show and came away with a win. Danny Richardson was outstanding and scored three great tries and Dave Hewitt was pulling the strings and bossing the team around the field.As far as tours go this squad had the worst record with two defeats, but they did show the most improvement and proved they could handle disappointment and work to turn their fortunes around.It was also the youngest squad we had taken on tour also.The one thing that still sticks in my mind is seeing Dave Hewitt’s big toe nail ripped off whilst white water rafting… note to lads make sure you pack your nail clippers.As previously mentioned I have retired from this event after breaking a finger, badly bruising my foot, getting stuck in a whirlpool and being thrown about like being in a washing machine when I come out of the boat.I feel I am getting a little too close to the nine lives for comfort.Tourists:1. Daniel Abram2. Philip Atherton3. Ricky Bailey4. Tom Calland5. Liam Cooper6. Jonah Cunningham7. Oliver Davies8. David Eccleston9. Lewis Fairhurst10. Matthew Fleming11. Liam Forsyth12. Lewis Hatton13. Kieron Herbert14. David Hewitt15. Morgan Knowles16. Ross McCauley17. Joesph McLoughlin18. Ben Morris19. James Nicholl20. Daniel Richardson21. Joe Ryan22. Adam Saunders23. Aaron Smith24. Connor Smith25. Jake Spedding26. Bobby Williams27. Chris WorrallResults:St Helens 14 v 60 St GeorgeSt Helens 16 v 30 Central Coast St Helens 32 v 30 Wests TigersSt Helens 20 v 12 Penrith PanthersThe Tourist’s View:Matty Fleming: “I was really excited to go on the Tour – they play good rugby down there and the opportunity to play against the best was excellent.“It’s also great to really get to know your teammates. You know them before you go, but being in the dorms together means you get to know them better. Then on the trips like surfing and white-water rafting you get to know them better.“My advice is simple – just work hard and enjoy.St George and Saints.At the Sydney Swans.Neil Kilshaw warming up.Don’t they look impressed…Matty Fleming and his Players’ Player of the Tour Award.