Lismore hosts U.S.
By STEVE SPINKS
THE yanks are coming, the yanks are coming, the yanks are coming ... to Oakes Oval.
OK, the song may not be that good, but the American Rugby League team, fresh from testing Australia in Philadelphia last week is coming to Lismore.
The Tomahawks, as they are better known, will play the Tweed Heads Seagulls Queensland State Cup team as a curtain-raiser to the National Rugby League trial between Parramatta and Cronulla on February 5.
According to Northern Rivers Rugby League president, Robin Harley, a full-strength Tomahawks outfit will be playing, minus the NRL players who turned out for them in Philadelphia.
One of those, winger Matt Peterson, will be playing for the Eels in the trial match against the Sharks.
The Seagulls approached Harley to get the match as a curtain-raiser for the trial, as they were struggling with venue availability.
"Apparently all of their team will be there," Harley said.
"It'll create a little bit of extra interest."
It could be the first time senior international rugby league has been played at Oakes Oval since the French team played at the ground in 1951.