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Jamaica ready for difficult France challenge - claims JRLA boss Monteith
Jamaica Rugby League Association (JRLA) director Romeo Monteith insists the team is looking forward to the challenge of facing a highly ranked France squad at the Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan on Tuesday.
The match will come as a part of the French Rugby League Federation’s preparation for the 2017 World Cup where they will face Australia, England and Lebanon in the group stages.
The Jamaica unit, which has put together a number of creditable performances in recent internationals with include a draw against Ireland last year and a win over Canada in August will look to enhance its growing reputation for providing decent competition.
“The boys know how big a challenge this will be for us. France are the sixth-ranked nation and we are 17th. We’re here to continue to show our brand and our ability and we will be doing all we can to ensure the French know they have been in a good game,” Monteith said.
“This match builds our reputation and further demonstrates the continued globalization of rugby league.”
All 20 players selected for the team are from the English professional leagues as opposed to the last fixture, which featured 17 players from the country’s domestic league.