SENIOR management and coaching staff from the Saints visited their main sponsors Ty-phoo Tea Ltd recently.Acting Head Coach Mike Rush, Head of Sales and Marketing Dave Hutchinson and Chairman Eamonn McManus visited Moreton, the home of Typhoo to see how tea is made and to sample different teas in the tea tasting laboratory.Wirral’s iconic Ty-phoo brand is St Helens’ main shirt sponsors for 2012 and 2013 seasons.Typhoo’s Chief Executive Officer Keith Packer said: “It is amazing just how much tea is drunk at the club, the coaching staff and many of the players love tea and drink several cups a day, let’s hope that the team continue to get their OO’s and finish the season on a high.”St.Helens Chairman, Eamonn McManus, added: “We have enjoyed a fantastic partnership to date with Ty-phoo, one of the few leading FMCG brands in Super League. I am sure the relationship will continue to go from strength to strength as the season reaches boiling point.”The picture shows – left to right – Mike Rush, St. Helens R.F.C. Acting Head Coach; Dave Hutchinson, St. Helens R.F.C. Head of Sales and Marketing; Chris Hall, Ty-phoo Head of Marketing; Eammon McManus, St. Helens R.F.C Chairman; Keith Packer, Ty-phoo Chief Executive Officer.
AUSTRALIA coach Tim Sheens says he is relishing the prospect of a big atmosphere for his side’s matches at Rugby League World Cup 2013.The Kangaroos face England at the Millennium Stadium on October 26, Fiji at Langtree Park on November 2 and Ireland at Thomond Park, Limerick, on November 9.And there is also the prospect of a semi-final showdown in London as part of The Big Hit double-header at Wembley Stadium on November 23, which Sheens’ men are heavily tipped to reach.“I thought we had good support when we played at Wembley a couple of years ago and I hope we can count on the Australian people living London again at RLWC2013,” said Sheens.“I think there’ll be a good support for Australia, and for the game in general, and I hope we can build on the atmosphere we created at Wembley in 2011.“The boys are really looking forward to getting back to Wembley and hopefully we’ll get a crowd down there.”The Big Hit double-header of semi-finals was launched earlier this month with the help of former London Broncos star Martin Offiah and Mayor of London Boris Johnson.Meanwhile, Australia’s clash with Fiji earlier in the tournament is likely to pit the Kangaroos players against former team-mate Petero Civoniceva for the the first time, following the legendary green and golds star’s decision to switch international allegiances to the nation of his birth.“Fiji’s squad will largely be based around which players Australia and New Zealand pick and don’t pick, though Petero Civoniceva will lead them,” said Sheens.“He’s come out of retirement and is playing at a high level in the Brisbane competition, and he’ll keep himself enough to lead his country with distinction.“There are other big names who could be available for Fiji, again, depending on who is selected for Australia and New Zealand, and they could be an interesting prospect.”To buy tickets for the match on November 2 at Langtree park, log on here.
LOUIE McCarthy-Scarsbrook is hoping Saints can prove the doubters wrong when they face Wigan in the Grand Final on Saturday.Written off by all but those within the camp and Club, his side lie 80 minutes away from the biggest prize of all.“It’s fantastic we have made it to the main stage,” he said. “It is an achievement for the club. We will be playing against our arch nemesis and it can’t get much bigger than that.“We have finished first and ground it out like the class team we are. We have kept our heads down and kept on playing… and now we are on the main stage after a lot of people have written us off.“In the play-offs we have been outstanding as a squad, scored a lot of points and shut out two good teams. We have played attractive football and hopefully that will continue on Saturday.”Louie and Saints face familiar foes at Old Trafford.It will be the third time the club has taken on the Warriors this season and ‘LMS’ will be up against fellow Londoners Dan Sarginson and Tony Clubb too.“It’s first v second so you know two good teams have made it to the final,” he added. “We’ve both played well, had a few blips and also ground out a game or two when we’ve needed to.“It will be a momentous occasion when both teams take to the field. I’m looking forward to playing against Dan and Tony and I hope they thrive… but not too much.”Tickets for Saturday’s Grand Final against Wigan (6pm) remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or by calling 01744 455 052.