Queeley to appear on State of Origin stage

Cleckheaton winger Lee Queeley will represent the Great Britain Armed Forces RL team on their tour of Australia.
Cleckheaton winger Lee Queeley will represent the Great Britain Armed Forces RL team on their tour of Australia.

Cleckheaton RU winger Lee Queeley has been selected in the Great Britain Armed Forces RL squad who will tour Australia later this month.

The highlight of the tour will see Great Britain take on the Combined Australian Services in a curtain-raiser to the State of Origin decider at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

A record crowd of 91,513 watched New South Wales level the Origin series with a 24-18 victory over Queensland at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday and over 50,000 are set to pack into the Suncorp Stadium for the decider.

Although Queeley has spent several season’s playing rugby union with Cleckheaton, his appearances are sometimes restricted due to his commitments with the RAF.

Queeley, who is based at RAF Leeming, will fly out with his Great Britain team mates next Saturday for a two-week tour of Queensland.

The tour will help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli and ANZAC day.

The Great Britain Armed Forces will play a warm-up fixture against Combined Universities of Queensland in Ipswich on Friday July 3 before the game against the Combined Australian Services on the huge Origin stage.

GBAFRL coach Damian Clayton said: “It will be a huge honour to pay our respects by playing the CASRL in a commemoration match.

“There was a significant loss of life during the Battle of Gallipoli. It’s great that we can come together and remember them.

n Next season’s National Three North fixtures have been released and Cleckheaton start their campaign at home to Firwood Waterloo on Saturday September 5, followed by a trip to neighbours Huddersfield YMCA the week after.