Two Salford Red Devils in Wales squad for Round 3 of the RLWC

Wales captain and Salford Red Devil Craig Kopczak is named in Wales starting 13 ahead of their final group game against Ireland.
New arrival Gavin Bennion is on the interchange bench for John Kear’s side while Tyrone McCarthy is named in Ireland’s 21-man squad but not in the starting line-up.
Manu Vatuvei misses out on a place in Tonga’s starting 17 but is named amongst the 21-man squad for their massive game against New Zealand. Vatuvei won the Rugby League World Cup with the Kiwis in 2008 and the game will also have massive significance for Jason Taumalolo who made a switch of allegiance ahead of the competition.
Tonga take on New Zealand on Saturday 11th November and the game will be shown live on Premier Sports at 04:00am while Wales against Ireland can be seen at 07:30am on Sunday 12th November.

Four Red Devils named in Rugby League World Cup squads

Four Salford Red Devils have been named in their respective countries squads for the second round of fixtures at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. 
Craig Kopczak will once again captain Wales as they face Fiji in Townsville. Salford new-boy Gavin Bennion is also named in John Kear’s 21-man squad after linking up with the team this past week.
Manu Vatuvei has been named in Tonga’s 21-man squad as they look to make it two wins from two on Saturday against Samoa.
After impressing in Ireland’s victory over Italy last weekend Tyrone McCarthy is again named in Mark Aston’s squad as the Irish get ready to do battle with Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby.
Remember if you want to watch the Red Devils World Cup stars next season you can secure your 2018 Season Ticket at the best price and via Direct Debit before the 3rd November. Direct Debit can be set up by ringing 0161 786 1570 or visiting the Club Ticket Office. 2018 Season Tickets can also be purchased online here.

Red Devils feature in World Cup victories

Salford’s Manu Vatuvei and Tyrone McCarthy both featured in respective victories for their countries on matchday one of the Rugby League World Cup.
Vatuvei, who has previously won the tournament with New Zealand, was named at full-back for Tonga in a comfortable 50-4 victory over Scotland.
Micheal Jennings was the Man of the Match crossing for a hat-trick of tries alongside scores from Jason Taumalolo, Sika Manu, Daniel Tupou and Peni Terepo. Danny Addy got the Bravehearts on the scoresheet but Steve McCormack’s side couldn’t handle the powerful Tongans.
McCarthy came off the interchange bench in Ireland’s surprise win over Italy in Cairns on Sunday morning. Toronto winger Liam Kay scored twice out wide either side of a George King effort. Saints duo Kyle Amor and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook both crossed as well as Michael Morgan in the second half.
Justin Castellaro scored a 70-metre interception try for the Italians before Nathan Milone went over but the Azzurri couldn’t stir a comeback.
Ireland travel to Port Moresby to face a Papua New Guinea side full of confidence following their hammering of Wales while Italy face the USA.

Three Red Devils named for match day one of the RLWC

Four Salford Red Devils have been named in their respective countries squads for the opening round of fixtures in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.
Craig Kopczak is set to captain the Welsh side in their first group game against Papua New Guinea at the Oil Search NSF Stadium in Port Moresby at 5:00am (3pm PGT).
Manu Vatuvei has been named in the Tonga squad for their opener against Scotland on Sunday at Barlow Park, Cairns with a 6:15am kick-off (17:15 AEDT).
Fellow mid-season signing Tyrone McCarthy will feature for Ireland as they take on Italy at Barlow Park, Cairns prior to the Tonga vs Scotland game in the first double-header. The game will kick-off at 4:00am (15:00 AEDT).
All three games are set to be shown in full on Premier Sports.
Salford Red Devils 2018 Season Tickets are still on sale with the ‘early bird’ window now having less than two weeks remaining. Supporters will need to purchase before the 3rd November if they wish to pay for their 2018 Season Ticket via Direct Debit. All 2018 Season Ticket prices can be found here while a full Direct Debit breakdown can be found here. 

Gavin Bennion – “Quite surprised and a bit giddy”

Salford Red Devils newest acquisition Gavin Bennion has spoken about his delight at signing for a Super League side.
The 23-year-old forward joins Derrell Olpherts, Tyrone McCarthy and Manu Vatuvei as the Red Devils latest 2018 recruit after a successful season with Rochdale Hornets in the Championship.
Bennion, speaking to Rochdale’s official website, said: “I know Watto [Ian Watson] from playing with him at Swinton Lions a couple of years ago, and initially he was thinking about signing me, and Alan Kilshaw got in touch and recommended me.
“Watto brought me down to the stadium for a chat about my ambitions and it went from there basically.
“Salford is one of the clubs in the past few years I’ve wanted to play for in a way, so when they got in touch I was quite surprised and a bit giddy.”
Bennion, who began his career with Warrington Wolves, has spent time in the Championship with Swinton and Halifax but really made a name for himself at the Crown Oil Arena in 2017.
“I’m massively proud to have earned myself a Super League contract,” Bennion said.
He added: “To have done it the way I have, after being at Halifax and joining Rochdale, to then have got myself a move to Salford within a year is a good achievement which I am proud of.
“At Halifax I was in and out of the team all year, but Alan knew me and put a lot of trust in me by giving me the opportunity to play week-in, week-out.
“I only missed a couple of games due to injury so it was good that Alan played me evert week and I thank him for that.”
Season Tickets are on sale for the 2018 season and are available from the Club Ticket Office, over the phone or online here. All the price details are here and a breakdown of Direct Debit payments available as part of the ‘early bird’ deal are here.

Vatuvei included in Tonga’s Rugby League World Cup squad

Manu Vatuvei has been named in the Tongan squad for the upcoming Rugby League World Cup.
Vatuvei, who debuted and scored for Tonga earlier in the year after featuring regularly for New Zealand, joined the Red Devils midway through the season.
The former New Zealand Warriors winger scored five tries in eight games since joining Salford prior to the Challenge Cup semi-final.
Ben Murdoch-Masila has also been included in the squad following a fantastic season at Salford.
Kristian Woolf’s Tongan side are set to face Scotland in Cairns on 29th October before facing rivals Samoa and New Zealand in Hamilton on the 4th and 11th November.
The full Tongan squad is as follows:
Andrew Fifita, Mahe Fonua, David Fusitu’a, Siliva Havilli, Ata Hingano, Will Hopoate, Konrad Hurrell, Michael Jennings, Solomone Kata, Sione Katoa, Samisoni Langi, Tuimoala Lolohea, Sika Manu, Manu Ma’u, Sam Moa, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Joe Ofahengaue, Tevita Pangai Jnr, Ukuma Ta’ai, Sio Siua Taukieaho, Jason Taumalolo, Peni Terepo, Daniel Tupou, Manu Vatuvei.

Salford Red Devils 4-30 St Helens

Salford fell to defeat in their final game of the 2017 season, despite a valiant effort with twelve men for 45 minutes, against a St Helens side who confirmed their place in the top four.
Ryan Lannon was sent from the field towards the end of the first half but the Red Devils dug deep and only trailed by eight points heading into the final twenty minutes. However, the extra man eventually paid dividend for St Helens who ran out 4-30 winners.
It was actually Salford who took the lead early on as a flowing move saw the ball shipped from left to right before full-back Niall Evalds hit the ball at pace and stepped his way over. However, Gareth O’Brien’s conversion attempt was unsuccessful.
While it was the Red Devils full-back who scored early on it was Saints’ full-back – and mid-season signing – Ben Barba created their first. Barba weaved his way around the Salford defence and Mark Percival finished in the corner but the centre couldn’t add the extras.
Manu Vatuvei went over in the corner with ten minutes of the half remaining but video referee Phil Bentham ruled it out as Vatuvei was adjudged to have knocked-on in the build-up. Unfortunately, for the Red Devils St Helens went down the other end and scored as Alex Walmsley barged his way over from close-range.
Moments late Walmsley looked to lead with the elbow which sent Jordan Walne off for a concussion check and forward couldn’t return to the field for the remainder of the game. However, James Child only put the incident on report. But, he did make the decision to send Lannon from the field a minute later for a late challenge on Theo Fages following the Frenchman’s kick.
After the interval, the Red Devils defended bravely keeping St Helens out for seven goal-line defensive sets and kept in touching distance until the final twenty minutes. Zeb Taia managed to break Salford’s resilience as he spun over the line. With ten minutes left Walmsley forced his way over for a second before Barba jinked his way over to seal St Helens’ place in the top four.
Salford: Evalds, Bibby, Welham, Sa’u, Vatuvei; Lui, O’Brien; Murray, Tomkins, Hauraki, Murdoch-Masila, Jones, McCarthy. Interchanges: Kopczak, Brining, Lannon, J. Walne.
Saints: Barba, Makinson, Morgan, Percival, Grace; Fages, Richardson; Douglas, Roby, Thompson, Taia, Knowles, Wilkin. Interchanges: Smith, Walmsley, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Peyroux.

Manu Vatuvei – "It was important for the fans"

Manu Vatuvei crossed for two tries in the Red Devils destruction of Huddersfield and ‘The Beast’ knows a win was crucial but the lads couldn’t have done it without the fans.
Vatuvei said: “It was important for the boys, obviously, but it was more important for the fans who turn out every week and support us.
“They’ve been the best fans the last couple of weeks and they’ve stuck by us and waited for us to get this win and it’s good to get a win.
“Hopefully we build on this now and carry it on going into our final two games of the season and I’m looking forward to facing Leeds away next weekend.
The New Zealand international featured in his first victory for the Red Devils and explained how he is really excited at the prospect of moving Salford forward and how much he’s enjoying life at the The Salford Stadium.
Vatuvei said: “I’m loving it here. The coaching staff are brilliant, the players have taken me into the team and the fans have embraced me and I love coming out and doing it for all of them.
“Despite our results there’s a really good feeling here at Salford that we can go on and challenge in the next few seasons and this win was definitely needed.
“Let’s hope we can continue to do what we did against Huddersfield and get some more wins before the end of the season.”

Salford Red Devils 52-14 Huddersfield Giants

The Red Devils returned to winning ways with a dominant nine-try display against Huddersfield at the The Salford Stadium.
Kris Welham and Manu Vatuvei both crossed for braces while Tyrone McCarthy, Niall Evalds, Jake Bibby, Ben Murdoch-Masila and Josh Jones also got themselves on the scoresheet.
Ian Watson’s men got off to the perfect start as Welham latched onto a neat kick from Robert Lui to open the try-scoring on a fruitful afternoon for the Red Devils. Gareth O’Brien had kicked a penalty goal in the opening minutes to get the scoreboard ticking.
After scoring his first Super League try for Salford last weekend McCarthy made it two in two games at the The Salford Stadium forcing his way over from close-range. Fellow mid-season signing Vatuvei powered his way over shortly after scoring his first out wide.
Murdoch-Masila was a constant thorn in the Giants side and his quick hands put centre Welham over the line for his second. Salford made it two tries in as many minutes as Evalds was the beneficiary of some smart link-up play between Lui and Murdoch-Masila.
Jermaine McGillvary scored in the final minute of the first half however the Red Devils went into the break with a 26-point lead.
However, any chance of a Giants fightback was stopped in the opening minute of the second half as Vatuvei managed to score following Junior Sa’u’s pass. Jake Bibby, who was a late replacement for Greg Johnson, scored with an acrobatic finish in the corner shortly after.
Oliver Roberts managed to spin his way over but it didn’t slow down the Red Devils dominance as O’Brien added another penalty goal before Murdoch-Masila took three defenders over the line with him.
With five minutes remaining Jones rounded off the Salford scoring as he burrowed over after several offloads. Ryan Hinchcliffe scored late on for the Giants but it was a comfortable victory for the Red Devils.
Red Devils: Evalds, Bibby, Welham, Sa’u, Vatuvei; Lui, O’Brien; Kopczak, Tomkins, Hauraki, Murdoch-Masila, Jones, McCarthy. Interchanges: A.Walne, Brining, Lannon, J. Walne.
Giants: Rankin, McGillvary, Mellor, Turner, Ormsby; Gaskell, Brough; Ikahihifo, Leeming, Ta’ai, Roberts, Ferguson, Hinchcliffe. Interchanges: O’Brien, Rapira, Lawrence, Clough.

Manu Vatuvei – "We're grateful for all the support"

Following the Red Devils 4-23 defeat at the hands of Castleford on Friday night winger Manu Vatuvei has hailed the Salford fans for their support.
The former New Zealand international was swamped by fans after full-time and he’s made it clear how much he’s enjoying his time at Salford.
Vatuvei, sponsored by Malcolm Crompton, said: “I’m really enjoying myself here everybody’s made me feel welcome and now I can concentrate on my performances on the field.
“I know how passionate the fans are over here and the least you can do is stay behind and give them a thank you.
“Thank them for coming and supporting us week in and week out.
“It was raining against Castleford on Friday but no matter the weather they were out there supporting us so that means a lot.
“We’re grateful for all the support they offer us and all we can do is try out best out there and play the best football we can for them.
“I really enjoyed my first game at the The Salford Stadium it was great to perform in front of the home fans but, of course, it was a shame about the result.
“All the fans, particularly the younger ones, asking for autographs and pictures after the game that’s what it’s all about for me – knowing they’re enjoying watching us.
“I’ve just got to continue to improve each week now and carry on doing my job for the team and hopefully the results will come.”
Fans are reminded that tickets are now on sale for all the Red Devils Super 8s home fixtures against Wakefield, Huddersfield and St Helens. Tickets can be purchased over the phone, at the club’s ticket office and online via the club website. Supporters are also reminded that season tickets are valid for all Super 8s home games.

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