Toronto titans heading to the JF Hornby Stadium
BIG-TIME rugby returns to Barrow with one of the Betfred Championship promotion favourites Toronto Wolfpack heading to the JF Hornby Stadium this Sunday (3pm).
Opportunities to see a squad containing ex-Super League and NRL stars on your doorstep is rare, and a great crowd for Barrow’s first home game in the Championship would be the ideal tonic for Raiders coach Paul Crarey and his side, especially after their 56-12 defeat at London Broncos in the opening round of the competition.
Wolfpack showed their intent at the same stage last week with an awesome 34-12 win at title rivals Leigh Centurions, and they will baying for more blood when they head to Cumbria.
The Canadian club took the League One title by storm in their inaugural professional season, having defeated Barrow twice at the Lamport Stadium on their way to success.
They produced an attacking masterclass at Leigh with Liam Kay going over for a hat-trick with other tries coming from Ryan Brierley, Corey Paterson and Adam Sidlow.
With the match now just days away, here is a lowdown on those players who made Toronto tick last week.
Ireland international Kay is in his second season with the Wolfpack, having joined the progressive club from Leigh Centurions.
The 6ft tall winger has been a natural try-scorer wherever he has played and went over the whitewash 74 times in 78 appearances for Leigh before heading to Toronto.
He was their top try scorer last season with 26 touchdowns and was the first player Rowley signed at the club.
Half-back Brierley is in his first full season with Toronto having joined from Super League Huddersfield Giants.
The one time Leigh Centurions player became an instant hit with the Wolfpack after scoring 13 tries in 12 Toronto outings last season.
Standing at 5ft 11ins, Brierley is blessed with a devastating turn of pace, and his alertness around the pack means he is a constant danger to rival teams.
Aussie prop Paterson, standing 6ft 5ins tall and weighing15stone 7lbs, is a real handful for any defence and is a player Barrow will have to be on their guard against.
Paterson has added more power to the Toronto pack following a move from Leigh.
He comes with bags of top-level experience having played just under 100 NRL games beginning at Newcastle Knights before moves to Queensland Knights and Wests Tigers.
He had also made more than 50 Super League appearances with Leigh, Hull KR and Salford Red Devils and has added more power to the Toronto pack following his move from the Centurions in December last year.
The 30-year-old second rower is also a keen boxer having fought twice as a pro in the heavyweight division.
Prop Sidlow was a consistent presence in the Wolfpack team last season as he helped them achieve their promotion goal.
The 30-year-old, 6ft 4ins, 17st 9lbs prop or second rower, who represented Lancashire Academy in his junior career and was in the train-on squad for England Academy, has bags for Super League and Championship experience having played 82 times for Salford and putting in 103 appearances for Bradford Bulls before moving to Toronto.
Sidlow turned out for Workington in 2007 during which time he scored nine tries in 18 appearances.
Prop or second rower Sidlow turned out for Workington in 2007 during which he scored nine tries in 18 appearances.
Catch up on more details as the build-up for the big match continues on the club’s website, Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Remember adult tickets are just £15 with concessions £10 and children £5.
Get their early and enjoy the build-up to what should be a cracking and entertaining game of rugby league.