English WolvesTwo Warrington young-guns have been named in John Kear's England Under-21 squad that will play for a tour place to South Africa in November.Paul Noone and Paul Wood have both been named in an emerging Super League XIII for an Under-21 trial match against a Northern Ford Premiership side at Widnes on Wednesday, October 10. Both have a chance of touring South Africa and facing the Rhinos in a two test series.Noone, a former Great Britain Academy Captain, has come on in the last two seasons showing some tough attacking to complement his equally hard defence. Paul is a versatile player who has recently being playing first team rugby in the loose forward berth, but is equally at home in the second-row. Having recently signed up for another two years and being a product of the Wolves youth system the opportunity for the back-rower to step-up to the next level is in grasp.Paul Wood is another of the Wolves academy set-up, a tall and rangy forward, slotting into either the prop or second row position he has done exceeding well in his debut year of Super League. Mainly playing off the bench, to great effect, Paul has a strong attacking game having picked up 23 tries in 47 appearances for the Academy last season.The Super League squad is: C Poucher (Hull), L Greenwood (Halifax), M Gleeson (Huddersfield), M Aspinwall (Wigan), H O'Hare (Huddersfield), C Thorman(Huddersfield), P Handforth (Wakefield), R Bibey, (Wigan), M Higham (St Helens), G Carvell (Hull), R Fletcher (Hull), P Noone (Warrington), D Tickle (Halifax).Subs (from): W Pryce (Castleford), B Westwood (Wakefield), P Wood (Warrington), C Feather (Wakefield), S Wild (Wigan), R Parker (Bradford), D McConnell (St Helens), M Edmondson (St Helens), P Sykes (Bradford).
Burns Bucks Broncos for WolvesWarrington Wolves have landed current Brisbane Broncos lock Darren Burns on a two year deal. Burns, who is currently involved in the NRL playoffs and is set to face Parramatta Eels in a Grand Final Qualifier this Sunday at Stadium Australia, will add yet more weight and experience to the Wolves pack.Burns, who's favoured position is loose forward but can easily slot into the second row comes with some first class experience from Brisbane Broncos. Burns took the place of Broncos skipper Gordon Tallis and rallied to the call well showing that his experience and size added to a Broncos side that was depleted during the Origin series.27 year-old Burns is an old fashioned second rower. Big, tough and powerful, he has been an outstanding and consistent player all year. A former West's and Sydney City player Darren returned to the Brisbane Broncos this year. He is a very experienced hand, which helped guide a young side, especially through the Origin period.A native Queenslander, Burns played his junior football in Dalby before joining the Roosters in 1999. His former clubs include Sydney Wests and Sydney South's, making his first grade debut in 1995.Performance Director, Steve Anderson commented, "Out of all the players that I have signed from Australia, Darren is the I am proud to have been associated with his career in Rugby League. I first spotted Darren playing Rugby Union for Queensland State Secondary Schools at the National Carnival in Brisbane as a 16 year old. We enticed to over to play Rugby League with the Ipswich Jets in the State League in Queensland. It took Darren a few years to find his feet but since then he hasn't looked back and I would suggest we have got him at his peak, which is an obvious positive for the make up of the squad. I am not going to comment on his talents, as he will again be on display for the Broncos this weekend in the Elimination final against Parramatta. Last week the most impressive aspect of his game against St.George was he played the full 80 minutes - that the type of player all coaches wish for and he can do that consistently from week to week."
Name: Darren BurnsDate of Birth: 17 May 1974Junior Club: DalbyPrevious Clubs: Sydney Wests, Sydney South's, Sydney RoostersFirst Grade Debut: 1995Weight: 104kgHeight: 186cmCareer: Played 95, 11 tries, 44 ptsUsual position: Lock, Second Row<