England’s group opponents Lebanon name World Cup squad

Lebanon coach Brad Fittler has named his 24-man squad for Rugby League World Cup.

They will be captained by South Sydney hooker Robbie Farah in a team that also includes NRL stars Tim Mannah, Michael Lichaa and Alex Twal.

The rest of the Cedars’ squad is made up of local Lebanese talent who will get to showcase their skills on the world stage.

Lebanon open up their World Cup campaign against France, before going on to face England and Australia.

“It was tough selecting a final squad for the Rugby League World Cup,” Fittler said. “I think one of the hardest but most gratifying things is watching how disappointed some players were for not making it.

“If the love of this game is any guide to how we will play, then we will be very competitive in this tournament.

“These players have a great passion for the game of Rugby League and it’s a quality squad that we have assembled.

“Most the team are either playing first grade, NSW Cup or Ron Massey Cup, so they have a good level of fitness and that’s going to be important that they are able to last and concentrate for the whole tournament.

“Looking at the squad, we have two front rowers (Tim Mannah and Alex Twal) who are regular NRL players so that will be a huge benefit for us.

“We just have to get it right in these tough pool matches, we won’t get any second chances and that has been the message the team.

“The fact is that only half a dozen of our squad are full-time professionals, so we need to make every opportunity count.”

Lebanon Cedars’ RLWC 2017 squad:
Robbie Farah (Captain – South Sydney)
Mitchell Moses (Vice Captain – Parramatta Eels)
Danny Barakat (Wentworthville)
Jamie Clark (Auburn Warriors)
Adam Doueihi (South Sydney)
James Elias (West Newcastle)
Ahmad Ellaz (Auburn Warriors)
Nick Kassis (Blacktown Workers)
Andrew Kazzi (Wests Tigers)
Anthony Layoun (Parramatta Eels)
Michael Lichaa (Bulldogs)
Mitchell Mamary (Wentworthville)
Bilal Maarbani (Manly Sea Eagles)
Abbas Miski (North Sydney)
Tim Mannah (Parramatta Eels)
Ray Moujalli (Bulldogs)
Reece Robinson (unattached)
Travis Robinson (Newtown)
Chris Saab (Blacktown Workers)
Raymond Sabat (Lycans FC)
Jaleel Seve-Derbas (Wests Tigers)
Elias Sukkar (Wentworthville)
Alex Twal (Wests Tigers)
Jason Wehbe (unattached)

Lebanon’s Pool matches are:
Lebanon vs France (October 29, GIO Stadium, Canberra)
Lebanon vs England (November 4, Allianz Stadium, Sydney)
Lebanon vs Australia (November 11, Allianz Stadium, Sydney)