DEWSBURY Celtic are planning a hugely ambitious overseas tour of Australia for both their open age and Under-19s teams.
The Crow Nest Park club, based at the Dewsbury Irish National Club in Westtown, are having a launch night at ‘the Nash’ on Saturday January 27 when ‘old boy’ and recent World Cup star Alex Walmsley will be on hand to discuss his England exploits.
Appearing with the Saints and former Batley man will be Leeds Rhinos legend and current Widnes Vikings assistant coach Francis Cummins, plus ex-Huddersfield Giants coach and Bradford and Great Britain prop Paul Anderson.
They’ll be talking about their experiences playing down under.
The tour is planned to coincide with the return of the Great Britain Lions in October 2019 for hopefully the first full Ashes Test series since 1992.
Although the Lions have played Tri Nations tournaments and one-off tests against the Kangaroos, it will be 27 years since a fully-fledged Lions side toured. Australia beat England 6-0 in a tense 2017 World Cup final.
The Celtic tour organising committee already have deposits from 71 planned ‘tourists’ and will be launching the tour logo and fundraising efforts.
With a 7.30pm meet and a disco to follow the launch which starts at 8pm, Celtic are hoping to welcome as many former and current players and supporters as possible.
Elsewhere, the club have confirmed their pre-season fixtures ahead of the 2018 season.
Celtic will face rivals Dewsbury Moor on February 10 before hosting Shaw Cross Sharks in the third-annual Ben Restall Cup on February 17.