Last week’s reverse at Huddersfield was a setback as his side look to close the gap to the top four.It means Friday’s game with Salford is crucial as Saints enter a tough fixture period.“I can’t panic,” he said. “I can only judge on the last five weeks since I arrived here. Whilst Friday was definitely unacceptable I don’t think wholesale changes are the answer. All 17 need to play better this Friday, that is obvious, but I don’t think anyone deserves not to be there based on last Friday’s game.“As a team, all in all, it was disappointing to lose, but up until three or four minutes to go we had a chance to win that game had we pulled out something. It is a fine line winning and losing; to make it as hard as we did last week and nearly have the chance to win, that is the positive we can take out of it.”Saints are relatively healthy heading into the match with Salford, with only Ryan Morgan missing out with a knee injury.“We got some really good news on him,” Holbrook added. “It was nowhere near as bad as we thought. He may only miss one game, which is fantastic news. He hurt his knee and it looked pretty bad at the time but it ended up a really good result for us and he won’t be out too long.“Salford are coming off a great win last week and I’m sure they will be pretty happy with that. For us we need to play well. We are aware of their talent; they sit second and are a very good team. But the focus has to be on getting our own game in order.“It is probably better for us to play four of the five top sides now. Everyone looks forward to playing in the harder gamse and they are all in a row for us now.“I think that is a good thing. It tests where you are at and if you’re good enough you will beat them – and if not, you won’t.“It will be good for us and we are looking forward to it.”Tickets for Friday’s game are now on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.
Now it’s time to join them and sign up for a 2018 Membership.2017 has seen a number of exciting changes take place at the club, including the arrival of our new Head Coach Justin Holbrook and the debut of marquee player and Dally M Winner, Ben Barba.These moves signal our intent to deliver what our Members want in 2018 … quality, entertaining Rugby League played with world class players in the best purpose-built Rugby League stadium in the country.We’ve simplified our range of prices and introduced a new Youth price to make it more affordable for 17–18-year-olds in full time education.And, our Direct Debit options make it simpler and easier to be a Saint.We have a 10 month ‘DD’ available now… with an eight or six package available later in the off-season.For a full breakdown of monthly payments for each Membership please click hereA Hattons Solicitors West Terrace Adult Renewal is just over £24 per month with an Adult and Junior just over £26! Great value and no upfront cost!Check out our Membership Section to find out more.We are Saints and Proud.
The shirt will be proudly worn by the team at the 2019 Dacia Magic Weekend at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, where we will face the Castleford Tigers, on Sunday 26 May (KO 6pm)The shirt continues the to beat the drum for both Autism awareness as a whole, and helping local people with Autism, through the St Helens Autism Support (SAS) charity. The Club has already proudly donated over £30,000 to the Charity from Club initiatives since the first Magic shirt in 2016.This year’s version is available to pre-order from today, just prior to the start of World Autism Week, 1 April, with pre-orders running up until Sunday 28 April – the home fixture vs. Catalans Dragons. You can pre-order yours either online here or by calling into the Club Superstore at the Totally Wicked Stadium.The prominent design retains our iconic red and white colour scheme and red vee, whilst it also features a Jigsaw design including a famous Saints icon of old – the stickman, filling the lower portion of the shirt. The jigsaw pattern also features within the vee itself. The shape is renowned as a key symbol used by the Autism Society.With Saints being the only Super League Club based in Merseyside, we want to present the Club’s iconic brand to the City of Liverpool whilst still retaining the support for our vital local Charity.The Club crest and partner logos also feature prominently within the design of the shirt. We again thank our 2019 shirt partners for their co-operation and support of our Magic Shirt.The match details are also listed on the left front hem of the shirt in white text.Each replica shirt also carries the logo of the St.Helens Autism Support, a local branch making a massive difference in the St Helens area helping raise awareness of Autism and aiding people with the condition locally.As part of our commitment, the Club will again donate 10% of the net retail profit from each shirt to raise vital funds for the local group.St Helens Autism Support Charity Chairman, Tommy Jackson said, “The SAS Charity is delighted that Saints have continued their incredible support and chosen us to feature in this year’s Magic Shirt design.The work by Saints in recent years to support the Charity has had a huge impact locally, not least in raising awareness of Autism and its challenges.We will be looking to further our work alongside the Saints Community Development Foundation and other partners with the hope of creating ‘Hubs’ for local people with Autism to utilise after they complete their education.”The full kit also includes red shorts and socks, which are also available to buy in limited quantities, in store, whilst stocks last.The shirts are priced at £50 for Adults and £36 for Kids sizes.Saints Replica version shirts, produced by our kit Partner O’Neills Sportswear, are manufactured from a range of high-quality advanced fibres to produce an end fabric called Koolite.Available in Adult sizes X-Small through to 7XL and also available to pre-order in Kids sizes 5-6 Years through to Age 13, and Ladies fit shirts size L8 to L18.To guarantee delivery, the cut-off date for pre-orders is 6:00pm, Sunday 28 April.Physical stock will be available for collection or delivery week ending May 17, enabling you to wear your shirt for the Dacia Magic Weekend in Liverpool or supporting your Saints from home.
A legend of the club, Long spent a wonderful 13-season career in the Red Vee which included being named in Saints’ Greatest Ever 17 as well as winning two World Club Challenges, four Grand Finals and five Challenge Cups and being named Lance Todd winner three times.Long left the Saints in 2009 to join Hull FC’s and then coached at Wigan before assisting at Salford and Samoa before returning to the Saints in 2014 as an assistant coach under Kieron Cunningham following Saints’ Grand Final success.Since then Long has played an integral role at the club, more recently under Justin Holbrook, but has now opted to take up a new challenge over in rugby union.Sean Long said: “I have had 18 memorable years at St.Helens both as a player and as a coach. Working under Justin Holbrook has been a pleasure, but I have always had a desire to work in rugby union and this opportunity at Harlequins is one I cannot let pass me by.“I want to pay thanks to the whole club, to Eamonn, Mike, Justin, all the players and of course the fans for everything they have done for me. I wish the club all the success this season and beyond and I will always be a Saint at heart.”Justin Holbrook said: “Longy has been a pleasure to work with. He is a legend of this club and everyone loves him. We are naturally disappointed to be losing such an influential figure at St.Helens, but I wish him all the best for his next adventure at Harlequins.”Mike Rush, Chief Executive at St.Helens said: “I want to thank Sean for everything he has done at the club both as a player and more recently as a coach. He has been a great addition to the club’s coaching team. It is with a heavy heart that we have to let him go, but Sean has expressed a desire to work in rugby union in recent months and the club all wish him every success in the future.”The club will be making an announcement on a new assistant coach in due course, but will make no further comment at this time.
Leading 4-2, and playing alongside fellow Saint, Reece Sumner, Pemberton, picked the ball up from Archie Fletcher before a quick ‘show and go’ dummy allowed our hooker to dive over from the play the ball to extend England’s lead. Show and go from @Saints1890’s Taylor Pemberton to extend #EnglandRL’s lead just before half-time! Watch on #OURLEAGUE https://t.co/2fhl2dykOTJoin the conversation on @Twitch https://t.co/JK9BPmAQUU pic.twitter.com/aT29oHTjDb— England Rugby League (@England_RL) July 17, 2019Three of England’s tries came in a crucial ten-minute period early in the second half after the French had been reduced to 11 players and England to 12 following a skirmish on the stroke of half time.Leading only 8-2 at the end of a frenetic and at times feisty first half, it was a different England who emerged after the break, capitalising on their numerical advantage with tries for City of Hull’s Jacob Hookem, Warrington Wolves winger Luke Broadbent following excellent work from Wigan Warriors’ pair Logan Astley and Alex Sutton, and a richly-deserved score for Astley himself.Debutant Will Pryce, son of former Great Britain international Leon, converted two of the tries to give England an insurmountable 24-2 lead.Tries for winger Elle Sastre and scrum-half Cesar Rouge, and a conversion from talented Carcassone hooker Vincent Calvayrac, narrowed the gap to 12 points, but the respite proved only brief as Pryce intercepted smartly to score then converted his own try to restore England’s supremacy.City of Hull’s Leon Stewart squeezed over late on, with Pryce adding his fourth conversion to make the final score 36-12.Yet things had started so promisingly for the French who began strongly, forcing a couple of early errors to create half chances they couldn’t quite convert into points. Limoux livewire Cesar Rouge was constantly probing and the Castleford Tigers full-back Bailey Hodgson had to be at his very best to prevent the French half from opening the scoring.But by half-time all France had to show for their efforts was a solitary Calvayrac penalty while England, on the back of hard-working forwards Femi Sanya of London Broncos and Wigan Warriors’ Matty Nicholson, had served notice of their intentions with a couple of well-taken tries.First City of Hull’s Joel Speed dived over Tommy Makinson-style in the left corner, following excellent approach play from Pryce and Hodgson, then St Helens’ number 9 Taylor Pemberton dummied his way over from the play-the-ball – again too wide out for Pryce to convert.A scrappy first half, punctuated by 14 penalties and a succession of handling errors, had offered little suggestion of what was to come, but whatever coach Danny Wilson had to say at half-time did the trick and he will have been delighted at his side’s second half display.England and France meet again on Saturday (20 July) at Wakefield’s Mobile Rocket Stadium (KO 2pm) – a Test Match that will also be broadcast live on the RFL’s Our League app and Twitch.tv. Here are the sides for tonight’s #EnglandRL Youth game against @FFRXIII at KCOM Craven Park… You can watch the game LIVE on the #OURLEAGUE app from 7pm.Watch here https://t.co/2fhl2dykOT pic.twitter.com/9xzG3W1Z2v— England Rugby League (@England_RL) July 17, 2019EnglandTries: Speed, Pemberton, Hookem, Broadbent, Astley, Pryce, StewartGoals: Pryce 4FranceTries: Sastre, RogueGoals: Calvayrac, 2