Here’s all the latest Newtown Jets pre-season news

The Will-o’-the wisp fullback, winger and halfback Luke Towers has returned to Henson Park after several mercurial seasons in France and England. In this photo from 2010 one of the Melbourne players he has evaded is a younger version of the present-day Storm and New Zealand Kiwis front-rower and team captain Jesse Bromwich. Photo: Jason McCawley Photography.

More new blood for the Jets as they complete their third week of pre-season training.

Here’s a reminder that 2017 Newtown Jets membership packages are now available, and you can check out which membership deal best suits your needs by going to this link on the Newtown RLFC website:

Your membership of the Newtown RLFC enables the Jets to be a competitive force in the increasingly-demanding and high-standard Intrust Super Premiership NSW competition.

Please be an ambassador for our club by encouraging your family members and friends to become Newtown Jets members as well.

As of last Tuesday, here’s a list of those players who have been training with the Newtown Jets pre-season squad:

Alec Bush (ex-Parramatta NYC); Luke Towers (ex-Sydney Roosters, Newtown in 2010, then Limoux, Carcassone and Salford); Kenny Niko (Newtown 2016);  Brent Anderson (Newtown 2016); Leigh Higgins (ex-St George-Illawarra NYC, Thirroul, Sharks SG Ball); Tyla Tamou (ex-Endeavour Sports High, De la Salle JRLFC in Cronulla); Jason Schirnack (Newtown 2016);  Khalid Deeb (one of Newtown’s most honoured players and determined to put in a solid pre-season);  Saulala Houma (Newtown 2016); Penani Manumalealii (ex-Cronulla Sharks, Wests Tigers, Samoan international representative); Tesi Taulilale (ex-Northcote RLFC, NZ); Kurt Kara (Newtown 2016); Tepatasi Fuivava (ex-Cronulla NYC. This big fellow weighs in at 125 kg) ; Ben Fritz (ex-Parramatta NYC and Manly-Warringah NSW Cup and ISP NSW); Corin Smith (Newtown 2016); Matt Evans (Newtown 2016); Vaughan Thistlethwaite (ex-St George-Illawarra NYC and Kiama Knights); Ross Mati-Leifi (ex-East Campbelltown).

2016 Newtown Jets forwards Kurt Dillon and Malakai Houma are both training with the Cronulla Sharks NRL squad.

2016 Cronulla Sharks players who played with Newtown and who have now moved on to other clubs:

Junior Roqica – to London Broncos; Josh Cleeland – to Canterbury Bulldogs; David Fifita – to Wakefield Trinity; Mitch Brown – to Leigh; Matt McIlwrick – to Wests Tigers; Anthony Moraitis – to Canberra Raiders; Jacob Gagan – to Newcastle Knights; Lachlan Stein – to Penrith; Jesse Sene-Lefao – to Castleford.

Congratulations to the Newtown Jets website sponsor Ari Boulas and his wife Ariane who welcomed their first son (John) recently. Ari and Ariane already have two daughters. Best wishes to the Boulas family from everyone at the Newtown Jets.

Newtown Jets ex-players in the Country Rugby League news:

Luke Branighan has been appointed captain-coach of Oberon in Group 10 (in central-western NSW).

Tuki Jackson is the new captain-coach of the strong Albury Thunder club in Group 9 in southern NSW.

And Glenn Dumbrell is the captain-coach of Yanco-Wamoon in Group 20 in the western Riverina.

The Newtown RLFC was well represented at the NSW Rugby League’s Semi-Pro Day, held at the Australian College of Physical Education at Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush on Saturday, 19th November 2016.

There was an interesting range of well-qualified guest speakers covering topics relevant to young semi-professional Rugby League footballers.

The former North Sydney player and now NSWRL Welfare and Education Officer Greg Nichols coordinated the day.

The aim of the day was primarily to assist Intrust Super Premiership NSW players deal with the realities of working full-time; the demands of a tough individual and team training regimen; along with their everyday responsibilities of living in a fast-paced, complex global city such as Sydney.

The Newtown Jets are quite rightly regarded as being a family and community-oriented club and Henson Park is our home. Catch a glimpse of a day (and night in this instance) at home courtesy of our friends at Sydney Film Studios here:

Christmas is now only four weeks away and it’s time to start thinking about your choice of presents. Newtown Jets clothing and merchandise items always go down well as Christmas gifts, so take a look at the Jets clothing and merchandise website on:

In addition to buying online, you can contact Olga directly for sales inquiries on 0412 712 612 and on