Plenty of NRL experience on show

It’s the closest you can get to an NRL game - and it will be in Parkes on Sunday.

Kicking off 3pm Sunday at Pioneer Oval, the Newtown Jets return to Parkes to take on the Windsor Wolves in the 2013 NSW Cup.

Many of the players who will be involved are seasoned NRL performers.

The Wolves are particularly well placed with no less than 11 players named for Sunday’s match who have played in the NRL competition, with an amazing aggregate total of 610 games in NRL playing experience. 

The Newtown Jets have named seven players with recent NRL playing experience.

Sunday will be the second year in succession Newtown has bought their home game against Windsor to Parkes - and follows last year’s success. 

The Jets moved into fifth position on the ladder last weekend after a 30-18 win over the Canterbury Bulldogs - their third win in a row.

They are the defending premiers and a win against Windsor on Sunday will help to consolidate their position in the top five.

Windsor are in second spot in the competition after a 28-12 victory over West Tigers last weekend.

One of the players to watch is Michael Oldfield. 

The 22 year old, 96 kilogram Newtown centre has played NRL with both Manly-Warringah and Sydney Roosters. 

He is a stylish and speedy centre who represented Tonga against Samoa earlier this season and will likely be selected in that country’s World Cup squad. 

Another player in the Jets line up with NRL experience is 105 kilogram forward Ray Moujalli

A journeyman of the NSW Cup, Ray played NRL with the Roosters in 2009. He has also represented Lebanon.

Ray’s front row partner Kane Evans is an exciting highly-rated prospect with a promising NRL career ahead.  The 115 kilogram 21 year old played Toyota Cup with the Roosters in 2011 and 2012. 

He represented NSW State of Origin Under 20s in 2012 and was a Junior Kangaroos representative in the same year. 

Yileen “Buddy” Gordon has played more than 70 NRL games in total with the South Sydney, Canterbury-Bankstown and Penrith clubs. 

He can play either second-row or centre and at 105 kilograms is tough to stop on the edges of the ruck.

Yileen represented the Indigenous All Stars in 2010.

This is his first season with Newtown.

The Wolves are not without their stars, headlined by former Newcastle 

Knight Wes Naiqama.

Naiqama has played 118 NRL games, currently contracted to Penrith for the next two seasons.

He has played with St George, the Knights and now Penrith.

Naiqama will line up at full-back on Sunday for the Wolves.

Brad Tighe is another successful NRL player that will be making the trip to Parkes for the Wolves.

The 85 kilogram centre has played with Newcastle and Penrith in the NRL.

His lightning-fast pace and ability to find the line positions him as a key attack weapon in the Wolves back line. 

The match will be a close contest and a great spectacle for what is sure to be a large crowd. 

Ryley Jacks and his Newtown team-mates celebrate a try in their win against Canterbury last weekend.							   Photo: Jason McCawley Photography

Ryley Jacks and his Newtown team-mates celebrate a try in their win against Canterbury last weekend. Photo: Jason McCawley Photography

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