Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Dust Must Not Settle on Ashes

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Dust Must Not Settle on Ashes

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ENGLISH rugby league boss Richard Lewis has called on Australia to put rugby league's Ashes up for grabs when they face England next month.

Although the Ashes are traditionally associated with cricket clashes between England and Australia, it is also the name given to meetings between the Australians and Great Britain in rugby league.

Australia have held the rugby league Ashes since 1970 but they haven't been contested since 2003.

Now Lewis is backing England players Jamie Peacock and Jon Wilkin and ex-Kangaroos Brad Fittler, Gorden Tallis and Max Krilich, who have proposed that England and Australia play for the Ashes when they meet in the Four Nations at Wigan on October 31.

Australian Rugby League officials will discuss the suggestion this week and Lewis said: "There is so much history and tradition surrounding the Ashes Trophy that it makes no sense whatsoever to have it gathering dust in a cabinet year after year.

"The Ashes have brought out the best in generations of players since they were first played for in 1908 and it would be fantastic if the current England and Australia players were given the same opportunity. …

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