Sport In Brief: Student places go to Eagles reserves

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RUGBY LEAGUE: Two of Sheffield Eagles most highly-rated reserves are set for a chance to impress on an international stage.

Leigh Sanders and Sam Williamson are in the England Students squad to play the Australian Institute of Sport team in Stanningley, Leeds tomorrow.

Both are students at Hallam University and are part of an elite group of young reserves who are training with the Eagles first team squad.

England Students’ coach Gareth Pratt said: “This game is a fabulous opportunity for the team to test themselves against some of the best up and coming Australian players.”

Meanwhile the Eagles game at Leigh Centurions next season has been brought forward to Friday March 8, kick-off 7.30pm, from Sunday March 10.

Root gives hint to team selectors

CRICKET: Sheffield’s Joe Root pressed his claims for a test debut next week with a century for the England Performance squad in India.

Yorkshire batsman Root, who learned his trade at Sheffield Collegiate CC, hit 166 against a Dr DY Patil Sports Academy side in Mumbai.

Root, who was relegated to the Performance squad after Nick Compton got the nod to open the batting for the England test team, hit 22 fours and one six as England closed day two on 484-6.

Spence test for Fireball Fewkes

BOXING: Popular Sheffield light-middleweight John ‘Fireball’ Fewkes, who returns to boxing on December 8 at the Metrodome, Barnsley, will face Scunthorpe’s Steve Spence.

Fewkes has been out of the game since May 2010. He has a won 19 (KO 2) lost 1 (KO 1) drawn 1 career.

Club aims to end five game streak

LOCAL FOOTBALL: Sheffield FC are hoping to end a miserable record this afternoon.

They have never beaten Newcastle Town - but hope to make it sixth time lucky in the Evo-Stik First Division South fixture.

Coach calls for mature approach

RUGBY UNION: Rotherham Titans’ new coach, Alex Codling, says his side will have to be “super disciplined for today’s league clash away at second from bottom Moseley.