Germany v Czech Republic, Hochspeyer, Kaiserslautern, 17 July 2010

German coach Dan Stocks has included 15 members from the team that lost to Serbia two weeks ago, with only 2 players unavailable from the brutal clash. Stocks commented “I had the opportunity to bring in a couple of experienced players with German heritage who play club rugby league in England, however after the effort the lads put in against Serbia, there was no way they were going to lose their places in the squad. They put their bodies on the line against a stronger, more experienced Serbian side and competed for 60 minutes and hopefully we can take that effort into the game against the Czech Republic. The lads have the rugby league bug and I can only see them and the game in Germany go from strength to strength”.

Rugby League Deutschland founder Simon Cooper, will be hoping to make his 10th and final appearance for ‘Die Dreizehn’ before retiring at the respectable age of 36. Simon commented "Its been an honour to play for Germany and to see us grow each year. Now is the right time to leave. My body is on its last legs, but more importantly we have young German lads like Thomas Isaak, Bene Rehm, Nico Koch, Michael Reinhold, Christoph Huber who are now solid Rugby League players and are now educating others about the game. When we started in 2005 we struggles to even get a 7s team to Holland. Now we have 4 states playing Rugby League. We still have a long way to go but we feel we are heading in the right direction. I will still be involved organizing Rugby League in Germany, but its time for the next generation."

Three of the four Keinhorst brothers will be hoping to line up again and keep the try scoring up – the Keinhorst name appearing as a try scorer in the last 8 national team games, with youngest brother Jimmy leading the all time try scorer list for Germany, having picked up man of the match performances in his last 3 games. Captain Kristian will be hoping that he does not receive any further blows to the eye which required 8 stitches 2 weeks ago in Belgrade.

Dan Stocks is also excited to see props Fehlemann and Isaak once again after their performances in Serbia. “They have no respect for their own bodies, always doing the hard work and getting us out of trouble when our backs are against the wall” said Stocks. The two 19 year olds caused the Serbs big problems. in the engine room with their powerful running and fearless tackling.

Benedikt Rehm was appointed Co Captain this year. The 23 year old is now a veteran for Germany, having made his debut in 2007 against Serbia. Each year he has made big progress and is one of the main influences in the German team. He will become the most capped German born player when he wins his 7th Cap for Germany overtaking former Captain Leo Berngruber.

This will be the 4th time Germany have played the Czech Republic, having won the first two encounters and losing the recent encounter in Olomouc. Germany will be looking for revenge after under performing last year against the Czechs.

National team squad to be chosen from:

1. Nick Keinhorst
2. Max Shoengen
3. Nico Koch
4. Jimmy Keinhorst
5. Christoph Huber
6. Damien Seibold
7. Kristian Keinhorst
8. Fabrice Fehlman
9. Dan Stocks
10. Thomas Isaak
11. Max Froeschner
12. Ben Behy-Heyde
13. Bene Rehm
14. Simon Cooper
15. Liam Doughton
16. Jacob Handy
17. Jonas Burkhardt
18. Paul Shezhofner
19. Benny Lauer