“it is a great opportunity for students in the region to showcase their talent on a wider stage and progress through the performance pathwa”
Adam Hughes, Higher Education Manager, Rugby Footb
MAGNIFICENT ELEVEN TO FACE THE SOUTH EAST
The South West student rugby league squad to face the South East next weekend in Maidenhead features no less than eleven University of Gloucestershire students.
Full back Kaine Dimech, wing Chris Barlow, centre Brad Kislingbury (pictured), half back Liam Rice-Wilson, utility back Hanley Dawson, hooker Luke Stephens and forwards Callum Bradbury, Danny Fallon, Connor Jones, James Mason and Jarrod Simm make up the Gloucestershire contingent in the 20-man selection.
Following trials in Cheltenham that featured over 45 hopefuls from Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University and the Universities of Exeter, Bristol, Swansea, Bath as well as the University of Gloucestershire, South West coaches Dan Poulton (University of Gloucestershire) and Alex Ford (University of Exeter) made their choices.
The squad packs bags of talent and experience. University of Gloucestershire students Dawson, Jones and Mason have signed professional terms with the All Golds while Fallon featured in a handful of fixtures for the All Golds’ League 1 side towards the end of last season.
Dimech also made the Maltese International train-on squad earlier this year and loose forward Mason played for England Universities last season as well as making one appearance for Oxford RLFC in League 1.
In addition, the majority of the eight-man University of Bath contingent has been signed by South Wales Scorpions’ newly formed Under-20 development side who recently had their first fixture against Bath & Wiltshire Romans.
Hooker Tom Plance was a star performer in the Romans’ debut season and ironically played for the Welsh side against his club teammates in this fixture. Conan Osborne is a recent convert from the Bath University Rugby Union squad and has previously represented English Universities at Rugby Union. Centre or wing Osborne has Jamaican ancestry and made the Jamaican Rugby League World Cup train-on squad.
The final place in the squad goes to Swansea University’s Lartey Laryea who hails from the South East of England. A centre or wing in the union code, he has only recently started playing rugby league at hooker and his versatility makes him a valuable member of the squad.
The Rugby Football League have matched the quality on the field with a strong management team off it. Bath & Wiltshire Romans’ manager, Chris Chatten has been appointed team manager to the squad.
Head Coach of the side is Dan Poulton who is currently coaching the University of Gloucestershire BUCS team and he will be assisted by University of Exeter head coach Alex Ford who also plays for Exeter Centurions in South West League.
The South West representative side provides a pathway for students to progress to an origin fixture where the best of the South will take on their counterparts from the North of England. From this fixture the full England squad will be selected.
Adam Hughes, Higher Education Manager, Rugby Football League, said “it is a great opportunity for students in the region to showcase their talent on a wider stage and progress through the performance pathway”.
Chatten added: “The squad are looking forward to the fixture later this month and we are looking forward to seeing our squad progress through the pathway, but also offer them other opportunities to participate in the greatest game not only in the university environment but also in the community game and for some with professional clubs.”
The South West squad for the game with the South East is as follows:
Chris Barlow, Callum Bradbury, Hanley Dawson, Kaine Dimech, Danny Fallon, Connor Jones, Brad Kislingbury, James Mason, Liam Rice-Wilson, Jarrod Simm, Luke Stephens (all University of Gloucestershire), David Belcher, Liam Cashman, James Exley, Ed McGuire, Conan Osborne, Jamie Park, Tom Plance, Joe Ring (all University of Bath), Lartey Laryea (University of Swansea).
The South West will play the South East on Saturday 12th December 2015 at Maidenhead Rugby Club, Braywick Road, Maidenhead, West Berkshire, SL6 1BN kick off 5pm.
Notes for Editors:
Team manager Chris Chatten was the Match Day Manager for the University of Gloucestershire All Golds League 1 side during the 2015 season.
Head coach Dan Poulton began the 2015 season with Coventry Bears before going on loan to the Gloucestershire All Golds. He has signed with the All Golds for 2016 He has been heavily involved in growing rugby league in the Midlands in his role as Rugby League Academy Manager at Moreton School in Wolverhampton after graduating from the University of Gloucestershire where he was part of the BUCS Super 8s team.
Assistant Alex Ford helped Exeter Centurions to a Grand Final appearance after they won the South west League Minor Premiership
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