George Herring, Mr Wigan St Pats, has for the past years refused to go on tour with any team. George has been offered many positions on tours to Australia, South Africa, France and many more places in the Rugby League international federation but he has always resisted the temptation putting his Family and club first.
It was by chance a couple of years ago, after being invited on yet another tour, that George hinted that if ever a tour to Malta was available he would agree to go.
About 12 months ago the BARLA emerging lions received an invitation to go to MALTA to represent the RFL in a development 9's competition as well as take on a Maltese Under 20's team in a test match.
When the squad was being assembled I remembered what George had said to me in passing and I was round to the club as soon as I knew the tour had been sanctioned.
George took about 1 minute to accept and it is my privilege, as Tour Manager, to take George to Malta with the BARLA Emerging Lions on his first ever rugby league tour.
George would only agree to come if he was working so George is our Kit and Logistics manager as well as water boy and he love's it!!
Congratulations George. I cant believe the amount of praise that has been given for finally getting you to come away, enjoy the trip