March 04, 2019
The new season is almost here and so is the next generation of Rugby League in Ireland. The newly launched Irish Clubs XIII representing the best of Irish clubs, will be kickstarting the domestic season against Norway RL at home on April 6th. The newly launched side which boasts an already prominent amount of international experience is aimed at producing Irish domestic players for this autumns world cup qualifiers! Norway have made significant progress in their own right and it is the perfect challenge for this Irish Clubs side who will be ready to go after a long hard winter pre-season, waiting on the new season to start!
Speaking to RLI.ie, Irish Clubs Captain and player representative Matty Hadden had his say on the upcoming encounter:
“The aim of these games and training is to expose Irish born rugby league players to the highest level of training and games as possible. It is hoped that this will enable more players to make the jump to play in the world cup qualifiers and ultimately lead to Ireland playing in the next word cup with a successful campaign. I am hopeful that players selected will continue to progress ,learn and develop the club game across Ireland. Ireland is a sleeping giant in rugby league terms and if we can unleash the talent that we have we will be a force to be reckoned with. A lot of these players have the skill, they just need the experience and these games will give us that experience. You can’t beat pressurised environments and live match day situations. They are the best ways to learn the game. Hopefully the opportunity we are getting will inspire others to take up Rugby League and continue the growth of the game in Ireland.
From a personal point of view I am honoured to be asked to captain such a young exciting squad and will do my upmost to lead them to victory. There is no doubt that this side has potential, and it’s only a matter of unlocking it!”
Ireland Clubs XIII take on Norway April 6th in Gormanston Park. Kick-off is at 3PM with free admission. Don’t miss the up and coming talent that Ireland and Norway has to offer.