April 05, 2019
The final player to feature in the player series. Ireland Clubs Captain and Rugby League stalwart Shane 'Bisto' Kelly!
Age: 21 plus VAT
What is your occupation? secondary school teacher and owner of Primal Fitness, Edenderry.
1)Why and When did you start playing league?
I started playing in 2006 with the Tullamore Knights under Ray Baker and got my first Irish cap in Edinburgh in 2007 at 17.
I was always fascinated by the speed and big hits in rugby league so wanted to try that. Also who can say no to rugby in the nice weather. As a back I am not a fan of the muck and rain, it slows me down too much.
2) How has preparation gone so far for the Norway game?
Really good. The sessions are very snappy and we can see huge improvements every week. It is what we would’ve wanted out of the camps, the training has given us a lot of reasons to be excited
3)Favourite part of being involved in the squad so far?
Has the be the camaraderie with the lads. The sessions are very serious but we have a good laugh as well. It is important that we enjoy it, when you are enjoying your rugby the best comes out. I also like sneering Casey and watch him trying to interact with some players. He is very socially awkward.
4)For those out there reading why should they get involved in rugby league and join a club in Ireland?
It’s a great chance to meet new people and socialise. Rugby league is a great opportunity to keep fit over the summer, learn a new game/skill and you have the avenue to represent your country.
Plus you get to bash a few lads too, what more could you want?
5)What would be the biggest piece of advice would you give them?
Get back 10, work hard and no hiding places in this game!
6)Finally who has impressed you the most inside the camp?
That's a tough one. There is a lot of lads stepping up, big James Mulvaney is really showing what he can do, but I have to say Aaron Ryan, he is coming into his own now, he listens he learns and he adapts, works his ass off too. He is still very young and has a great future in the game. The senior world cup team better watch out and you will see why on Saturday
7) As an experienced member of the squad what has excited you most about the current crop of players coming through?
Has to be the youth, we have some monsters on the team who are starting to play some really good rugby league. these young lads have a great chance to play professional rugby league and should all get a shot at the senior team. We need to guide, help and get as many as them home grown young lads on the next world cup squad as we can.
Ireland Clubs XIII take on Norway tomorrow kick off is at 3pm in Gormanston Park. Come out and see Irelands best club players in action ☘️