Carney praises Student game
Brian Carney is a shining example of what playing student Rugby League can do for you.
For the Sky Sports presenter, life may have been very different for the former Great Britain international if he hadn't been introduced to the sport while a studying law at Trinity College, Dublin.
It was while playing for Ireland Students in the 1998 Four Nations tournament that the strong-running winger with lightning pace came to the attention of a number of Super League clubs.
He eventually signed for the newly formed Gateshead Thunder for the 1999 season and followed them to Hull when the clubs merged for the 2000 campaign.
Brian joined Wigan in 2001, and in his five seasons with the Warriors played 101 games, scoring 42 tries.
Having already won four international caps for Ireland he then made the Great Britain squad for the 2003 Tests against Australia, subsequently being named their player of the series.
In 2006 he moved to Australia to play with the Newcastle Knights in the NRL, scoring 16 tries in 26 appearances.
The Irish flyer returned to Super League in 2009 with the Warrington Wolves but played just four games before being forced to retire through injury.
Brian was immediately snapped up by Sky Sports and presents the 'Super League Super Men' show and is a regular summariser on live broadcasts.
Brian is in no doubt what a profound effect playing in the Four Nations tournament had on his career.
"The 1998 Student Rugby League Four Nations tournament was my first opportunity to represent my country at any level and was a proud moment that helped shape my career," he said.
"There are not many people in the world who get the privilege of standing and listening to their national anthem and then taking to the field and playing in their country's colours."
And he has a message for all those taking part in today's trials.
"International student Rugby League is the pinnacle for our student participants and I wish all players taking part in the trials the very best. Play well and leave the field with no regrets."
Brian was speaking ahead of this weekend’s Student Regional Championships at Nottingham University. The Championships will act as a trial for the England side and features sides from Yorkshire, the North West, the North East, the Midlands, the South West and the South East. The first game kicks off at 2.00pm.