Leeds Rhinos to visit Gloucestershire
The most victorious Rugby League Club in the history of the Super League will be sharing the secrets of their success in Gloucestershire next weekend and taking on the University of Gloucestershire All Golds.
2012 Super League and World Club Champions Leeds Rhinos are bringing their entire Under 19 squad to the University of Gloucestershire for a weekend of Rugby League.
On Saturday 19 January they will be running an open training session for local amateur coaches and school teachers from 1pm until 3pm at St Peter’s High School in Gloucester. The following day they will return to the school to play a match against the University of Gloucestershire All Golds, with kick off at noon.
With their history dating back to the 1870s the squad are looking forward to sharing their expertise with the All Golds ahead of their Championship One debut in March. Based at Headingley, the Leeds Rhinos have won the World Club Challenge three times and won the Championship (including Super League) nine times.
Dr Andy Pitchford, Director of Sport at the University of Gloucestershire, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Leeds Rhinos and are grateful to them for taking the time to do so. They are a team at the top of their game and this is a great opportunity for not only the All Golds but amateur coaches and teachers in Gloucestershire.”
Former Rugby League international player Barrie McDermott is Head of Youth Development at his former club and said: “We are very excited about the potential in Gloucestershire and this trip will give our players chance to sample the facilities and test themselves against the cream of the South West.”
The majority of the Under 19s squad has come through the Leeds Rhinos Scholarship system with players from York, Castleford, Wakefield, Dewsbury, Bradford, Oldham and Cumbria although the majority are from Leeds. Luke Briscoe, James Duckworth, Jordan Baldwinson, Liam Sutcliffe and Liam McAvoy toured Australia with the England Academy in the summer and three in Elliot Minchella, Ash Robson and George Milton who toured France with England under 16s. In last week’s Boxing Day friendly against Wakefield Wildcats seven of the squad made their first team debut.
Lionel Hurst, University of Gloucestershire All Golds Rugby League Football Club Executive Board Member, said: “The All Golds have been honoured with a fixture against one of world rugby’s finest Academy teams. As an indicator of the quality on view for the spectators is that of the likely Leeds Rhinos squad of 17 that will face Melbourne Storm in the World Club Challenge soon as many as 12 will have progressed through the Rhinos youth structures. We will have to be at the highest levels both on and off the field of play as the eyes of the world will be upon us. An historic occasion awaits us all!”
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