Dublin’s youngest Rugby League Club, Ballyfermot Bears RFC is today celebrating its first ever rugby league international star as 23yrs old club member Anthony McCreery was named in the Ireland ‘ train-on squad’ to travel to the Regional Student Finals in Widnes, England.
Local lad McCreery, who is a sports scholarship student in Dublin City University (DCU), was named in the 27-man squad by Ireland manager Nicky Howard after impressing at trials last week in Portarlington.
McCreery will begin training with the international squad this weekend and will aim to make the final 20-man squad for the tournament, which takes place on the 26th and 27th of March.
His selection marks a milestone for the Ballyfermot Bears, a club only founded two months ago, who will make their debut in the Leinster League this month. We will bring you further news on Ballyfermot Bears and their progress in the months ahead.
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The full squad :
Rugby League Ireland (RLI) announced that twenty seven players have been selected to take part in the final preparations for the trip to Widnes which takes place on the 26th and 27th of March.
Seven spaces have been left open for players to prove their fitness prior to the final selection.
The squad includes experienced heads such as Joe Taylor who was capped three times during Ireland’s Alitalia European Cup campaign this season.
Taylor will be joined by ‘A’ team regular Darragh Williamson who missed just one ‘A’ international last season.
Speaking on the announcement of the squad Head Coach Nicky Howard spoke of his delight at the standard of trialists;
“I would like to thank all the students who attended the recent trials in Portarlington, we were impressed by the standard of players attending and the commitment during the intense trials.
“On behalf of myself and the student coaching team we would to like congratulate the players selected for the training squad for the up coming regional competition in Widnes”
Howard also extended his thanks to Portarlington Rugby Club for their continued support of the students:
“I would also like to thank my coaching team for the work and help preparing the trails and finally I would to thank Portarlington for both use and the welcomed hospitality of their facilities.”
The train on squad will begin training this weekend in preparation for the regional championships.
7 others to be added subject to fitness
News from Munster meantime where there is also a newly formed RFL club.
This season will see another new face in the Munster conference as the Country Cowboys take over the mantle from Bruff RFC.
The Cowboys will enter the league under the watchful eye of Rugby League Ireland Veteran Dave Lavery.
Lavery has been involved at all levels from playing to administration and everything in between.
Killballyowen Park will be the home to the Cowboys who will look to make in roads into Treaty City Titans strangle hold on the Munster Conference.
If you wish to get involved with the Country Cowboys please e-mail Dave Lavery on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit countrycowboysrl.com for more information.