Liverpool rugby league player set to represent GB in Turkish development trip
University of Liverpool student, Sam Sinton, who is going into his final year of Business Management and plays rugby league for the university team, has been selected to represent Great Britain.
He will be part of the GB contingent who head to Turkey for around a week at the beginning of September, where the team will help to develop rugby league at all levels from amateur and university sport right through to the national team.
Every year since 2005, the GB Pioneers organisation sends rugby players to countries that would benefit from their help in establishing rugby league, with previous destinations including Hungary, Latvia and Norway.
Sam, from Warrington, said: “I’m really looking forward to seeing how developed the system is there as well as getting to play in an international test match and testing my ability at this standard of the game. It feels great to be selected and I’m very proud to represent Great Britain.”
As well as assisting in the development of the game, the squad will also play in a test match against the Turkish national team in order to help prepare them for the upcoming Emerging Nation’s World Championships which will take place in October along with the likes of Greece, Poland and Japan.
Sam explained: “This year the tour is in Turkey as they have recently developed good foundations for the sport with 6-8 teams now being in the Turkish Rugby League Association. We want to help continue this growth and provide some training to improve on what is already there.
"My former captain, Angus Parkin, took part in the tour two years ago to Hungary and was asked by the organisers whether he had any recommendations to go on the tour. He asked me and I was keen to get involved so I put my name forward and got selected to go.
“Back when I was playing junior rugby we went on a small tour to Cumbria to play some local teams but I’ve never played a game abroad so I’m really looking forward to it!”
By Matt Addison
AU Vice President (Communications)