Calderdale College Rugby League head coach Lee Greenwood is upbeat as his team prepares for its first overseas tour when the under 19’s visit Malta and Gozo next month.
The ex-professional player with London Broncos, Huddersfield Giants and Halifax, says the Malta tour is an exciting challenge for his team.
“The schedule of two games in three days will really test the players out, but it is a challenge they are excited about,” says Greenwood.
“This will be the first time our rugby team has been on an overseas tour. The players and coaching staff are really looking forward to giving a good account of themselves in the two matches, whilst enjoying seeing the sights of a fantastic country”
The touring team will take on domestic championship team Gozo RL before a match against a first time Malta U20’s outfit and Greenwood is bringing with him a number of players currently tied to clubs including English Championship club Halifax.
“Brent Taylor, Joe Martin and Jake Smith are all currently on the books at Halifax RLFC,” said Greenwood of his squad.
Gozo RL, formally registered by Kunsill Malti ghall-iSport (KMS) earlier this week, will be led by captain-coach Clifford Debattista and will welcome the return of Malta international Shan Francois Hussain from a lengthy layoff since his debut for Malta last July.