University of Leicester is helping to keep alive Leicester's status as a
sporting capital by producing three international rugby players.
Hurst from Bramhope (Leeds), Ben Joyce from Brackley (nr Northampton) and Chris
Purcell from Aberdare, south Wales have all aced the National League of the
Student Rugby League Competition, and have represented England and Wales and
Great Britain in international tournaments.
recent trip to Russia was an amazing if not surreal experience for Greg Hurst,
who is reading for a degree in Business Economics: "The locals got to hear
about us and 14,000 people came to the stadium to watch," he said.
was as though I was famous! I kept getting asked for my autograph and two girls
had made a banner saying 'I love you Greg!'. I kept telling people I'm only a
student, not a super star!"
not yet, but a promising career in semi-professional rugby is now a reality not
players were allowed some respite from the high-pressured job of representing
their country, and enjoyed the anonymity of being tourists. "We got to do
some sight-seeing in Moscow and went on the overnight train which was a bit like
something out of a James Bond film."
the reality of playing rugby to such a high degree is somewhat less glamorous.
Hard work, dedication and balancing academic work with training are all
essential to their success.
these young rugby stars, apart from their studies, life at Leicester is all mud
and games! Greg said: "The University of Leicester and the Student Rugby
League have given me great experiences in sport and a platform on which to
build. A good club atmosphere and the new friends that have come about through
playing at university will be my lasting memories of my time here. I would
advise all new students to play sport at this University. Socially and
competitively, the rewards for me have been high."
added: "We are now on the lookout for sponsorship in order to keep
competing at an international level with the forthcoming Student World Cup being
held in Italy in July."
TO NEWSDESK: For
more information, please contact Greg Hurst on: Mobile: 07980 545717 email:
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