Wakefield College’s Rugby League Development Centre (RLDC) continues to bear fruit with the news three players have been picked to represent Yorkshire.
Troy Anderson,Ryan Kelsey and Zak White have all been called-up to represent the White Rose county at the National Carnival tournament next month.
The event is ultimately a trial for the England Colleges squad with the best student rugby league players from around the country invited through their county teams.
Wakefield College has a proud history of county and national call-ups and head coach Mick Bamford is delighted to see his students rewarded for their hard work.
“It is really pleasing for the college that we have had these students chosen to represent Yorkshire in the National Carnival, which is essentially a trial for the England Colleges team,” said Bamford.
“The students have worked really hard while they have been at the Rugby League Development Centre and are looking forward to the challenge that the National Carnival represents
“Ryan Kelsey was fortunate enough to represent the national team last year so he will be looking to repeat that feat again this year.
“I wish them all the best and if they perform to their potential we may well have another three Wakefield College players to represent the England Colleges side.”
All three players have shone for the RLDC team that recently won the Yorkshire Colleges Premier Division and Bamford was full of praise for the trio.
“It’s up to the schools and colleges to put players forward for their county squads but we only put players forward who we believe are good enough to be selected for England,” he continued.
“Hopefully Troy, Ryan and Zak can make the grade, we’re all really proud that they’re representing the college.”
Kelsey, who is currently having trials with Halifax U20s, represented England last year but Anderson, who plays for Shaw Cross Sharks and has been selected for the BARLA Great Britain squad to tour Ukraine this summer, and White have yet to taste international rugby league.
If they are selected for the England Colleges squad they are likely to play in a Test match against their Scotland counterparts, and possibly other international opposition, later this year.
After the National Carnival the trio are set to return to Wakefield College action in the rearranged Yorkshire Cup final against Calderdale.
The match was recently postponed due to a waterlogged pitch and a new date has been penned in for Wednesday, April 17.
In reaching the final Wakefield have also qualified for the National Colleges’ Cup.