Youngsters Discuss International Honours

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22nd September 2017

Widnes Vikings Academy players Jacob Dugdale and Billy Glover shared their delight at gaining international honours, speaking to guests in a packed C&C Karalius Suite prior to the London Broncos game. 

Dugdale and Glover played for England Youth and Wales U16s, respectively, in the recent fixture Cardiff Metropolitan University. The pair were presented with their framed matchday shirts by former international representatives, Chris Bridge (England) and Glyn Shaw (Wales). 

Jacob Dugdale, who plays for Wigan St Judes and attends Standish High School, came off the bench early for England and impressed throughout his long stint at hooker. 

Billy Glover, a former Halton Farnworth Hornets player and Wade Deacon student, started the game at centre. He delivered in a Man of the Match performance as Wales recorded an 18-10 victory, the first ever win by Wales over England at that level. 

Billy said: “It was a tough game against England, because they’re a big physical side. Everyone had to put the effort in. It was great to play with the lads and it was a really special moment.” 

“We knew what England were going to bring. We knew they were big and they would play a quick game, so we tried to prepare as best we could and get stuck in. 

“We had to be dominant in the middle and, when we could, take our chances to play out wide. I now want to keep training hard with the Vikings’ Academy, and get as many games as I can under my belt.” 

Jacob said: “I started on the bench and was very nervous! My chance came early on when someone got injured. I tried to work as hard as I possibly could, focussing on not making errors and getting some tackles in.

"They (Wales) were physical and big, pretty fast and dominant in the tackles, so we couldn’t get through them.

“Hopefully I get many appearances in the scholarship games and then sign a contract at the end of the year. Ultimately I’d like to play for the first team.”

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