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Rugby League: University duo win call-ups for England

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 21, 2014

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TWO University of Gloucestershire students have been selected for the England Students Rugby League training squad.

Liam Long and Jack Binks, both members of the University of Gloucestershire All Golds Rugby League side, have been named in a 36-man training squad for the 2014 Student Four Nations Championships this Easter, which will take place at Nottingham University.

Long and Binks play for the All Golds BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) XIII.

Binks, 21, is a prop who is from Tingley in West Yorkshire and went to Wakefield College. He currently studies sports development at the University of Gloucestershire. Long, 22, is also an undergraduate at the university, studying sports coaching. He plays at wing and is from Bournemouth where he attended Queen Elizabeth’s School in Wimborne Minster, Dorset.

England Students will face Ireland, Scotland and Wales in the annual Four Nations competition and will look to regain the title after a narrow loss to Wales in the 2012 Four Nations final in Wrexham.

Mike Stewart, head of the University of Gloucestershire All Golds Under 19s’ Academy and captain of the club’s championship XIII, said: “We are naturally delighted to have two of our players representing their country at this level. This is an excellent opportunity for both Liam and Jack and it further demonstrates the development work throughout the ranks that is taking place at the All Golds.”

Andy Pitchford, Director of Sport at the University of Gloucestershire, said: “I’m very excited for these guys; it is such an honour to be called up to train with your country at any level.

“This is a great example of the way the All Golds can provide a pathway to success in rugby league as well as offering a superb standard of higher education at the University of Gloucestershire.”

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