Friday, 15 August 2014

Edwards to make senior bow

Aberdare born Paul Edwards will become the latest South Wales Rugby League Academy player to make his senior debut when he walks out for the South Wales Scorpions first team against Gateshead Thunder on Sunday.

The 18-year old is being given his chance following excellent performances for both the South Wales under 19 Academy side and the Wales under 19 side who won bronze in the recent Rugby League Commonwealth Championships held in Glasgow as a nine a side exhibition sport before the Commonwealth Games.

The centre is new to the 13 man game, having played just four full games of Rugby League, all for South Wales 19s but three of them were wins, including the 38-32 win over Gloucestershire All Golds last Saturday where he scored a hat-trick of tries.

Brought up in rugby union, Edwards came though Rhigos’ youth teams and made appearances in the first team for Glynneath in the Welsh League Division Three last season as well as playing a full season for Neath Port Talbot College in the WRU College league.

Edwards said: “I am very honoured to be given the chance to play for the Scorpions first team in my first year of playing Rugby League. I am looking forward for the test on Sunday against Gateshead Thunder and to the experience it will bring.”

Scorpions coach Mike Grady said: “I’m really pleased to be giving Paul his first team debut on Sunday.

“Every time I’ve seen him play he’s impressed and he scored an excellent hat-trick of tries against a tough side last Saturday.

“He’s one of a number of the under 19s we have in our system here in South Wales who I know are worthy of a first team debut and I know he’ll grab this opportunity with both hands.”


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