Students Give World Cup Hopefuls A Run For Their Money

Intensive training and tough opponents for players trying to win a trip to Australia.

The UK Armed Forces rugby league team have been at an intensive training camp at RAF Cranwell in preparation for the Forces World Cup in Australia.

It’s the opportunity of a lifetime for the 25 players from the Army, Navy and RAF – and there’s no holding back as they aim for a place in the final squad to fly to Sydney at the end of June.

On Wednesday they took on the English University students in the third match in their build-up.

And while they may have won 22-10, they had to fight all the way - exactly the match head coach Damian Clayton wanted and expected.

A strong and talented student team led the match 10-6 at half time - Adam Flintham getting the UKAF try.

The servicemen also had three other tries disallowed, before - in an increasingly dominant second half - they eventually got the breakthrough with Si Wray levelling after a great run.

The forces players added two further tries from Micky Hoyle and James Hutchinson before Ryan Matthews kicked a penalty on the whistle .

The UKAF have one final warm-up game to play, taking on the students again in a fortnight at Headingley.

The first match in the world cup will be against Fiji on Friday, July 7, and they also face New Zealand and Australia.