Halifax RLFC star, Rob Worrincy, has come back to London Broncos recently, providing his knowledge to those players thinking about a career after rugby league.
We got the chance to catch up with him and find out what it was like to be back in the capital.
“It’s really good to be here. It’s a place that will always hold fond memories for me. It’s the club that really helped me, and actually got me started in rugby league.
“This club has always been really kind to me, and thanks to them I have been to some wonderful places and met some wonderful people. I have nothing but a deep admiration for the club, and I enjoy any and all contact I have with the Broncos.”
“I work for FitUK, which is a fitness training company and I’m here working with a few of the lads and helping them to get their fitness instruction qualifications. This means they will have the chance to go on to be fitness and PE instructors. Most of the boys are really eager and keen to learn and move forward.
“Obviously there might be a couple who need a bit of an extra push, but that’s part of the job and it’s good to be here teaching like minded people who really care about their career outside of the game.”
“When we came through, the exposure of the game was a little bit different. In my case I got into the sport a bit later than others, and didn’t really have an understanding of it at first.
“The first team then was full of players from many different parts of the globe whereas now you see so many more home grown players all starting to make the grade.
“The good thing for the academy boys now is that they can see young English players in the first team, and they can aspire and look up to those players which will be a real help to them. I also think that the fact that the people leading the academy programme here have experience, not only of coaching, but of playing the game at the highest level too, is a great asset.”
“I must admit it was a weird one, but brotherly love was probably the difference between me becoming semi-professional and professional.
“The sibling rivalry really helped and spurred me on, as we would come home and I would want to be the best in training and better than him on the field.
“My brother was a great athlete and a good rugby player and even though he was a bit younger than me I kind of looked up to him. It was great to play with him and I wish we could have played together professionally.”
“Yes, definitely! Especially if you look at some of the players that are coming through into the London first team right now. Players like Kam Pearce-Paul, who I’ve seen play both here and at London Skolars, are showing what talent there is.
“We, at Halifax, have watched the Summer Bash footage and seen the young players who all played really well in Blackpool. Alex Walker who came through the academy here had a great game, and for me, Lewis Bienek was clearly one of the stand out players of the entire Bash in terms of his size, stature and the way he carried the ball.
“The Broncos have always brought players through and you need only look at the Championship and Super League to see London products everywhere. London will continue to produce great talent and the club can always be very proud of that. For me, London Broncos will always have a special place in my heart, because without the club I might still be in South East London somewhere doing something I shouldn’t.”