Had­den eye­ing world cup spot

Rochdale Observer - - FAITH NEWS -

ca­reer. To rep­re­sent Ire­land in a World Cup - it doesn’t get any bet­ter than that,” Had­den told BBC Sport.

“I’ve won 10 caps for Ire­land and not many can say that, ei­ther in league or union.

“I’ve al­ready been to one World Cup with the team and I’ve trav­elled to coun­tries around the globe to play for Ire­land.

“It’s also great to train and play along­side team­mates who have won Grand Fi­nals. I learn so much from them and it im­proves my game.

“We know it’s go­ing to be tough, but we’re rel­ish­ing the chal­lenge and get­ting out of the group would be fan­tas­tic.

“I was in the squad for the last World Cup but didn’t make an ap­pear­ance, so on a per­sonal level I would love to get a game. It’s a ma­jor as­pi­ra­tion in my ca­reer.

“An­other ob­jec­tive, and a big one, is in­spir­ing young­sters back home to take up the game as I think rugby league could be­come mas­sive in Ire­land.

“They can see me, some­one who only started play­ing the game five years ago, in ac­tion for Ire­land at a World Cup.

“The sport just needs that big hit, a trig­ger, and this tour­na­ment of­fers the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide it.”

Had­den has also lifted the lid on why he made the switch to rugby league.

“I had only seen a bit of rugby league on TV but I thought I would give it a go and I re­ally en­joyed it,” he said.

“Rugby league flows bet­ter than union. There are no rucks or mauls to slow things down and it’s just a great game to play.

“When I was com­ing through back home, mak­ing the Ulster set-up was the be all and end all for most young rugby union play­ers.

“Ob­vi­ously only a few make it, while the stan­dard of the top am­a­teur com­pe­ti­tions is very high, and many play­ers could come over to Eng­land to play rugby league as a ca­reer like my­self.”

‘I would love to get a game. It’s a ma­jor as­pi­ra­tion in my ca­reer’

●●Matty Had­den

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