Lif­fchak ready to prop up Welsh’s Premiership bid

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport - BY CRAIG SIL­VER

RUGBY UNION Aaron Lif­fchak is aiming to kick-start his ca­reer af­ter de­cid­ing to leave Guin­ness Premiership side Sara­cens and sign a two-year con­tract with Lon­don Welsh.

The prop, who is study­ing for a de­gree in Psy­chol­ogy and Busi­ness at Hert­ford­shire Univer­sity, be­lieves the time was right to join the am­bi­tious Na­tional League One club that is aiming to win pro­mo­tion to the Premiership.

The for­mer Queen El­iz­a­beth pupil has found his chances lim­ited at Sara­cens and made just eight ap­pear­ances for the first team since join­ing in 2002, in­clud­ing six this sea­son. He has also rep­re­sented Eng­land at Un­der 16, 18 and Stu­dents lev­els.

Lif­fchak said: “I left Sara­cens with a heavy heart. I en­joyed some great times there and learnt a lot. They gave me the op­tion to stay and con­tinue to push for a first team place or take up this op­por­tu­nity to join Lon­don Welsh.

“At this stage of my ca­reer I need to play reg­u­larly for the first team. Lon­don Welsh have also of­fered me the chance to do some coach­ing. An­other in­cen­tive is that they are turn­ing pro­fes­sional.”

Based in Finch­ley, Lif­fchak be­lieves that those in front of him had taught him a lot. “Be­ing only 22, I have taken ad­van­tage of be­ing able to learn from some of the best props in the world,” he said. “I feel for­tu­nate that they have taught me so much. Now I am in a po­si­tion where I’m able to teach other play­ers. For ex­am­ple, at Lon­don Welsh I will take the scrum­mage train­ing.” Nick­named Liffy, his big­gest in­flu­ence at Sara­cens was fel­low prop, South African in­ter­na­tional Cobus Vis­agie. “He is one of the best in the world,” said Lif­fchak. “And used to go through footage of my per­for­mances and sit me down to anal­y­sis them. And if I ever had a prob­lem, I could ask him what­ever I wanted.” With the Jewish Olympics lit­tle over a year away, he said: “Play­ing for Great Bri­tain at the 2005 Mac­cabiah was un­doubt­edly my great­est ex­pe­ri­ence play­ing rugby.”

He would “love to play” in the 2009 event, but feels that his chances lie in the hands of the Lon­don Welsh man­age­ment team as the event co­in­cides with pre-sea­son train­ing.

Lon­don Welsh new boy Aaron Lif­fchak ( cen­tre with ball) left Sara­cens to play reg­u­lar first team rugby

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