Rugby League: Mayfield's James Connaughton tours Canada with Great Britain Police Rugby League

Date published: 03 November 2017

James Connaughton, who plays for Rochdale Mayfield ARLFC, was a member of the Great Britain Police Rugby League squad that recently spent two weeks on tour in Canada.

The GB team won thier first game against Canadian Wolverines at Klahane Park, Vancouver by 30-16.

The second game against New Zealand Police RL at Brockton Oval, Stanley Park, Vancouver ended in a draw 8-8.

Gareth Pratt, Great Britain Police Rugby League Head Coach, who is from Littleborough, paid tribute to all the players and congratulated them on their performances in two "great games".

He said: "The squad was a fantastic group of hard working players who had a very strong team spirit and showed amazing pride and honour to represent their country."

Asked about Connaughton's contribution on the tour, he said: "James did very well on tour, both on and off the field – he had a great game against New Zealand which we drew after beating Canada in the first game.

"James also showed great character off the field and helped the rest of the police officers carry out community sessions with schools in Vancouver."

The Great Britain Police Rugby League squad uses the facilities at Rochdale Mayfield for training and meetings.

Pratt added: "We are extremely grateful to Mayfield."

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