3rd February 2016, 15:46 | StHelens

Ozols handed St Helens trial

Ozols handed St Helens trial

Loose forward Ozols played rugby union for his country before switching codes

St Helens are to give a trial to Latvian dual-code international Mikus Ozols.

Loose forward Ozols played rugby union for his country before switching codes and was in the Latvia team that lost to Spain in qualifying for the 2017 World Cup.

"Mikus is a strong-running, skilful player who helped start his club Sigulda, which is on the outskirts of the capital city Riga, and became player-coach," said Saints reserve team coach Ian Talbot.

Ozols will play for Saints' newly-formed reserve team, alongside Tommi Hughes, a former England sevens international who was recommended to the club, and local teachers Tom Connick and Dave Llewellyn, who have both agreed 12-month deals.

Talbot said: "The reserves are vital for us in making sure our top-age academy players and those in the first-team squad gain game time at the highest possible level.

"But it also enables us to try other avenues which may possibly unearth a gem. These four players will bolster the reserves ranks and it is an opportunity for them either to stay in the game or show what they can do.

"Tom played for us at junior level and went on our Academy tour of Australia in 2006. He has played for Coventry, Oxford and London Skolars and currently teaches at District Primary in St Helens.

"Dave Llewellyn played with me at Rochdale and he brings experience to help out the younger lads."