1st July 2017, 11:51 | university
"To all the England Student Rugby League squad and support team,
It gives me great pleasure on behalf of the Rugby Football League to wish all of you good luck and every success in the Student World Cup in this special World Cup year for our sport.
I was delighted to see the breadth of universities represented in the train-on squad and the final squad; from the University of Gloucestershire in the South West to Leeds Beckett and a number of Yorkshire universities, alongside players from universities in the North West, the North East and London.
It is a tribute to all involved in Student Rugby League that our England squad sees representation from across the country.
It is also a testament to the dedication and hard work of all the players, coaches and support staff that the standard of Student Rugby League has never been higher.
You are the best of a superb group of young and talented players and should be very proud of your achievements in the journey towards Australia.
The Student World Cup is an opportunity of a lifetime to pull on the England jersey and represent your country and our great sport with passion on the biggest stage of all.
I urge you to play hard and enjoy every minute.
Everyone at the Rugby Football League sends their very best wishes to you all for an outstanding tournament in Australia. We are united behind you every step of the way. With all best wishes.
The England Universities squad for the 2017 Student World Cup is one of the most diverse named to date - featuring rising stars of both the community and professional game; including former Super League and current Halifax youngster James Woodburn-Hall, to Elliot Hall, who first played Rugby League just 18 months ago, and a range of Kingstone Press National Conference League and League 1 talent.
The squad are backed by support staff who arranged a host of friendlies to bolster their preparations, while helping with sponsorship and fundraising - and the players have been on the campaign trail to find support for the self-funded trip.
England Universities open their Student Rugby League World Cup campaign against holders, Australia, on Friday, July 7, 6.45pm AEST at St Mary's Stadium, Sydney.