TASS expects to be represented in force at the 2017 Student Rugby League World Cup taking place this summer.
TASS (The Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme) is a Sport England-funded partnership between talented athletes, education institutions and national governing bodies of sport.
The Scheme helps athletes in education – aged 16-plus – to get the best from their sporting and academic careers, without having to choose between the two.
Eleven Rugby League players who have been supported by the Scheme have been selected in the England Universities' 33-man train-on squad ahead of the Student Rugby League World Cup in Sydney, Australia in July.
All student-athletes are also linked to professional clubs and will continue their player pathway with their respective teams post-study.
The Student World Cup team are currently fundraising for the trip and are aiming to raise £100k to cover all costs. Donate and find out more here: gofundme.com/englandunirl.
Former London Broncos player James Woodburn-Hall
England Universities won the 4 Nations last year
The eleven TASS-supported athletes who have selected for the opportunity to compete down under are:
Sam Luckley – Northumbria University (2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17)
Patrick Hargreaves – Northumbria University (2016/17)
Jacob Morgan – University of Leeds (2015/16)
Zack McComb – Leeds Beckett University (2016/17)
Sam Druce – Leeds Beckett University (2016/17)
Charlie Green – St Mary’s University (2016/17)
Bradley Kislingbury – University of Gloucestershire (2016/17)
Malikhi Lloyd-Jones – University of Gloucestershire (2016/17)
James Woodburn-Hall – University of Leeds (2015/16, 2016/17)
Jason Bass – Newcastle University (2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17)
Marcus Stock – Sheffield Hallam University (2016)
Tony Fretwell, National Player Development Manager at The Rugby Football League is appreciative of TASS' backing. He said:
"The RFL and England RL wish to extend a tremendous thank you to TASS for their support in the development of these athletes."
TASS athletes receive an individual support programme consisting of six core services: strength and conditioning, psychology, lifestyle, physiotherapy, nutrition and a medical scheme.
You can support the England Universities fundraising efforts for the World Cup by donating at gofundme.com/englandunirl.