26th September 2019, 09:53 | masters
As the 4th Great Britain Masters touring team goes to Australia, the very first Great Britain Masters tourists celebrated 10 years since they made the historic first Great Britain Masters tour to Australia. The 2009 Masters Rugby League tourists got together at Siddal Rugby League club.
At the end of 2008 following the first incoming tour to UK by Australia , the Rugby Football League decided to organise a Great Britain Masters Rugby League tour to Australia in September 2009. So group of lads signed up to travel to Australia to play Masters Rugby League for the very first Great Britain Rugby League touring side. Everyone of the players, from those with semi- professional experience to those who had played many years at amateur Rugby League, were excited to be the very first Masters touring side to visit Australia.
Back in 2009, the players and tourists met up for a run out at Brighouse and for a pre-tour get together at the birthplace of Rugby League, the George Hotel in Huddersfield and a march round at Headingley before they all set off to make history and memories in Australia.
The reunion 10 years on was a night of stories and memories, including contacting some of the lads abroad, waking up Joe Nolan at 06.30 am in Australia! The oldest tourist, Ray Timpson and wife Christine, who was also on the 2009 tour, travelled down from the North East to join the celebrations. And of course life and soul of the 2009 tour, Sutty and Donks (aka Paul Sutcliffe and Steve Donkersley) were in great form at Siddal!
The full playing register with Heritage Numbers, for the historic first Great Britain Masters tour to Australia is: