Aaron Hall represents the University in Australia
Posted on Wednesday 28th June 2017
Postgraduate student Aaron Hall has been selected to represent the England rugby league side at the University Student World Cup in Australia.
The prop forward was one of 30 selected to travel to the competition, taking place in July.
The ten-day long tournament is being staged in the Parramatta and Penrith areas of Sydney, with the final being held at Pepper Stadium, the home of Penrith Panthers, on Sunday 16 July.
The competition will feature six countries drawn in two pools of three using rankings based on how they finished in the 2013 World Cup in England. England will come up against Australia, Wales and Scotland in the group phase.
‘The whole process began in October with a local trial in Wigan,’ said Aaron.
‘This progressed to a Northern/Southern divide, culminating in a match in Loughborough.
‘The England coach was there and picked from the recommendations of the northern coach and from what he saw on the day.’
Since the initial squad was selected in February, the team have completed a number of training sessions in Nottingham and Sheffield and participated in practice matches against the combined Armed Forces team and a St Helens reserve team. Despite beating the Armed Forces at Headingly, they suffered a difficult defeat against Saints.
‘The St Helens match gave us a real eye opener on how preparation should be going,’ said Aaron.
‘But our aim for the competition is to reach the final and go on to win the competition.
‘We’re looking forward to getting out there and testing ourselves against the bigger teams.’
Aaron began playing rugby at 15 after falling out of love with football. He has since gone on to play with semi-professional teams and has represented England at both college and university level.
His passion for sport has led him to studying for his PGCE (M) 14+ from which he’ll graduate in July, with the hope of becoming a PE Teacher.