The Rugby League Nines returns this evening with Wakefield taking a strong squad to Humberside to face Hull KR, Hull FC and Castleford.
Glenn Morrison will be in charge of the Wildcats side in the nine-a-side format which encourages youngsters to shine on a big occasion. Players such as Matty Wildie, Liam Kay and Lucas Walshaw are in the squad travelling to MS3 Craven Park.
The event starts at 6.30pm and the Nines head coach Morrison is in confident mood.
“We are taking quite a strong squad to Hull, we have a few experienced players and a few of the under 20’s that have been performing well so I am happy with the squad,” said Morrison.
“We had a training run last night to prepare for tonight and hopefully we get a couple of wins this evening.
“We are playing players who need game time and will help us do our best. You don’t go into competitions to lose, we are not expecting to win either but we will do our best and we will see what comes of it.
“There are a few players who will feature that have been knocking on the door and it gets to highlight their game in this format with the experienced players around them. I also have a trialist that’s come across so we will see how he plays and how well he adapts because he has come from rugby union so we’ll see how he goes with league and he’s basically playing for a contract.
“There are a few things at stake here and it’s not just a bit of fun.”
Last year’s tournament saw current Huddersfield Giant Greg Eden burst into the limelight with Castleford and Morrison is hoping the same thing will happen amongst the Wildcats squad.
“Players are given their chance on a big stage to highlight what they can do. Liam Kay was one of the best players last year and he’s now training full-time with the first team.
“It gives these young blokes the chance to get into full time and show they can match it with some experienced senior players and won’t look back.
“Obviously we would like to win the tournament, you would never go into a competition wanting to do anything but. I played some sevens back in Australia so I am trying to get the same kind of structure to our nines team and hopefully there will be some entertaining rugby and a chance for the young boys to gain some experience and get some wins.”
For supporters who are new to the Nines concept Morrison explains one of the many differences between the full 13-a-side game.
“There is a fair bit of difference between the usual code of rugby league with one of the main rules being instead of taking conversions you can take a power-play where you have one tackle to go for another try which would be a bonus four points.
“There are a fair few different rules but the basic rules of rugby are still there and it is an entertaining and high scoring matches.”
The squad in full is:
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Tickets for tonight’s Nines event at MS3 Craven Park are £6 for adults and £3 for concessions with parking costing £2.
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