Castleford Tigers Foundation PDRL player Mick Colborn recently received the honour of being called up to the Scotland National Team as they prepare for their matches which will run alongside the 2022 Rugby League World Cup.
Speaking to castlefordtigersfoundation.co.uk on his inclusion in the Scotland squad, English born Colborn explained that he qualifies for The Bravehearts through his family background.
“My Scottish background is from my father and more specifically my grandfather. He was from a little village in Dundee. I had an opportunity to play for both England or Scotland. I thought in respect to my grandad who I never met that I would represent the Scotland team.
“The call to say I was selected was a surprise if I’m honest. I was honoured. I got a message off Scott Burns (Scotland’s PDRL Head Coach) who asked if I could come down to a training session.
“The first training was surreal to meet all of the lads up from Scotland as well as those from Leeds, Warrington, Wigan. It was a brilliant session.”
In August last year Mick was involved in the inaugural Yorkshire versus Lancashire PDRL Origin fixture, representing the White Roses.
Yorkshire ran out 16-14 winners with the Cas player scoring the try of the game from around 40 metres out and produced an unforgettable robot celebration after touching down.
On representing Yorkshire, Mick said: “It was brilliant, I just knew once I got the ball, I was going over the line. I thought on my way there, I have to do something stupid at the end. So, I just ended up doing that – a bit of Crouchy!”
“My family are chuffed to bits. I’ve done a lot of things in my life, but this is certainly within the top five.
“It means so much to me because I played rugby for forty odd years. I never played for Yorkshire when I was younger. Before this call-up and the origin game, the best honours I ever had was playing as a youngster for Bradford Northerners Academy as they were known back then.”
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