Castleford Tigers Foundation’s PDRL team are back in action this weekend for the latest Physical Disability Super League festival with Wigan Warriors hosting the tournament on this occasion.
The festival will take place at Wigan St Cuthberts ARLFC with the matches getting underway from 11am on Saturday morning. The Tigers come up against Leeds Rhinos, Warrington Wolves, as well as the hosts Wigan Warriors.
Cas’ PDRL side are currently on a fine run of form, picking up four victories in a row over the past two festivals, getting the better of Wigan, Bradford, Warrington, and what was the only unbeaten team left in the competition, Wakefield.
Looking ahead to what should be another fantastic day of PDRL, Tigers captain Nick Kennedy outlined that there is a good feeling in the camp after picking up some standout results.
“It’s really exciting because we have had a few new players come in recently and we have had some really good results. At the last festival we beat the only undefeated team that was still standing. It’s really exciting what the new lads have brought to the team and have added to what we’ve already got.
“We’ve won the last four games against some really good opposition because Wakefield were previously unbeaten and I think we gave them a bit of a shock. It was really good to get the win against them because they beat us in our second game of the season. The games will be just as tough this weekend coming, and we are all really looking forward to getting back.”
The game of physical disability rugby league is growing year on year with numbers continuing to increase and that has been seen recently in the Fords’ setup with a few new additions joining up with the squad.
Kennedy explained that he is over the moon to see participation numbers continuing to increase and how the welcoming environment within the club has played a big part in helping new members of the squad settle in.
“The thing I am most proud of is that the new guys have joined and it’s amazing how much they have loved being part of it from the start. They said that they already feel welcome and already part of the team.
“It’s a really big part of how I try and captain the team. The wins are absolutely important because I am a very competitive person but the way we go about it is key. We want to make everyone feel welcome and that everyone has got their place in the team. To have that kind of environment and be getting the wins is the dream.
“The people who have recently joined are lads who have injuries or conditions which meant that weren’t expecting to have playing rugby as part of their lives anymore. Just to see how much they have got from it by coming down is great.
“The game is improving tournament on tournament not just season on season, so the product we deliver is just getting better and better. The more people that get involved, the more it will improve.”
Kennedy, along with fellow Cas teammates Kenan Wilkes and Mark Gummerson, was involved in the latest England PDRL camp in the build up to the World Cup later in the year.
It was recently announced that England will take part in a warm up match against a PDRL All Stars line up early next month and Cas’ captain spoke about his World Cup preparations.
“We had our first overnight camp recently and we are getting more towards the cutting edge of it now. Everyone is pushing to get in that final squad because we are only in a sort of training squad at the moment. We’ve just had our first build up game announced, which is on the 7th of August against a representative PDRL team which will be like the Combined Nations All Stars.
“It’s going to be the first time that we have played to the international set of rules because they are slightly different, and it will be a chance for us to show what we can do in a real game setting. You can do as many drills as you want on the training pitch, but when you cross the white line, that is where you can see how we are doing as a team.
“It will be a great chance to see where we are before the World Cup later in the year.”
Everyone at the Tigers would like to wish our PDRL side all the best for their latest festival, good luck everyone!
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