England Deaf international Kendall launches East Heath Eagles club for youngsters

PUBLISHED: 09:00 05 February 2018 | UPDATED: 09:26 05 February 2018

Rugby ball (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Rugby ball (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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England Deaf rugby union international Jack Kendall is starting up his own rugby league club and is keen to get people on board.

Kendall, who has played professionally for Dewsbury, has started up a club called East Heath Eagles Rugby and is looking for players and sponsorship to help get it off the ground.

“I am setting up this rugby league club because there are no rugby league clubs in Barking and Dagenham,” said Kendall.

“Rugby league is now a summer sport, so it gives those who play football and rugby union in the winter a chance to try a new sport in the summer.

“Rugby league is such a simple game compared to rugby union. There are not as many rules and laws to follow.”

Kendall, a former London Irish and Kent county player, is positive the new club can benefit budding rugby players and help improve their game.

“Some of the greatest players in the world have played both codes – union and league,” Kendall said.

“As an international rugby union player and ex-pro myself I used to play rugby league to improve my speed fitness and tackling.

“I feel this is great for rugby whatever code you play.”

The club will be running a youth section through the summer and starting in April, teams will be made up of 13 players, and they will train on Wednesday nights at 6.30pm and Sunday mornings at 10am.

“We are running a youth section in our club simply because during the summer kids get bored and parents run out of money and things to do, so we want them to try rugby league,” added Kendall.

“The aims are to grow rugby league and at the same time get new people trying rugby as it is a summer sport and will not interfere with their regular teams.

“It is so important for kids to try all sports and Barking and Dagenham do not offer kids the chance to play rugby league until now.

“All we say is come and try it. You can still play for your winter season teams, but come and try this sport.”

The club will be based at Ilford Wanderers RFC and play in the London rugby youth junior primary league.


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