Two players represent England
Two Bears representing England down under
Coventry Bears may have struggled at times this season, but the future is brighter than ever as two of their young players are now away on duty, representing England at the Universities Rugby League World Cup in Sydney, Australia.
Kieran Sherratt and Jason Bass are the two players from Coventry Bears.
Jason is a Midlander and played in Loughborough before turning semi-pro with the Bears in 2015, and is now studying at Newcastle University alongside playing at Butts Park.
Kieran meanwhile took the unusual step of moving away from playing for top amateur side Wigan St Patricks, in the very heart of Rugby League territory, to combine playing for the Bears with studying Sports Management at Coventry University.
Jason spoke of his pride at wearing the England shirt for the first time alongside his Bears team mate in the 22-4 win over Wales.
The lads are having a real Rugby League education in Australia, watching topside Panthers in action, seeing state of the art facilities, playing against Aussie youngsters and receiving top quality training and recovery.
Australia may be favourites to win but as Kieran said;
‘Myself and Bassy are both enjoying playing and being at the festival, it’s a high standard of Rugby with teams needing to be at their best for a full 80 minutes to get the win.
It’s been a great experience so far, thanks for all the support from the Bears’