Rugby League has been highlighted recently by the success of the Scotland team in the World Cup.
This year also saw the Student Rugby League World Cup take place in England, with Borders College student Terry Skeet representing Scotland.
“This was an amazing experience for me” said Terry.
“I was so proud to represent my country.”
Terry, from Hawick, was based in Leeds with the squad and enjoyed the opportunity to play and train with them.
He commented that the training was similar to how the professional players train and he worked on some new and different training techniques. The squad also had team meetings and took time to analyse games, which all added to the experience.
“It was a really good atmosphere, the squad really gelled, we all went out together and even if we weren’t playing, we all had our jobs to do.”
Coached by Alan Davidson and his assistant, former Scotland half back John Duffy, the team opened their tournament against Australia at Bradford’s Odsal Stadium, followed by games against Russia at South Leeds Stadium and New Zealand at Dewsbury.
Terry, 18, was part of the team who played Russia and South Africa. The squad also played games against England, Wales and Ireland and throughout the tournament the former Hawick Linden prop enjoyed the opportunity to meet players and supporters from other countries.
Terry joined Borders College through the Best Chance project, created to give support to youngsters transferring from school onto a full-time college programme.
He enrolled on the BASE Rugby course and on completion decided to take up a trade.
To make it possible for Terry to take part in the tournament, he had some great support including sponsorship from the Bill McLaren Foundation and Borders College.
Scotland finished eighth and Terry has presented the college with one of his Scotland tops.
He has recently secured an apprenticeship with Border Construction and is undertaking the first year of a three-year brickwork apprenticeship, attending college two days per week, so he hopes to have the opportunity to play in the next Student World Cup.
In the meantime, he plays rugby union for Kelso, and over the summer played league rugby for Edinburgh Eagles.
He also recently played for Edinburgh Napier in a nines tournament and hopes to get into the trials for the Student Rugby League Four Nations next year.