[F]urness College will be well represented on the rugby league world stage as a tutor and student line up for their respective countries during the half term break.
Craft engineering student Theerapat Nueto – known as Tez – will make his international debut for Thailand while Barrow Sixth Form geography and geology tutor Shaun Mason will play for Great Britain Teachers.
Tez, who studies at the Channelside campus, will line up in the match against Malta on October 28th with a chance to secure a world-ranking place for Thailand if they win.
“It is a big honour for me,” he said. “I was brought up here but my mum has always told me to remember my roots. I know a bit about the culture and I can speak a little Thai and it is an amazing opportunity.”
During the trip the 20-year-old, who also plays for Barrow Island and Furness Rugby Union, will visit a school in North East Thailand to help them develop rugby training techniques.
Meanwhile Shaun, who teaches A levels at the Rating Lane campus, is heading to Poland for a match against the national squad in Lodz. He said the squad hopes to spread the word of rugby league during the tour, with a warm up match before the big game.
He is holding a Race Night at Roose Pioneers on Saturday (October 22) to raise funds for the tour together with team mate and former sixth form student Sam Doyle, who works at the Pupil Referral Unit in Barrow.
“This is a really exciting opportunity for us to play at international level,” said Shaun. “The Polish national squad will be a tough side to beat, but the squad has some good ex pros in the fold, such as Mark Barlow, as well as many national conference players. We are busy raising funds to help pay for the trip and any surplus will go to support Roose Pioneers club and youth squad funds.”
To buy tickets for the Race Night, please contact Shaun on [email protected]