The training squad for the forthcoming match against the Czech Republic in the CEE Bowl competition has been announced following several months of preparation and introduction to the sport of rugby league players aging from 18 to 42 (a father and son combination) and experience.
Captain - Zsolt Haboczki
Forwards - Zsolt Haboczki, Lajos Bihari, Joel Jimenez, Geza Goleth, Andre Brand, Matyas Bihari, Luca Tramontin, Cedric Gaidet, Phil Angel, Laszlo Dekany and Geza Juhasz
Backs - Peter Fustos, Adam Nunn, Laszlo Harangozo, Gergo Zubornyak, Scott Torrance, Federico Sciotti, Imre Szalontani, Nandor Szabo and Mehdi Benaniba
The squad has been preparing well over the last 6 - 8 weeks with players travelling long distances within Hungary and making commitments to travel from Italy and the UK to available for the game - preparations have been a little disrupted by the closure for maintenance of the main rugby pitch in Budapest, leading the team to train on the slightly less than ideal park on Margit Island in the centre of the city - although this has meant post-training beers overlooking a UNESCO World Heritage site.
'If our levels of enthusiasm and desire can be matched by a certain understanding of the rules, then we believe that the team will be able to offer the opposition from the Czech Republic a good and exciting match - we have heard alot about the Czech team, having seen their standing in the world rankings and read about their previous encounters with the likes of Germany and the Nordics, and we look forward to offering them a challenge here, in the heart of Central Europe.We would also like to thank Dove Men+Care for their support in the start of this great adventure.'
The match will kick off at 4pm on Saturday in Kesckemet, Hungary and will be the latest country in the RLEF's expansion plans for the game.