Cunningham eyes double Welsh win


Cardiff-born Curtis Cunningham is hoping to make it a double bill of Welsh wins in the English capital on Sunday when he makes his debut for South Wales Scorpions against his old club London Skolars.
The match at White Hart Lane Community Stadium comes just 24 hours after Cardiff City’s big day at Wembley against Blackpool in the Championship Play-off Final and Cunningham says that it will be an exciting weekend for him.
“I’m a big Cardiff City fan,” said Cunningham, “So I’m going to be in front of the TV at home on Saturday afternoon cheering on the lads. It’ll be a quiet one for me, I’m not able to go out as I’m playing for South Wales Scorpions on Sunday. I really hope City make the Premier League as it will be soon good for the area and Welsh sport in general. Then I’d love to make it a double of Welsh wins in London for South Wales Scorpions on Sunday.”
Cunningham started his rugby league career with the Demons in 2008 before signing for Crusaders in 2009 and playing in their Super League reserves side. He then signed for London Skolars at the end of 2009 following Crusaders’ move north but decided to return to Wales last month to join the Scorpions.
Sunday will be his full debut for the club. He did make an appearance for the Scorpions in the Cheltenham Nines tournament on April 25th where three of his five tries came against Leeds Rhinos, but this Sunday will be his first proper 13-man outing for the Welsh outfit.
“I’m really excited,” he said. “It’s my first game back for a few weeks so whoever the opponent is I’m just looking forward to play again and showing the Scorpions what I can do as this is my first real chance.
“I enjoyed the Cheltenham Nines, I think it went well for me. A few people said to me that they had me down as player of the tournament. It’s a shame that we didn’t win in the Final then maybe I would have been in more contention for that. I scored a few tries and ran hard as I was determined to prove myself.
“I’m excited to be back in Wales. I played with Celtic Crusaders last year alongside a lot of the boys who are now with the Scorpions so it’s good to be among people I know and back in the Welsh environment.”
With the Welsh Conference season starting this Saturday, Cunningham has welcomed the announcement that he can play for Cardiff Demons again should he not be in the Scorpions side at any given week.
“I certainly would play again for Cardiff Demons,” Cunningham adds. “I said that to Anthony Seibold a few weeks ago so I’m pleased that we’re able to do that. But I love the game, I love rugby full stop so if I’m playing I’m playing. I’m not too bothered who it’s for, as long as I’m on the field. The first rugby league club I ever played for was Cardiff Demons so I’d love to go back there again if I wasn’t in the Scorpions squad.”