Divorty ready to face South Wales

Wales’ Four Nations international star Ross Divorty is looking forward to facing South Wales Scorpions in the Carnegie Challenge Cup Fourth Round this Saturday when he lines up for Halifax at The Shay (kick-off 3pm).

Halifax are currently ranked as the best side outside of the Super League and were considered unfortunate by many not to gain a licence for the elite last year especially following the “withdrawal” of the old Crusaders club.

The match in Halifax is the 50th Challenge Cup game in history to ever feature a Welsh side.

For Divorty, with 10 caps and two tries for Wales, it’s the first time he’s ever played against a Welsh side at any level and it’ll be something different for the 23-year old forward.

“It’ll be an interesting experience for me,” he said. “It’ll be good to catch up with old mates and it’s nice to have a bit of rivalry against players who you know. It’ll be nice to play against them.

“I’m looking forward to it, should I be in the final 17 of course. We’ve looked at South Wales Scorpions through videos and looked at their strengths and weaknesses and we’ll see it goes come Saturday.”

Halifax are hot favourites to win the game and while Divorty would love his team to go as far as possible in the Challenge Cup, he knows that the Scorpions won’t be pushovers.

“We’re taking it one game at a time,” he said. “Welsh players are brought up with rugby be it league or union so you can never underestimate a Welsh side. They’re going to be a tough team. We are optimistic and we want to go as far as possible in the Cup but we know that we can’t take them lightly.”

Divorty has been a key member in Iestyn Harris’ squad over the last three years playing in every game in Wales’ double European Cup winning and Four Nations campaigns.

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