Hull KR play host to Cambridge University

Hull KR hosted Cambridge University’s rugby league team last week as part of their preparations for the annual varsity match against Oxford University.

The ‘Light Blues’ made use of the training pitch and gym facilities at MS3 Craven Park before taking on local amateur club, Holderness Vikings, in a friendly game last weekend.

It all formed part of the build-up to the Varsity encounter on March 8th and Hull KR’s Head of Youth, Martin Dunn, was only too happy for the Robins to play the role of genial hosts: “The guys from Cambridge were up here and we received a request asking if we’d be willing to let them use our training pitch and gym,” he said. “We were only too happy to oblige and it fitted in well with them having a fixture against Holderness Vikings off the back of that.

“We see ourselves as a welcoming and hospitable club who are only too happy to do our bit for the amateur game. The guys seemed to enjoy their time with us and presented the club with a signed, framed Cambridge shirt which was a great gesture.”

Meanwhile, Andy Champ, coach of the Cambridge University team, said: “I was delighted when Martin offered us the opportunity use the facilities at KR. We were pretty much given free reign of the club, and the staff couldn’t do enough for us. We worked around some of the first grade players in the gym, and I was extremely taken back by their professionalism and how down to earth they are.

“Being in this environment was fantastic for the lads. We got a lot of work done and built a good platform to work from going into our preparation for varsity.

“I would like to thank Hull KR for their support and for this opportunity and hope that we have forged a strong relationship for the future.”

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