Ireland international Ronan Michael on his wish to see a professional team in Dublin

Drew Darbyshire
Ronan Michael Ireland

Ronan Michael of Ireland against Wales in 2018

Ireland international and Huddersfield youngster Ronan Michael is our latest guest on My Set of Six.

We’re asking you, the fans, plus players, coaches and other rugby league personalities to give us their answers to our set of six questions.

Favourite away ground?

Although I haven’t played at many big grounds, I would have to say the Totally Wicked Stadium, St Helens. Playing against Saints academy there on such an incredible pitch just gave me such a buzz for what the future could hold for me.

Favourite player?

Sonny Bill Williams has been my favourite player since I started playing union before I even played league. There’s nothing he can’t do and the fact that he’s still playing at such a high level shows the kind of bloke and athlete he is. I’ve always looked up to him as he is an all-round athlete.

Favourite memory?

Making my senior debut for Ireland. I will never forget that moment. The final whistle blew and Liam Finn I think it was put a bomb up and we caught it and scored to put the nail in the coffin against Scotland. I still laugh when I think about my 18-year-old self bricking it making my debut.

Worst memory?

Losing the World Cup qualifier against Wales in 2018 in Wales. Suffering a bad defeat and knowing we would have another year before we could qualify for the 2021 World Cup was an absolute killer.

Best match you’ve seen?

Huddersfield v Catalans in the last game of the season in 2019. We needed a win to stay up and Louis Senior scored four tries. It was a nervous watch but it was cracking.

Your wish for the future of RL?

As a player from a country where rugby league isn’t big, my biggest wish is to see the game grow. I would love to see a professional team set up in Dublin. Being Ireland’s capital as well as a 40-minute flight across the pond, I would love to see an Irish team enter the English leagues in years too. In general, I’d love to see rugby league become a global sport on the level of union and sevens.

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