University of Gloucester All Golds captain James Greene has described winning the Carnegie Floodlit 9s as the best sporting experience of his life.
The All Golds will compete in Championship 1 next year, but will test their capabilities against the top professional teams in the country by competing in the Rugby League 9s.
Greene was a winner of the Carnegie Floodlit 9s in 2009 with Hull FC, and believes the competition can bring the rugby league community together better than any other competition.
He said: “It’s an amazing occasion where teams, and more importantly, supporters of all leagues, regions and even countries come together to create an outstanding atmosphere.
“The 9s circuit is a great chance where players can show their ability and flair, not just as a rugby player but as an athlete. I look forward to seeing the players and matches through this year’s competition as the performance bar keeps getting nudged higher year on year.”
University of Gloucester All Golds will compete for the cup named after them when they take to the field for the Rugby League 9s.
But the trophy that will be handed to the winners on Finals Day at Headingley Stadium was originally commissioned for the Cheltenham 9s, coincidentally a tournament Warrington Wolves won before winning the inaugural Rugby League 9s last season.