NRL Rookie contestant Caprice contemplates future

English NRL Rookie contestant Daniel Caprice says he is unsure about what his next step in the sport will be after coming home.

Caprice hails from Kent and came from a rugby union background but applied for the TV show to learn more about rugby league.

He came through Saracens academy, played in the Aviva Premiership for London Welsh and represented England in rugby sevens, including at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, before relocating down under in 2014.

“I hadn’t played any rugby in two years due to a dislocated ankle and had just moved to Australia,” Caprice told Love Rugby League:

“The State of Origin was on when I arrived and the buzz around the game was phenomenal.

“I applied to the show hoping to learn a bit about league, I’d always wanted to give it a go although I’d never had a chance. I loved the speed and intensity of the game, it looked relentless.”

He only lasted two weeks having only played one game due to injury.

“I would have loved to stay on the show for another few weeks just to get a bit more time on the field.

“It was frustrating to be eliminated having only played one game but it ultimately comes done to Freddy, I was in injured and needed another week to get back running so it put me in a tricky position!”

About his time on the show, he said: “I’m glad I applied for the show, it was my first taste of rugby league and seeing how the world of TV works which was an interesting experience!

“I met some great people, the boys, production team and coaches which made it all worthwhile.”

After finishing on the NRL Rookie Caprice spent time playing fullback for the Berkely Eagles in the Illawarra Coal Rugby League competition. He also trialled with the Braford Bulls in January, but was not offered a contract.

Speaking about the next step in his career, he said: “I’ve just finished a season playing in Australia and learnt lots.

“I’m undecided on my next step with rugby whether it be league, sevens or union but I plan to do some studying while I’m back.”

Caprice also added if the right opportunity came along in league, he would take it.

The show was won by Lou Goodwin, the former Sydney Roosters Under-20s player who will play for the Canberra Raiders next season.

“He’s a great athlete and knows the game inside out,” Caprice said.

“He was the clear favourite from the onset.”

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