Rangi Chase relishes Wales challenge

Rangi Chase will captain West Wales Raiders in 2021

Rangi Chase says he feels like joining West Wales Raiders was one of the best decisions he’s ever made.

The 34-year-old has been appointed captain of the League 1 club, where he will line up alongside former Wales rugby union international Gavin Henson in the halves for Aaron Wood’s side.

Chase moved down to south Wales and has a job installing and repairing gym equipment during the day, while training twice a week in the evenings with his new club.

He said: “I love Wales. The people are beautiful. I’ve got a good job here and I’m not too far away from my three kids in Yorkshire.

“I can’t complain. At the moment I feel like it’s the best decision I’ve ever made.

“They’re very ambitious and want to head in the right direction. I think I can contribute.”

The former Man of Steel and England international is now preparing to make his Raiders debut, alongside Henson, in their Challenge Cup first-round tie against one of his old clubs, seven-times winners Widnes, at Stebonheath Park on Sunday.

They will be underdogs with OlyBet for the encounter, but may be up for an upset against his former club.

Chase was only a month into a two-year deal with the Vikings when he failed his drugs test but he has fond memories of his brief time at his last Super League club.

He said: “I had a great time there. It was up there with Castleford.

“I just wasn’t doing great things. I was in a bad place, I had personal issues and made some bad decisions.

“I created a lot of the drama that was happening in my life. I suppose I’m one of them people who learn the hard way.

“There’s no excuses for what I’ve done. Things happen and you move on, life goes on. I’ve picked myself back up and I feel in a great place.”

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