ROB Massam’s free-scoring displays for Chester Gladiators this season have seen him earn international recognition, writes OLIVER ELLIS.
The 22-year-old rising star has been capped by England Lionhearts, a representative team for players in the Rugby League Conference and National League Three.
After missing out on selection for a defeat to Scotland Bravehearts, Massam played at centre against Wales Dragonhearts and scored two tries, including a late winner in a 34-30 victory at North Petherton RFC, Somerset. It was some achievement for a player brought up with the rugby union code.
He said: “Getting selected for England was a shock as I’m still learning the game and the rules.
“I’ve really enjoyed training with the lads in the England squad. When I wasn’t selected for the first game against Scotland I was a bit gutted, but I’m glad as I was able to see the standard they play at, so when I was selected to start in the Wales game I knew what to expect.”
Massam’s try turned out to be a crucial score, beating three men on a 50-metre run in the last minute.
“It was great to score two tries, especially the winning try in the last minute,” said 6ft 1in Massam, who hails from Oswestry and plays for the town’s rugby union team in the winter. “To beat the Welsh when they thought they had won the game was fantastic!”