Abbotsford's Chris Chalmers was recently chosen to play for the Canadian National Rugby League team. He is also currently in England as one of two Canadian players selected for a rugby league exchange. Rugby League is a variation of Rugby (the ARFC plays Rugby Union) that involves less players and no rucks.
Chalmers played for Surrey in the summer Rugby League series where he was recognized and subsequently chosen for the Canada Wolverines. His excellent work with them had him recognized for an exchange program with Hull FC, where he will spend a month training with the English squad.
The following article is courtesty of Canada Rugby League's website.
Canada Wolverines squad members Graham Dobbs and Chris Chalmers have been selected as the first Canadian players to trial at Hull FC. CRL Chairman Eric Perez made the announcement. “We are pleased to announce Graham Dobbs and Chris Chalmers will be the first players sent from CRL to Hull FC. We want to thank Hull FC for making this opportunity available, and no doubt both players will make the most of it.”
When asked about being chosen Chalmers had this to say. “This is such a great opportunity to be travelling to a professional organization like Hull FC and gaining invaluable experience and knowledge about Rugby League. Being surrounded by professionals is surely going to assist me in knowing what it takes to become a better player and get my game to the level required to be offered a professional contract. I am hoping that i can come back and represent my country proudly in the International Series this year and would like to thank everyone at Canada Rugby League and Hull FC for making this opportunity possible.”
Dobbs was equally as excited and made these comments. “I am honoured to have the privilege of representing the Canada Wolverines over in Hull. I want to learn and take everything in as best as I possibly can. I can only imagine the ability and level of intensity the club has in their players. It is going to be a great experience both on and off the field, and I hope to develop some skills that I can bring back to Canada and further rugby league in our country. I would like to thank everyone who has helped guide me to this point in rugby, and this opportunity would have not been there if the rugby community had not been so encouraging and helpful.”
Whether or not the players stick on at the Black and Whites, they will no doubt return as improved Rugby Leaguers. The partnership marks a massive step forward for Canadian rugby league and is no doubt one of the first steps in Canada’s eventual rise as a Rugby League powerhouse.