A CHORLEY rugby league player starred on his debut for England last week.
Richard Wareing, 25, turns out for Chorley Panthers in the Merit Summer League, but last season was one of the key players for Adlington Rangers in the North West Counties Division One.
However, after a number of trials, the dummy-half was picked by semi-professional side England Lionhearts, and played against Scotland.
He could not have hoped for a better start to his debut, as he crossed for the opening try of the game in a 30-22 victory.
He said: “It was really good, but at the same time it was a hard close-fought game and we won in the last five minutes.
“I could not believe I was pulling on an England shirt, and I was really proud to have my friends and family there watching on.
“I thought that it was good that a player from Chorley got recognition on the international stage.”
Wareing will be in action for the Panthers on Saturday, against Crewe and Nantwich Steamers, and hopes his Lionhearts success willb off.
He said: “I have played two games for Chorley, and they have both been defeats, so I hope to get a win under my belt.”
Chorley Panthers Open Age coach Peter Bridge said: “Since joining the club this season, Richard has shown huge potential, so we decided to nominate him for NW trials and the international coaches spotted him.
“It is quite funny, because he was on the bench for England, but the hooker got injured and he went on and scored the opening try.
“His performance puts him in a good position to play against Ireland Wolfhounds on July 16, and then the game against the Welsh after that.”
Adlington Rangers coach Gary Prescott said: “All of Richard’s hard work is starting to pay off.I think he is a role model to young players out there and it is the perfect reward for him to play for England.”