Woolley hopes GB Teachers debut results in another call up

Nick Woolley in action for St Albans Centurions.

Nick Woolley in action for St Albans Centurions. - Credit: Archant

Samuel Ryder Academy teacher Nick Woolley is hoping he impressed enough in his Great Britain debut to earn another call up.

The 24-year-old, who plays scrum-half for St Albans Centurions, was playing for a GB Teachers side that lost 52-2 at Super League club Widnes’ Stobart Community Stadium.

While the final result may not have been in his favour, Woolley to be selected again.

“It was a great experience; walking through the players tunnel when I first arrived, it was jaw dropping to see just how huge the pitch appeared” said Woolley, who came through a tough trial in order to gain a place in the starting line up.

“We lost to a very talented GB Students team who were very well drilled and had clearly spent a lot of time together. The game was played at a very high intensity; the first stoppage wasn’t for 10 minutes. I played centre, which is a position I havent played for Centurions for two seasons, but gave a solid account of myself, hopefully earning a second call up in the next game.”

Woolley’s GB call up was his latest achievement in rugby. Having played union for a number of clubs, his switch to league has not hindered his appetite to play at the highest level possible. Woolley has already been part of the inaugural South West England Origin series, when he took to the field for Devon during his time at university in Plymouth.

It was only three weeks ago that Woolley was put in touch with the coaching staff at GB Teachers, but he unassumingly took the opportunity with both hands.

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“I first heard about it all when Mike [Hollister, St Albans Centurions captain] put me in touch with the head coach of GB who invited me up to a trial training session in Stretford High School, Manchester,” he said.

“At the trials there were some very good players. Although some of it was training to get all new squad members up to speed, the entire session was played with real intensity throughout.”

Although the side lost in Woolleys debut, he hopes that he has done enough to earn a recall to the side, as the next game, once again to be played in Widnes, would pit him against Centurions team mate Matthew Stringer, who will be representing GB Police.

“I certainly hope that with my performance and another good training session I will earn the right to represent GB Teachers again and face team-mate Matt in the game against the Police.

“Although the result [this week] didn’t go our way, it was a great experience to represent GB Teachers on such an occasion and play against such a talented opposition.”

Centurions duo Woolley and Stringer will both be eagerly anticipating the match up, to be played on Saturday, July 17.