CLUBB FOR COUNTRY
PUBLISHED: 18:22 10 September 2008 | UPDATED: 10:04 23 August 2010
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A 21-YEAR-OLD Rugby League player has been selected as part of the initial England squad for the World Cup, which starts next month in Australia. Tony Clubb, who was raised in Huntley Avenue, Gravesend, was told he would be included for the train-on squa
A 21-YEAR-OLD Rugby League player has been selected as part of the initial England squad for the World Cup, which starts next month in Australia.
Tony Clubb, who was raised in Huntley Avenue, Gravesend, was told he would be included for the train-on squad by England coach Tony Smith last Sunday.
Mr Clubb, a former pupil of St Georges School, Rochester Road, Gravesend, plays centre for Rugby League side Harlequins, based in London.
He said: "I had just finished playing a game for Harlequins against the Catalan Dragons on Sunday and I got a call on my mobile from Tony Smith.
"He told me there and then I was in the squad.
"I was shocked, I didn't know what to think, but it is something every rugby player wants to do, play for your country at the highest level of the sport."
Mr Clubb is part of the initial 30-man squad, which will be cut to a final 24 on October 7. The team will fly out to Australia for the first game against Papua New Guinea on October 25. Mr Clubb, who moved to Kingston, was first introduced to rugby at Blackheath RFC, before making the transition to Rugby League with the Greenwich Admirals. He was voted Junior Academy Player of the Year for both 2004 and 2005 and made his debut for Harlequins in 2006, where he was voted Harlequins Rugby League's Young Player of the Year.
His father Michael Clubb said: "We are all very proud of him. He has worked hard to get where he is now, and it is a great achievement for him to be chosen in the squad.