Rangers players head Down Under before select few advance up the league

Brighouse Rangers U-16 squad who head to Oz on Thursday
Brighouse Rangers U-16 squad who head to Oz on Thursday

Brighouse Rangers ARLFC Under-16s jet off from Manchester to Sydney via Singapore today on a 16-day tour of Australia.

The party consists of 19 players, four coaching staff and 11 parents who have paid their own way outside of the almost £50,000 raised to make the once-in-a-lifetime trip Down Under.

They will be playing in Sydney and Brisbane, taking in four games against local opposition Blacktown City and North Sydney Bears, and then up to the Gold Coast to play further fixtures against Jimboomba Thunder and Brighton Roosters.

Clarke Bailey, son of the late Huddersfield RLFC chairman John Bailey, and his colleagues at the club, the parents and the players have put in some long hours over the past two years to bring this amazing trip together for the club.

In the meantime, professional clubs have noted what talent there is at Russell Way and for some of Brighouse Rangers’ under-16s players there is the chance now to impress higher up the sport’s ladder.

A number of players have signed two-year contracts at professional clubs: loose-forward Ronan Costello has joined Huddersfield Giants after two years with Rangers, stand-off Ethan Salm has also moved to the Giants after two years with his junior club and the third player to sign for the local Super League club after one year is front or back-row forward Reeve Boxall-Hunt.

But it is not just Huddersfield Giants who are finding future stars at Brighouse.

Second-rower or prop Milo Martin has moved up the road to Odsal to join Bradford Bulls after five years with Rangers and second-rower Alex Tankard has signed for Warrington Wolves after 11 years at Rangers.