Lloyd latest South Wales product to play Super League
Rhodri Lloyd became the latest South Wales developed Super League player after being named on the bench for Wigan Warriors against Leeds Rhinos at Headingley - just won impressively by Wigan 50-8.by NRL
Rhodri Lloyd became the latest South Wales developed Super League player after being named on the bench for Wigan Warriors against Leeds Rhinos at Headingley - just won impressively by Wigan 50-8.
The 18-year-old first made his name playing for his school, Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni, in the Champion Schools competition.
The youngest player to ever turn out for the Wales senior side at 17 years and 76 days against Italy in 2010, he is one the nation's brightest young Rugby League prospects and started playing his club Rugby League at local side Penallta Storm from the Caerphilly County Borough.
From there, he was signed up by Celtic Crusaders Academy before making his senior debut for South Wales Scorpions last year.
He ended up making 12 appearances for the Scorpions, scoring two tries, before being snapped up by the Warriors last winter.
Now, earlier than expected due to injuries and suspensions, Lloyd is being thrust into the deep end tonight. He becomes the Cwm Rhymni school's second Super League player after Aled James.
Wigan boss Shaun Wane said about Lloyd: "He's a talent. He's picked up the technical side of playing in the back row for us, which is different to any other club, and I've no problems with him."
Scorpions' chairman Phil Davies said: "Congratulations to Rhodri for earning his Super League debut. He was a fantastic player for us last year and deserves his chance to shine on the big stage."
Lloyd is in the Wales training squad ready to face France at The Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium on Saturday 16th June (kick-off 2.30pm). To buy tickets go to www.walesrugbyleague.co.uk
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