University of Gloucestershire Rugby League side add Irish International for new season

The University of Gloucestershire Rugby League kick off their pre-season on Wednesday evening and ahead of the next chapter in the club’s history we caught up with club vice-captain Paul Bolger and new recruit Fiach Millward. 

Millward is a fresher at the University this year and the 19 year old comes to the county with an abundance of pedigree in the game.

Millward was part of the Ireland U19s squad in 2018’s European Championships in Serbia and is looking to bring his experience to the county and admits he is very happy to be joining the UoG side.

“I am really excited to be apart of this University of Gloucestershire rugby league side,” Millward told us. “There is a lot of talent in this university side! I was able to do my course I wanted at the UoG which really influenced my decision to come and study here as well as playing rugby.

Of course I hope to bring my knowledge of the game to UoG. As I said there is plenty of talent in this University to be shown and put on display, so I am really looking forward to this season.

Rugby League is quite a simple game if you do the basics right and although I am young and have some experience I am still learning. Every game I play poses new challenges and I just have to get over them.” Millward added.

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Ahead of Wednesday’s Rugby 9s tournament, the UoG side faced a UoG Old Boys squad in a hotly contested pre-season game last Sunday and Millward told Severn Sport that both he and the side can’t wait to get started and admits that one of his main targets this season is to expand his knowledge of the game.

“Everyone is extremely excited for our first test of the season this Wednesday. Training has been good and we are just buzzing to get out on the pitch at last.

The squad of 15 is strong and that is because there is plenty of talent pushing us for our places. It’s crazy really, our seconds team this year is looking very solid which bodes well for us as a club!

My personal target this season is to learn more about the game and try to push and get the opportunity to play at a high level. I would love for us to win the League as I am sure it would mean so much for the boys,” Millward said.

Millward joined up with the Ireland U19s side at the European Championships in 2018

Whilst speaking to Millward, we also caught up with UoG vice-captain and Gloucestershire All Golds player Paul Bolger, who is delighted to see the likes of Millward joining the club.

“We have the likes of Jack O’Sullivan, myself and Fiach who have all been playing for Ireland, with Jack and I playing for Ireland Students and me going on to play for GB Pioneers throughout the year, so we have a decent level of experience but also have some new guys who are Rugby Union players looking for a new challenge. 

So we have a mixed side, but what is great is the new guys have picked up the game really well. We also have a lad who was in the backroom staff for Wigan Warriors for a year so knows a lot about the game, so we are hoping to see it all come together starting on Wednesday,” Bolger said.

University of Gloucestershire Rugby League have their first home game of the season on Wednesday 9th October when they host Exeter University at Plock Court; kick off 15:30

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