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globalrugbyleague - Thu, 16 Oct 2008 07:39:00 GMT
First there was former major league player John Glasscock and then there was ex-Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman. But nothing could have prepared Rugby League for the latest star, Wayne Kerr.
Arriving in Sydney with the Irish Wolfhounds Rugby League squad yesterday, it was Kerr, the hard-hitting prop who became an instant hit with local media.
Not that the 24-year-old from Ireland’s Carlow Crusaders Club is or should be worried about possessing one of the stand-out names in the world of professional sport.
“As my Ma always said to me, she gave me my name for a reason, so it would never be forgotten”, Kerr told the Daily Telegraph.
Rival fans of Ireland will probably make sure no one steal’s Kerr’s spotlight.
Then again there is more to him than his name.
He is one of four Irish players who will put body and soul on the line against Tonga and Samoa in the pool games.
Coach Andy Kelly made it very clear his team is not here just to make up the numbers.
“We’re here to be a big part of the World Cup and to be a big part we can’t whimper in and whimper out,” Kelly said.
“We’re not here to be clowns and be out of the competition.”
That job will be left to some of the other teams.
The Irish Wolfhounds are expected to meet their swelling supporter base, the Blarney Army, at PJ O’Briens in Sydney at 9pm on Thursday October 16. - Read More, Here