Liam Henry goes international

A smashing time: Liam Henry during the recent match against the Leeds Rhino's U18 side. Photo: Contributed.
A smashing time: Liam Henry during the recent match against the Leeds Rhino's U18 side. Photo: Contributed.

Without a doubt Blayney Bears' under 18's star Liam 'Smiley' Henry has a huge future in front of him playing rugby league, and from now on he can add the word 'International' when he talks about his career.

Henry is part of the NSW Country Rugby League U18s side that is currently in England facing off against a number of Great Britain sides.

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In their first match against the England Community Lions Under 18s side the English players simply couldn't cope with the fitness and skills of their NSW opponents, losing the match 50-6.

Although the scorecard suggest a walkover, Henry said it was nothing of a kind.

"You have to give it to the English players, they play some really tough football," he said.

In their second game against the Leeds Rhinos under 18 side, their winning margin was much smaller at 34-4.

It was that second game against Leeds that Henry said has so far stood out during the brief tour that commenced on November 18.

"It was played at the Stanningley stadium in Leeds," he said.

"It was a massive experience because Stanningley is Leeds' home ground and we were able to train and play there, and also have a look around the stadium as well," he said.

It was a massive experience because Stanningley is Leeds' home ground.

Liam Henry

The tour consist of three matches and they'll be facing against the England Community Lions when the sides meet again on November 30 at Pilkington Recs in St Helens.

In the meantime the players are all either training or touring the sites of England in the team buses, and although there are numerous distractions on offer, there is only one real focus for Henry as the tour comes to an end, their next match on Saturday.

"It's going to be a hard hit-out because the boys they really do stick it to you for the full 70 minutes," he said.