Northumbria Police officer selected to play for England Police Rugby team in Hong Kong

Northumbria Police officer selected to play for England Police Rugby team in Hong Kong


The Rugby World Cup started this week
but Eddie Jones and his team weren’t the only English rugby players to jet off to Asia
ahead of a big tournament. That’s because the English Police Rugby team flew out
to Hong Kong this week to take on colleagues from Australia and New
Zealand. One of our officers, Sergeant Greg Haynes, was one of those lucky
players to be selected to take part. We caught up with him before he jetted out on
tour so he could be presented with his
England shirt by Chief Constable Winton Keene, Police and Crime
Commissioner Kim McGuinness and the Director of Rugby at Newcastle Falcons Dean Richards. Yeah I played since I was about 10-years-old down in York and since I moved up here 10 years ago I’ve been playing for a local club called Medicals and I’ve been involved in Force rugby since joining. So I’ve been involved with England
Police rugby for the last four years now, I first got involved when I went for a rugby trial down in Birmingham I’ve been involved ever since then in the last two years we have had several games and players have been picked from those games to travel out to Hong Kong where we are playing in two games against Australia and New Zealand police. This is the first time that we’ve traveled
abroad so for me this is probably the once and only time I’ll ever get to go. I’ve been playing rugby now since I was 10 and I’m 35 now so it’s probably
the last time I’ll ever go on a trip like this with family commitments and work commitments. Going abroad for 10 days it only happens once.

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