5th October 2015, 13:29
Paulo talks... to Steve Parry
In the first of a short series, South Wales Scorpions’ team captain Paul Emanuelli, who is unable to play for Wales this year through injury, talks to some of his close friends in the Welsh squad. Today he speaks to Steve Parry.
In the first of a short series, South Wales Scorpions’ team captain Paul Emanuelli, who is unable to play for Wales this year through injury, talks to some of his close friends in the Welsh squad.
Today, he speaks to someone close to home in Steve Parry. While the hooker plays for and captains Gloucestershire All Golds, he still lives just a couple of miles away from Paul in the Caerphilly valleys.
Paul - After everything you've been through with your knee, I bet it's a great feeling to get back into this year’s Wales squad?
Steve - It's absolutely amazing to be back involved with the Wales set up. The knee injury was a massive set-back for me and my aim was to just get back playing so too get the call up was massive.
Paul - It's been a pretty good season for yourself at All Golds and I hear you cleaned up at their awards night! It must be pleasing to get back to playing the way we all know you can?
Steve - Yeah it's been a great year for me with the All Golds and I owe it all to the coaches and backroom staff for their support. Without them I wouldn't of got back to the level I wanted to.
Paul - Also real good to see three of your team mates get in the squad?
Steve - it's great to see the other boys getting the call up too. I've seen how well they've been playing first hand so it didn't surprise me they got the call up. They've been great this season.
Paul - Now you've been selected the hard work really starts, what do you hope to achieve from the European Championship on both a personal and team note?
Steve - Personally my target is to just get on the field and represent my country. Hopefully I can get on the field and help the team to success. As a team our goal has to be getting back to winning ways.
Paul - What's your advice for me now I'm facing a lengthy spell out?
Steve - My main advice would be to be patient with it. There will be times where you'll feel like the injury isn't progressing as fast you want it too but you just have to keep working at it and you'll get there. I've known you for long enough mate you'll be back in full flow in no time.
Paul - Cheers Steve mate and best of luck to you personally and the squad. I can see it being a great European Championship.
Wales have two home games in this year’s tournament, taking on Scotland in Wrexham on Friday 16th October (kick-off 8pm) before facing France at Cardiff Arms Park on Friday 30th October (kick-off 6.30pm) before finishing with an away game in Bray, Ireland a week later.
Match day tickets for the games can be purchased at www.walesrugbyleague.co.uk or if you would like to take advantage of hospitality, please contact Hanna Clarke on 07811 268 986 / firstname.lastname@example.org.