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Elliot looking to follow in classmate's footsteps

26th October 2015, 14:29

Elliot looking to follow in classmate's footsteps

A famous former class-mate of Sam Warburton will run out onto BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park this Friday when the Welsh international Rugby League side takes on France in the European Championship at the famous stadium (kick-off 6.30pm).

A famous former class-mate of Sam Warburton will run out onto BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park this Friday when the Welsh international Rugby League side takes on France in the European Championship at the famous stadium (kick-off 6.30pm).

 

Cardiff-born Elliot Kear is one of a host of players with Super League experience who will be starring on each side. Kear is an experienced cross-code player with 75 Super League appearances behind his belt after making his debut as an 19-year old for Celtic Crusaders.

 

He’s also won 16 Welsh RL caps, scoring 10 tries, whilst in the 15-man code, he spent half on last season playing for London Welsh, making eight appearances in the English Premiership and four in the European Challenge Cup.

 

That equates to over 100 appearances at the top level of rugby and his status as a top Welsh sportsman is rightfully alongside two of his famous class-mates from Whitchurch High, Sam Warburton and Gareth Bale.

 

Kear played at Cardiff Arms Park as recently as a year ago when on trial for Cardiff Blues but he decided to plump for London Welsh.

 

“I had a trial for Blue A against Ospreys,” he said “It’s a really nice pitch. I played for Cardiff Schools there in rugby union coming up through the years from aged 11 right up until I was about 16 years old and I remember going there a lot as a kid watching Cardiff.

 

“I love the Arms Park, it’ll be good to be back. The atmosphere there is always great. I can remember watching the likes of Iestyn Harris with the stadium being packed out and if we can get a few thousand there on Friday against France, it’ll be just as good. I think we’ll get a big crowd as there plenty of Super League players on each side.”

 

The 26-year old started his Rugby League at Cardiff Demons after the Blues released him as a youngster, but he has since excelled at the 13-man game, joining Bradford Bulls after the old Crusaders went under, leaving them for his brief spell back in union with London Welsh.

 

“I enjoyed my time at Welsh and it was a really good experience,” Kear continues. “I always had a view of trying to go back to union at some stage as I’d been out of that game for so long. I wanted try my hand at it as I’d never played senior rugby union before let alone being full-time. I met some really good people there. Justin Purnell brought me in and we got along really well, but I think League is my sport. It’s where I made my name and I’ve been full-time for seven years now. I think the game suits me more as a physical level, it’s faster and I’m a much smaller bloke.”

 

Kear joined London Broncos midway through the 2015 season and will start pre-season training with them soon as they aim to get back into Super League at the second time of asking.

 

But now, all he is focussed on is helping Wales to a European Championship victory as a win over France on Friday will almost guarantee them the title.

 

“I’ve looked at the French team and they look strong but then you look at our team and we’re just as strong. If we play anywhere near how we did against Scotland then it’ll be a great game and we’ll have no excuses not to get the win. We’ve a strong team this year.”

 

Wales continue with their European Championship campaign on Friday 30th October when they take on France at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park (kick-off 6.30pm). Tickets can be bought by going to http://www.walesrugbyleague.co.uk/match_day/tickets.