05 May 2017 in News
SADDLEWORTH RANGERS' Eribe Doro has just made his debut for England Youth in a Test match against France.
SADDLEWORTH RANGERS' Eribe Doro has experienced a meteoric rise in rugby league.
The 16-year-old pack player has just made his debut for England Youth in a Test match against France.
Eribe is also on the books of Super League club Warrington Wolves where he has just been handed a full-time contract.
Yet it is less than three years since he played his first game of rugby.
Eribe, a pupil at Bluecoat, explained: "I played a school game and one of my mates suggested joining Saddleworth Rangers, and that is how it began.
"It was amazing to get the chance to play for England - you always dream of representing your country. It was a surprise and something I was not expecting."
Eribe, who plays second row/loose forward, added it was a thrill to play an hour in the victory against France at Newcastle Falcons' Kingston Park ground.
"It was a great experience and nothing compared to what I thought it would be. The set up at Newcastle, including the changing rooms, were amazing," he said.
Eribe, who lives at Derker, sustained a minor shoulder injury in the game that ruled him out of the second Test against France days later at Castleford.
It has been exciting times as Eribe, already an academy player at Warrington Wolves, has been handed a full-time contract which he will begin later this year.
He currently trains two or three times a week with the Wolves and plays games for them once a fortnight.
But when he joins them full time, he will train with the U19s and combine that with studies at college in Warrington for his A-levels.
Eribe, a former primary pupil at Sacred Heart (now St Theresa's RC School), trains at Rangers with U16 coach Phil Costin who says he has all the attributes to have a successful career in the game.
As a youngster, Eribe played football, cricket and basketball but says it was only after he went to secondary school that he got the chance to play rugby.