Rangers player Kristian has set his sights on winning a full Norway cap after he represented the U19s at the weekend. They went down 54-12 to a very strong Serbian side in Oslo but it was a great experince for Kristain, who'll be back playing for our U18s against Woolston this weekend.
Our club has strong links with the Norweigen Rugby League. His Dad, Matthew, takes up the story...
"Some Rangers supporters will be well aware of Ranger’s connections with Norway, for those of you who don’t I’ve been asked to write something for Ranger’s webpage about Rugby League in Norway. Rugby League in Norway is very much in its infancy, introduced in 2008 by Southern hemisphere players who had moved to Norway and missed their sport.
My wife Jannicke moved to Saddleworth from Bergen in 1995 and she was introduced to another Norwegian Anne Haigh. We were introduced to the Haigh family by another Oldham Rugby Legend –Ray Hicks...I used to spend a lot of my time in The Three Crowns.
Anne has two sons Lars and Nils both of whom have played for Rangers and are eligible to play for Norway through heritage rules. Lars and Nils are familiar faces around the club on match days. Lars still coaches, Anne Haigh is currently doing a marvellous job as Manager of Rugby League Norge.
In turn I have two sons Thomas and Kristian both eligible to play for Norway. Thomas played for Alan Bolton’s Rangers team(a great side)he debuted for Norway’s first team at sixteen against Malta and he is still unofficially the youngest ever International rugby league player.
It was Kristian’s turn this weekend, Kristian currently plays for Rangers U18s and has played this season for our second team. He flew to Oslo to play for the newly formed Norwegian U19s side against Serbia. On the day a very strong Serbian side were victorious(54-12). This did nothing to dampen Norwegian team spirits who play Rugby League with great enthusiasm.
So another name for the International Honours Board... Kristian is looking forward to more games for the U19s and eventually the Norwegian First team."