Two young Norwegian players have been with Rangers in recent weeks. The Norway national team manager Anne Haigh, mother of Lars and Nils, takes up the story...
"The players are Bendik Trones who is 17 years old and plays for Bodø Barbarians and Norway U19 team. Bodø Barbarians is the world most northest rugby league club, situated 150 km inside of the Artic circle. And then Ole Magnus Brekk who is 19 years old, plays for Trondhjem , vice captain for Norway U19 and also plays for the Norwegian senior team."
" Originally they came over here to train and hopefully play a game for Saddleworth Rangers to get some more experience and take some more knowledge og rugby league sport back to Norway. They were lucky to train 4 times with Saddleworth and enjoyed that between 30-40 players turned to training. First Saturday they were here they had the opportunity to play for Saddleworth 2nd team where a fellow U19 Norway player plays , Kristian Hilton. They played against Bolton and had a good win. Ole Magnus and Bendik played the whole second half. Ole Magnus succeeded 4 convertion out 6. And they both did some good runs. Last Saturday they stayed their Saddleworth coach Danny Attersall arranged a friendly between masters/U18 and their 2nd team. They were impressed how welcomed the saddleworth players were and keen to teach the rugby league."
"They also watched saddleworth U8 and U15 play their matches. They were also invited by Huddersfield Giants academy and train with the players from academy. A dream come true to be able to practice with players from a super league academy. Also while they were here they managed to watch 2 Super league matches live. Lars Haigh took them to watch Huddersfield Giants against Salford Red Devils and St. Helens and Hull. They went back to Norway with new inspiration for strength training, to improve their fitness and skills. And teach their club players."
Sounds like a good time was had.