RUGBY LEAGUE: TWO of Coventry Bears’ brightest young players are representing England down under at the Universities Rugby League World Cup in Sydney, Australia.
Despite Bears’ struggles on pitch this season, a bright future would appear to be just on the horizon as Kieran Sherratt and Jason Bass jetted off to Sydney.
Midlands-based Bass played in Loughborough before turning semi-pro with the Bears in 2015.
He now combines his time studying at Newcastle University while playing at the Butts Park Arena in the summer.
Kieran meanwhile took the unusual step of moving away from playing for top amateur side Wigan St Patricks in the heart of rugby league territory.
The youngster currently studies sports management at Coventry University while playing for the Bears.
The pair are having a rugby league education in Australia – watching top side Panthers in action while viewing state of the art facilities and playing against some of Australia’s top youngsters.
Though Australia are favourites to win, Kieran said he’s hopeful England can push the Aussies all the way during the series.
He added: “Myself and Jason are both enjoying playing and being at the festival.
“It’s a high standard of Rugby with teams needing to be at their best for a full 80 minutes to get the win.
“It’s been a great experience so far.”