Local boy Massam launches Rugby League World Cup 2013 diary
For one person, playing in the Rugby League World Cup 2013 in Wrexham will be a dream come true.
Local boy Rob Massam has enjoyed a meteoric rise since making his debut for the North Wales Crusaders in 2012
In just two short years he has gone from playing amateur rugby to representing Wales on the international stage.
And now Massam, 25, who lives near Moss Valley, is looking to live every boy’s dream by playing for his country at RLWC2013.
The powerful winger has been in scintillating form for the Crusaders, finishing as the club’s top try scorer last season and leading the way this year with 8 so far..
His exploits have already caught the eye of Wales coach Iestyn Harris, who handed Massam his international debut against France in 2012.
And with Wales due to play USA at the Racecourse Ground on Sunday November 3, Massam bid to make the squad will be chronicled with his ‘Rugby League World Cup Diary’ on the Wrexham Council website.
“If I were to only get one more cap for Wales then it would be here at the Racecourse,” he said
“To play for my country in, front of my home crowd, in front of my friends and family, would be incredible. They were all gutted that I didn’t play here against England last year so it would be a huge honour to play for Wales here in Wrexham, especially at RLWC2013.
“The fans here are amazing. They make a lot of noise so if we can get more people in the ground for the USA game then the atmosphere will be incredible.”
On making his debut for Wales, Massam added: “It was unreal - I can’t believe it actually happened. To think that in less than two years I went from playing amateur Rugby League with Chester Gladiators to turning out for Wales was crazy. It still hasn’t sunk in really.
“What made it even more surreal was that I used to see these guys train when I worked at Total Fitness and now I am playing alongside them for Wales. I was really nervous because these were big time professional players, but they were a decent bunch of lads who have really helped me along. Playing for Wales was the best experience of my life.
"Hopefully I can bring that experience to the Crusaders this season and prove that I’m good enough to play at RLWC2013.”
And Massam’s rapid rise from amateur to fully-fledged international has been made all the more remarkable by the fact that he juggles playing for the Crusaders with his day job as a personal trainer.
He said: “Being a personal trainer certainly helps with my fitness. A lot of the guys playing for the Crusaders have other jobs. I have a lot of respect for them because they work long, long hours before coming to training. I do work long hours but I enjoy my job and I have enough time to get a few hours of extra training in.
“But it is hard to juggle everything. We might finish training late one evening and I have to be up to see a client at 6am the following day. But the fact that I enjoy what I do helps with the early starts!”
Starting on Wednesday May 1, you can follow Rob’s bid to make the Wales Squad with his ‘World Cup’ diary online at www.wrexham.gov.uk.
Tickets for Wales vs. USA are available by calling 0844 847 2013 (24hrs) or online at www.rlwc2013.com/tickets .