Ex-Wigan Warriors forward Ben Flower joins up with Challenge Cup debutants

FORMER Wigan Warriors forward Ben Flower has joined up with the Challenge Cup debutants South Wales Jets ahead of their first game in the competition.

Also alongside Flower is ex-Toulouse Olympique hooker and Welsh international Lloyd White with the pair putting their brains together to help the new Welsh players prepare for their entry into rugby league’s most historic competition.

Based in the Welsh town of Pontypridd, the Jets were founded by Liam Price, a former rugby union prop, who spoke to the RFL website about how the venture came along.

Price discussed tough times and mental health struggles which took place during the COVID-19 pandemic, after he had been placed on furlough and had to become semi-retired from rugby union.

“When COVID-19 hit, it was a hard time for a lot of people. I was a workaholic and it felt like it was all being taken away,” Price said.

“I knew I wanted to get back into rugby somehow.”

“The idea was to start a social team, and we’d get together once or twice a year to have that social aspect back in our lives.”

Now the Jets will host West Yorkshire-based amateur side Stanningley in South Wales in the first round of the Challenge Cup.

Click here to purchase a digital edition of League Express.

Click here to purchase an online edition of League Express through pocketmags.com.

Click here to listen to our new League Express Podcast.

League Express is widely available from local newsagents across the north of England.