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Worrincy has no worries

IF you suggest to Rob Worrincy that he's a role model for young black players in sport he'll smile in a dismissive way.

The Sheffield Eagles winger is nothing if not laidback – but that doesn't mean he's not aware.

He says: "Racism is something that still happens in sport. In rugby league there are less incidents but I have had some encounters.

"I like to believe that people who say or do things to offend me are just people who lack an understanding or knowledge about other races, cultures and are just a bit worried or scared of what they don't understand. It's a human reaction and I try not to take too much offence or notice of these people both on, and off the field."

Worrincy isn't someone who believes in standing still and is always ready for the new challenge.

Born in Leeds but brought up in London he's not from the heartland of rugby league and came to the game relatively late.

But the 23-year-old is rated one of the fastest backs outside the Super League with a speciality in producing electrifying length-of-the-field interception tries.

Eagles coach Mark Aston says: "There's a buzz and excitement whenever Rob gets the ball, he's one of those players who you love to watch."

Worrincy's determination to make an impact in the game saw him join the Castleford Academy – where unlike Dwain Chambers he took the knocks and kept coming back.

He joined the Eagles and after helping the side to promotion to National League One in 2006 had a spell in rugby union at Doncaster before returning to Don Valley via the Super League at Hull FC.

Rob's family are from Nigeria and sport was given a priority when he and brother Michael – who plays for Harlequins rugby league club – were growing up.

Football was the first love until rugby came along.

Rob said: "I got into rugby at a very late age. It wasn't till my last year at secondary school that I took an interest thanks to a teacher named Stuart Hogg.

"At first I hated it and it was only because my brother enjoyed it that I wanted to stick at it. At that time we had a pretty fierce rivalry so I couldn't let him be better than me. We just played for the pure fun – it was our escape from a much urbanised 'growing up'."

Since becoming a professional Rob has been sponsored by LA Muscle products for athletes.

Rob said: "It gave me a chance to build on the attributes I already had – nurturing and guiding me along the way. LA Muscle and their 'Long Jack' has helped improve my strength as well as build some extra muscle."

A student in Leeds Rob was recently part of the Great Britain squad in the Student Rugby League World Cup in Australia.

He said: "Playing on an international level is an honour. I know there is more to come from me and with the right environment and support, hopefully I can make an impact in the top flight."

Sheffield Eagles were in action last night at Whitehaven in a game live on Sky Sports. The Eagles were looking to bounce back after a poor performance at Celtic Crusaders where they lost 42-6.

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