Rochdale News | Sports News | Whitworth student embarks on rugby career

Date published: June 21, 2022

A rugby career could open up for 14-year-old Noah Wilde after he was scouted by Wigan Warriors Rugby League Club while playing for Rochdale Mayfield.

The Whitworth Community High School pupil, who has been playing the sport since the age of 10, now hopes Wigan, which has a reputation for encouraging youngsters to take up the sport, will help him achieve his dream.

Noah, from Whitworth, said: “I played football for about three years but quit when I moved house.

“My stepdad then introduced me to rugby and took me to a game and I really enjoyed it. I played for the Rochdale Rugby Union and then started playing rugby with the Waterhead Warriors in Oldham »

Last season Noah played as a loose forward for Rochdale Mayfield at Castleton because it was a bit closer to home.

He said: “It was good there and our coach warned us that there would be scouts watching us play and I was scouted.

“I was watched throughout the game and at the end they sat me down with my mum and dad and said I could go to a few training sessions with Wigan Warriors and from there, I was chosen.

“I now go there every week on Monday and Wednesday evenings and hope to get a scholarship to the academy and play for the first or second team.”

He admitted it was a surprise to hear he had been selected and said: “You don’t really think this is going to happen to you. The scout told me to keep enjoying my rugby and he would be interested to see what I could do in the future.

“I know they are also watching your behavior, on and off the pitch, including at school.

“I think it will be a turning point for me, both in the way I am at school and in my life. I realize that I have to be at my best in school because it’s a real opportunity for me.

Noah said his parents are excited about his future and want him to succeed. He intends to work hard and hopefully get a scholarship to Wigan Warriors Academy.

Ruth J. Leeds