ELLIOT TOWNSEND: HULL UNI TO HULL FC RESERVES!
Bradford born Elliott Townsend has hit the sparks in amateur rugby playing for several teams in which he has proven to be a successful player in terms of what he brings to the table. Elliott moved to Hull while pursuing a degree at the University Of Hull whilst he continued to participate in rugby league.
Since Hull FC reintroduced a reserve grade at the start of this season, Townsend has recently been offered a chance to represent the Black And Whites after impressing with the University's rugby team.This move has also create new links between the coaching staff of Hull FC and the university of Hull rugby League club.
I asked Elliott the following questions about his journey and how he came around to representing Hull FC's reserve grade.
Where have you played prior to joining Hull Uni?
“ I have only played for a few teams in my time playing rugby league. I started at a small team Wibsey Warriors from the age of eight, then shortly followed by West Bowling my home club. I played university rugby at the University Of Hull for 4 years which has brought me to the present. Rugby league has taught me discipline, friendship, commitment, loyalty and hard work. I couldn’t see myself loving any other sport as much.
On occasion you was named stand-in captain for your university teams, how would you describe the experience of being a leader of the team?
“ I’ve not often been the captain of a team, so it was an interesting experience. Teammates tend to listen to whatever ideas you have more attentively when you are a captain whilst you also have the responsibility of communicating with the referee and the sideline and your mates to make sure every is moving smoothly. Respect the hard work captains have on their plates.
How did you sign for Hull FC reserves and what we're the requirements and goals both parties set for you signing on for the 2019 season?
“ I’ve known Richard Tate one of the assistant coaches for the reserves for a long time. He offered me an opportunity to play for the reserves to prove myself after an injury when I was 18. In terms of goals I’ve set myself and I’m sure Richard will agree my main focus is to do the best I can with the time and opportunity I have got. I’m currently really enjoying the experience which is what counts whilst also juggling a full time job teaching.
You have already played one match for Hull FC and with a Super League legend too, how did you find your debut and playing alongside Gareth Ellis?
“ The level of rugby was a challenging one but thoroughly enjoyable. It indicated areas where I was a little rusty and needed improving, fitness for example. Playing alongside Gareth was a great honour and it’s incredible how vocal he is on the field. He has an aura which stimulates teammates around him.
Following your Hull FC reserves debut, what are your personal aims and objectives for the season?
“ I’m just taking each game as it comes and training as hard as time allows. With games every two weeks and training once a week, there’s a lot of personal responsibility on myself to keep physically fit and motivated. The first two games have wet my appetite though and I look forward to the challenges of the year.
How would you describe your style of play?
“ I like to consider myself a pretty mobile forward. I can sometimes present some late footwork at the defensive line. My goal this year is to develop my lines of run and my physique and weight so that line breaks are more consistent as well as developing my passing in games to present more scoring opportunities.
Thank you Elliott for taking the time out to speak to us about your recent rugby opportunities. We wish Elliott and the reserves all the best for the remainder of the 2019 campaign!