Rugby League development officer in Sierra Leone, Magnus Campbell, is convinced that the sport can take off in the country.
Already, and in concert with Wales Rugby League, there have been sessions in schools and a growing interest at club level, and there is a real desire in the country to learn and improve.
“I am excited about the development of rugby league here,” said Campbell speaking from the capital Freetown.
“I will do all I can for Sierra Leone to be among the world rugby league nations, there is a lot to learn and pass on to achieve a good standard but the players here are very keen. We are open and ready for good coaching and training to improve this new sport in our nation that will impact lives.”
Campbell continued, “Sierra Leone was known as a violent nation due to our eleven year civil war which made mercenaries of so many young people and created a violent culture. It has always been the dream of young people here to be involved in activities that will engage them, especially sport.”
“Rugby league, with all its qualities and physical nature fits that perfectly and it is has drawn the attention of the national Government.”
Remond Safi, the Rugby League European Federation Middle East Africa Regional Director added, “There are exciting times ahead as the game begins to spread across MEA. I look forward to working with all our nations to take the sport to the next level in the region.”