Rhinos duo are on the charge after international call-ups

Amber Longhurst and Scott Mills. Picture: Ian Hargreaves
Amber Longhurst and Scott Mills. Picture: Ian Hargreaves
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Two talents from Fareham Rhinos have charged their way into the Great Britain set-up.

Amber-Rose Longhurst, 17, and Scott Mills, 26, impressed the selectors in recent trials.

Rhinos team-mate Elle Jones also attended the trials but narrowly missed out on a place in the squad.

Longhurst, from Hayling Island, and Mills, from Warsash, will represent their country at the European Tchoukball Championships – to be held in Radevormwald, Germany, from July 30 to August 2.

For the duo, it’s a huge opportunity that has come unexpectedly.

Longhurst said: ‘It’s only been in the last year that I have seen a massive improvement in my game as I’ve matured and grown.

‘It is definitely a game where you need to grow and learn from experience.

‘For example, you may see a new player come in who has great potential but you can tell their lack of experience.

‘A bunch of players went up to the trials and, out of about 30 girls, only 10 were selected.

‘When I got the phone call from Helen Norman, the GB coach, I was ecstatic to have been selected.

‘My first team GB outing will be out in Germany, so it is something that I am really looking forward to.’

It has also been a quick rise in the sport for Scott.

Until recently he mainly focused on football, cricket and rugby.

He’s been surprised by his rapid impact since he started playing tchoukball.

Mills said: ‘I only started last year. Before that I was playing football, rugby and cricket and my manager at work invited me to train with him.

‘I just fell in love with the game straight away and it has been a pretty crazy year for me.

‘It started off that I was playing for both the Fareham Rhinos and the Guildford side and a few of the team GB coaches had seen me.

‘They then invited me along to a few training sessions.

‘And I passed all the fitness tests and got offered a place on the squad.

‘It seems like they were looking to a new fresh crop of athletic players, which hopefully I fit the bill.’