Beesley relishing England opportunity

Southsea Nomads rugby player Aaron Beesley has been selected for England Deaf.  Picture: Allan Hutchings (14157-183)
Southsea Nomads rugby player Aaron Beesley has been selected for England Deaf. Picture: Allan Hutchings (14157-183)
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Southsea Nomads centre Aaron Beesley is set to win his first cap for England Deaf Rugby when he lines up at Cardiff Arms Park against Wales.

The 25 year old has been selected as a replacement and is hoping that he gets the chance to play a part next weekend.

It is an exciting prospect for Beesley, who has been with Nomads for four seasons.

He said: ‘I am thrilled and can’t wait.

‘It is all a bit surreal at the moment and the chance to play at a famous rugby venue is exciting.

‘A few of my friends have played for the England Deaf team before and they had put my name forward.

‘I was called up for trials at Kettering last weekend and did well enough to get in the squad which was announced on Wednesday.

‘It will be an amazing experience.’

Beesley qualifies for the England Deaf team because of an injury he picked up playing rugby when he was 14 years old.

A severe blow, when playing for Hertford Colts, left him completely deaf in one ear.

Players in the England squad have varying degrees of hearing disability which the team need to adapt to.

‘We have a lady who comes in and signs for players at training sessions, team meetings, and at half-time,’ said Beesley.

England Deaf Rugby Union was set up in 2003.

It was then recognised that there were quite a few deaf and hard of hearing players who would like the opportunity to represent their country.

England were not represented in the first ever Deaf Rugby World Championships which was held in New Zealand back in 2002.

That led to a change of plan, so EDRU set up a team to compete.

Beesley joined Nomads four years ago after moving into the area.

He has developed into a hard-hitting, hard-tackling centre – qualities which the England set-up recognised.

Nomads are very proud of his achievement and a number of Beesley’s team-mates and club members will be travelling to Cardiff to support him.

Rugby is obviously a passion for Beesley as during the summer he plays rugby league for Brighton-based Sussex Merlins.

During the winter though he remains fully committed to Nomads.

‘Nomads is a great family club, commited to its two rugby teams and very social,’ said Beesley.

‘I would recommend it to anyone looking to play rugby in the area.’