Growth And Patriotism Inspiring Hungary In ENWC

When you talk to players from the Hungarian camp certain themes begin to emerge; pride, heritage and development.

Although there are many players within this Hungarian side that were born and raised in Australia, the connection to their heritage is a crucial part of their involvement in this tournament.

When Hungarian Rugby League first launched their Australian heritage team back in 2016, they had to work along side the Polish Exiles, Poland's heritage team, to field a full contingent of players.

This was was only 2 years ago at the Cabramatta 9's, now Hungary boast a full roster or homegrown and heritage players ready to tackle the Rugby League Emerging Nations World Championship.

Hungary heritage star Shane Stevens spoke highly of his call up to the Hungarian national squad stating "it's a massive honour because a lot of us Australian based players have family from there, like my grandfather who was born and raised over there so it's a massive achievement and it makes our families really proud.”

“It's a massive opportunity, especially for the Hungarian based players who have flown out for this tournament, it'll give them more exposure to the game and help them go back over and develop the game in Hungary.”

Simon Kalafusz, who has played 5 tests for Hungary, echoed his teammates' thoughts, saying "When I went over last year to Tatabánya I went to visit my family and to tell them I'm playing for Hungary is a massive achievement and I just hope I'm making them proud and my grandfather proud too.”

Hungary kick off their tournament in Pool B on the 1st of October at Windsor Park against Greece, sponsorship for Hungary is still available so if you or your company would like to be affiliated with the team, send an email to zsolt.lukacs@hrlf.hu for more info.

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