17th December 2004



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A student from the University of Lincoln competed for a Scotland rugby league team against Australia last weekend.


Dan Beardshaw, a third-year Design student and captain of the University of Lincoln rugby league team, was part of a Scotland student rugby league side which took on the Australian student team as part of the Australian students’ tour.


Dan’s team lost the match, which was the first played by Australia in Scotland since December 1911, when the full teams drew 11-11. Last weekend’s match saw Scotland lose 26-6 in a hard fought encounter.


The Australian team arrived at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh with a full-strength squad including renowned full-back and captain Brendon Reeves.


Dan said: “We matched them until half-time, when the score was 6-2 but in the second half the strength and stamina of the Aussies really showed.”


This game was something of a historical meeting, not just because it was the Aussies’ first appearance on Scottish soil in 93 years at any level of rugby league, but also because the match took place at Raeburn Place which is where the first ever Scottish international rugby match took place in March 1871, when Scotland beat England.


Athletic Union & Societies President Phil Bell said: “This is a great personal achievement for Dan. He has represented Scotland on many occasions but I don’t think any bigger than Australia.


“The AU is fully behind Dan and we will support him all the way.”


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For more information contact:

Matt Cross, Assistant Press Officer

(01522) 886625                                   mcross@lincoln.ac.uk

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