Rugby League: Forshaw's dreams come true
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
Wednesday 17 September 1997
The Bradford Bulls' second-row was named in both Great Britain's "train on" squad for the series against Australia and in the Dream Team based on form in Super League this season. That was despite the former Wigan, Wakefield and Leeds player not arriving at Odsal until May.
"To be honest, he has done even better than I thought he would," the Bulls' coach, Matthew Elliott, said. "He arrived as a player with a good work ethic, but there were one or two aspects of his game that needed attention and he addressed them immediately.
"I'm pleased and proud for him, but there is a lot of improvement left in him yet."
Forshaw only played a handful of first-team games for Saracens. "I went because I was fed up at Leeds at the time, but I didn't particularly enjoy it at Saracens," he said. "I think you have to be brought up in the game. When I arrived at Bradford, my only objective was to hold my place in the team. I think I have benefited from playing with such good players and maturing myself as a player."
Following Bradford's Premiership defeat by Castleford on Sunday, Forshaw is joined in Great Britain's cumulative squad by five of his Bulls team- mates. Leeds also have six in the squad, including the versatile young forward Terry Newton and the winger Paul Sterling, who has been enjoying an Indian summer at the age of 33.
The London Broncos' seasoned internationals, Shaun Edwards and Martin Offiah, are included, as are five players from Salford, who had such a good first season in Super League. The Dream Team is dominated by Bradford players, with another four alongside Forshaw.
- Dave Hadfield
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