Rochdale Rugby Union Football Club is delighted to note the selection of former player Daniel Kelly for Eddie Jones’s latest England squad of players.
Daniel started playing rugby at Rochdale at the age of 6. He is currently playing professional rugby union in the Rugby Premiership with Leicester Tigers. Daniel’s father, Daniel Kelly Senior, a coach at Rochdale RUFC, is understandably delighted with this news and said on behalf of the Kelly family: “We are very excited and truly delighted by this news. We could not be prouder of what Daniel has already achieved in his career to date and thrilled by the further opportunity we hope this presents go on to play at the very highest level and compete with the very best. It’s a great early 20th birthday present for Daniel”.
Rochdale Rugby Union Chairman Iain Coates said: “This is fantastic news for Daniel and very well deserved. Daniel is a shining example of the quality of coaching and rugby education that the hundreds of local youngsters enjoy from the dedicated volunteer coaching staff at Rochdale when playing every week in our Mini & Juniors section. Daniel is the epitome of what hard work, dedication and keenness to play can achieve. He is also a lovely lad who helps us at Rochdale whenever asked.
On behalf of all at Rochdale RUFC we wish him every continued success both in the coming months with the England squad and in his future rugby career. As the Club prepares for its 100th anniversary this summer, this is absolutely wonderful news and a tremendous way to kick off our celebratory centenary season”. On behalf of all at Rochdale RUFC we send our congratulations to Daniel on achieving this milestone in his career. This goes to show that our young players dreams of playing at the highest level really can come true.