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#1   2014/12/23 09:39PM
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In 2001, Iestyn left Leeds, and indeed rugby league, to make the great step across into realms of Welsh Rugby Union, with Cardiff. The move was certainly no spur of the moment decision, for the notion to do so had always been at the back of his mind, and in fact had had overtures made to him at the time he had transferred from Warrington to Leeds, but had chosen, then, to remain in league.

The knowledge that his grandfather had missed out on selection for Wales, at union, by moving north to join Oldham, in 1946, was something of which Iestyn had always been quite mindful, despite his grandfather’s representation of Wales in rugby league, and the removal of the barriers between the two sports, in 1995, enabled him Juventus Pirlo jersey to go some way to setting the record straight on grandfather’s behalf.

It was the Welsh Rugby Union, on their second attempt, who made initial contact again with both Iestyn and Leeds Rhinos, and this time their advances held rather more appeal to him with Liverpool jersey 2015 a three and a half year contract and the opportunity to play in the Six Nations and the Rugby Union World Cup. A fee was shortly agreed between the two clubs, though, even then, Iestyn knew that he would want to return to league eventually, to finish his career.

What he was totally unaware of, however, was that there was some unrest between the WRU and the Welsh clubs, which led to the league competition being decimated from nine down to four clubs. Meanwhile, the Heineken Cup was just starting to come to fruition, and he found a backdrop of disjointedness about things.

Consequently, with that, and the fact that everything about what is an extremely complex game was completely new to him, it is little wonder that he struggled to find any form in that first year. He feels the learning process was hampered, somewhat, by the sheer volume of information that was being thrust at him, and he is of the belief that this is the overriding problem with which a number of league converts have had to contend.

Things started to look up in 2002 when present All Blacks’ Head Coach, Steve Hansen, took over for Wales, and he had the happy knack of being able to pick out the absolute essentials, and demonstrate their relevance in the context of a game. Armed with this more manageable bundle of information, Iestyn was able to make more sense of the strategies and tactics, in which he was involved, and he was rewarded with a sharp upturn in his form.

Looking back on his time in union, Iestyn says that 2003 World Cup has pride of place in his memory. The whole build up, the time during the tournament, and even the period after it had finished, brought with it exceptional and unparalleled levels of scrutiny. Progress through to the quarter-finals brought the Welsh side up against eventual winners, England, in Melbourne.

As may be remembered, Wales ran up a seven point lead with twenty minutes to go, only for the introduction of Mike Catt to change the dynamics of the whole game, and it was England who progressed on to glory. This experience, alongside three Six Nations appearances and thirty international caps made for a great return on his foray into the fifteen man code.

The slightly disappointing part for him, though, was the club rugby, which turned out to be quite sporadic, as a result of their habit of resting top players ahead of internationals and top club encounters, such as the Heineken Cup matches. Iestyn was used to Super League, in which players Barcelona Nermar JR jersey turned out week after week, regardless of against whom their forthcoming opponents or fixtures happened to be. Understandably, he found this change quite frustrating, particularly at a time when he was really needing as much game-time as possible in order to master the exigencies of the code.

At the end of his time in South Wales, Iestyn had the choice of clubs, between Leeds and Bradford, for his planned return to league. There was even an interest from Warrington, at one stage, but it was the local rivalry between the Yorkshire clubs which was prominent in tasking his decision making skills. In the end, he says it was the realisation that he could do more for Bradford which swayed him in that direction, Leeds already having the services of up and coming half backs, Rob Burrow and Danny McGuire.

The thing which struck him upon his return, however, was the vast amount of progress that Super League had made over his three and a half years’ absence. Where he had expected simply to slot in at the point at which he had left off in 2001, he found that he had to work hard to bring himself up to speed with everyone, his body having changed to suit the requirements of union, and his game instincts still littered with those recently instilled in him. Half back is a key role in any side, and there are considerable differences there between the two codes, so it required another twelve months adjustment, for him to return to peak form.

Nevertheless, with his services to inspire the already prolific talents within the Bulls’ side, success was never far away, and they went on to win through to the Grand Final, against winners Leeds, in 2004, returning to lift the trophy the following year.

Sadly, signs of Bradford’s future financial woes were beginning to show within the club, as the recruitment selection started to fail to match the quality of those players who were leaving, and the club was a very different place from the one he had joined, by the time he came to move on, three years later, at the age of 32.

Despite the offer of a further three year, Super League contract, elsewhere, Iestyn knew that he Real Madrid James jersey did not want to be playing still, at the age of 35, to which age that would have taken him, and so chose to retire. His final Super League match was away at Castleford, which the Bulls won and in which Iestyn marked the occasion with a try of his own.

He did extend his time as a player by a further six months with Featherstone, as player coach under Daryl Powell, which he enjoyed, and which set him up for the next stage of his career, into coaching.

This Coming Saturday, Iestyn Looks Back On His International Career, And Move Into Coaching


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