Jordan Andrade prepares for Festival of Rugby League World Cups

Jordan Andrade.

Jordan Andrade.

On Twitter, Jordan Andrade describes himself as a semi-professional rugby league player and an all golds weapon technician in the Royal Air Force.

In short, his job in the the Air Force is to fix, maintain and service weapons and new explosives.

On the footy field, his role is to carry the ball forward and lead his team through the middle.

Not a bad combination. Neither is the mix of Army, Navy and Air Force players in the United Kingdom Armed Forces rugby league team according to the 25-year old.

The UK armed forces team is preparing for the Festival of Rugby League World Cups across western Sydney.

The tournament starts today and will feature games at New Era Stadium in Cabramatta on Sunday and Wednesday.

“We have a good mix of players who have played a lot together combined with a few exciting new caps,” Andrade told the Champion.

“We are looking forward to playing out at western Sydney. We have seen some photos of where we will be playing and the grounds look great.”

Andrade knows a thing or two about good rugby league venues.

For the past two years the man from Huddersfield has carried the trophy out on to the pitch in his RAF uniform for the Challenge Cup final at Wembley

Andrade, who played in the 2013 Armed Forces World Cup, also spent a season playing professionally with the Salford Red Devils in 2016.

The front rower said they were looking forward to facing Australia on Sunday at Cabramatta.

“It’s the best sporting rivalry in the world,” Andrade said of the England and Australia rivalry.

“The lads are excited to play in Australia. Everyone is wearing coats and jackets here but we are enjoying the Australian sun and wearing shorts.”

Rugby league runs in the Andrade family.

His sister Savannah put in a man of the match two try performance for the Bradford Bulls to help them reach the Challenge Cup final on July 30.

Now big brother is hoping to add to the trophy collection in the coming weeks as part of the Festival of World Cups which concludes on July 16.

Andrade said the service promoted sport as way to develop teamwork and become better military personal.

The trip hasn’t all been about rugby league.

Andrade and Armed Forces teammates visited the Sydney Children's Hospital in Randwick.

The former Newsome Panthers player also watched the Penrith Panthers take on Souths Sydney on Sunday led by countryman Sam Burgess.


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