A Greater Manchester Police apprentice is swapping his office role for the rugby field.
Nineteen-year old, Jimmy Connaughton from Rochdale has been selected to play in the GB Police Rugby League Team.
He will join 19 other squad members to represent the country against two teams in Vancouver, Canada from 18 September to 2 October.
The team will play against the Canadian Wolverines and the New Zealand Police Force.
Jimmy said: “It is a real honour to represent GMP and the country as part of team GB. I have been playing rugby since I was seven years old so going forward I am using all of my skills learnt over the years in the matches I will play.
“We have already started the season on some wins after playing a tough game against the Prison Service. I’m just hoping that we can draw on this success going forward for our matches in Canada.”
Jimmy has played rugby from an early age and teams he has played for include Rochdale Mayfield Amateur Rugby League team and Hopwood Hall College where he studied uniformed services.
Gareth Pratt, head coach, said: “James is a real asset to the team. He is a determined and skilful young man with a good rugby league background.
“He has been developing well at his local amateur club and since coming into the GB squad he has qualities I am looking for in a player. He has an excellent attitude and work ethic.
From my point of view young players like Jimmy add to the development of the squad.”