Michael Lawrence says black coach warned he would not be wanted in England set-up

Huddersfield Giants players Michael Lawrence, Ashton Golding and Jordan Turner opened up to Sky Sports about their experiences of racism, and how the Black Lives Matter movement can have a lasting impact

Huddersfield Giants back row Michael Lawrence says he knew when he was a boy that he faced an uphill battle to get international recognition as a black rugby league player.

Huddersfield academy graduate Lawrence, and team-mates Ashton Golding and Jordan Turner, opened up to Sky Sports in a short film about their experiences of racism and the barriers they have overcome in their bids to forge a career in the sport.

Lawrence played for England's feeder team, England Knights, before eventually becoming a full international with Jamaica in 2019 after more than a decade as a Huddersfield player.

"I've been picked and played for Yorkshire when they used to have camps and I was selected for a national camp," Lawrence told Sky Sports as he reflected on his early experiences in the sport.

"My coach at the time was black. I was still very young and I was the only black guy out of 40 players that got selected for the national camp, trying to make the England team. ราคาบอลไหล

"He (my coach) must have experienced it whilst he was playing himself - he was an ex-professional.

"He was like, 'I don't know if you know it or not but you're going to have to work twice as hard as anyone at that camp because, I don't know if you know it or not, but you're black and they don't want you in that England team.

"That's what he told me when I was 14 years old. He was like, 'they don't want you there and you're going to have to be 10 times better than anyone else that's on that field to get in that side'.

"That's something that has stuck with me."

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