Southsea Nomads centre Aaron Beesley is set to win his first cap for England Deaf Rugby when he lines up at Cardiff Arms Park against Wales this coming Sunday (26th January 2014) - writes Kevin Ricketts of the Portsmouth News (picture by Allan Hutchings).


The 25-year-old has been selected as a replacement and is hoping that he gets the chance to play a part in the match this weekend.


It is an exciting prospect for Beesley, who has been with Southsea Nomads for four seasons.


He said, "I am thrilled and can't wait.


"It is all a bit surreal at the moment and the chance to play at a famous rugby venue is exciting.


"A few of my friends have played for the England Deaf team before and they had put my name forward.


"I was called up for trials at Kettering last weekend and did well enough to get in the squad which was announced on Wednesday.


"It will be an amazing experience."


Beesley qualifies for the England Deaf team because of an injury he picked up playing rugby when he was 14 years old.


A sever blow, when playing for Hertford Colts, left him completely deaf in one ear.


Players in the England squad have varying degrees of hearing disability which the team need to adapt to.


"We have a lady who comes in and signs for players at training sessions, team meetings, and at half-time," he added.


Beesley joined the Snows Group Hampshire Division Two club four years ago after moving into the area.


He has developed into a hard-hitting, hard-tackling centre - qualities which the England set-up recognised.


The Southsea-based club are very proud of his achievement and a number of his team-mates and club members will be travelling to Cardiff to support him.



Rugby is obviously a passion for Beesley (pictured), as during the summer he plays rugby league for Brighton-based Sussex Merlins.


During the winter, however, he remains fully committed to Nomads.


"Nomads is a great family club, committed to its two rugby teams and very social," he said.


"I would recommend it to anyone looking to play rugby in the area."


Beesley is one of a number of Hampshire-based players who have represented the England Deaf team.  Nick Todd, who will be sat alongside Beesley in Cardiff next week, is now at Aylesbury but learned his game with Petersfield while Fareham Heathens prop Chris Veale played for the national side a number of years back.

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