Bradford Bulls stars train with RAF team

Heath L'Estrange, (left) and Adrian Purtell (right) in the cockpit of a 41 Sqn Tornado GR4. Pictured MOD Crown Copyright
Heath L'Estrange, (left) and Adrian Purtell (right) in the cockpit of a 41 Sqn Tornado GR4. Pictured MOD Crown Copyright

Two members of the Bradford Bulls Super League team dropped in for training at RAF Coningsby.

Captain Heath L’Estrange and Adrian Purtell answered an invitation from Senior Aircraftman Daniel Gibbons, who met the stars at a recent charity ball.

SAC Gibbons, “I cheekily asked the question, whether they would like to come and train with us on the station, and they obliged!

“For an amateur such as myself it is a once in a lifetime chance to train with a couple of Super League professionals.

“As a rugby player in the RAF I get lots of opportunities, I get to travel and to play in some great stadiums, this is one of those great experiences.”

The two professionals took the RAF Coningsby Rugby League team for a training session on July 1.

Heath L’Estrange said: “They took to the training well and were eager to learn, they were physical and demonstrated some good skills, hopefully one day we can come back and do it all again.”

During the day long visit the two Australians also had an opportunity to get up close to some impressive RAF hardware, including a walk-around tour of both a Typhoon and Tornado aircraft.

Heath L’Estrange added: “It was an amazing experience to see what these guys work with on a daily basis; The Typhoon and the Tornado are awesome pieces of kit.”