Greenfield teenager helps make rugby history for Norway

A GREENFIELD lad has helped create a piece of sporting history in Norway.

Kristian Hilton

Kristian Hilton, 17, played for Norway in their first-ever rugby league match at U19 level against Serbia in Nannestad, 60km north of Oslo.

Though Norway lost 54-12, Kristian enjoyed his first taste of international rugby.

“It was all very new and the team is inexperienced and naive, but they will learn and improve the more games they played,” explained Kristian’s dad Matt.

The Saddleworth Rangers U18 scrum half qualifies because his mother Jannicke is Norwegian.

Kristian, a former pupil at St Anne’s, Lydgate and Saddleworth School, is studying at Greenhead College.

Kristian in action for Saddleworth Rangers

He has been playing at Rangers since the age of seven following in the footsteps of elder brother Thomas, 22, who also created history when he became the Norwegian senior team’s youngest-ever play as he was 16 years of age when he appeared for them in Malta.

When Jannicke came to the area she initially lived in Scouthead where she met the Haigh family.

Matt explained: “We were in the Three Crowns when Ray Hicks introduced my wife to Anne, who is also Norwegian, saying she lived round the corner.

“And since then the two families have become good friends.”


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