AN ARMY officer showed his prowess on the pitch when he helped a Yorkshire Regiment rugby league side score a victory over the German national team.
The Germans, whose national team was formed in 2004, were using the match at Altendorf, near Frankfurt, to practise for their upcoming season - but received a drubbing when they were beaten 66-28.
Second Lieutenant Tom Rylands, 22, from the Hope Valley, took time out from training for deployment to Afghanistan to join members of First Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment for the match.
It kicked off with national anthems for each team from a live band, and was watched by a crowd including the local mayor.
Tom said: “It was a real surprise to get such a convincing victory over them - we knew they had a lot of strong lads, and would be a disciplined side, but we’ve got a lot of talented lads as well, so I am really pleased with how we did.
“The score line was a bit flattering to us, we took our chances and they were missing a few of their key players, so we have invited them for a return match at our barracks in Munster where they will hopefully have their full strength team.”
Tom, who is a platoon commander with 1 Yorks, added: “It was a great day with a band, a crowd of over 150 people, and beer and burgers after the match.
“I‘m proud we’re increasing the game’s profile in Germany.”