3rd July 2018, 09:30 | ChallengeCup
Catalans Dragons’ Jodie Broughton grew up watching Rugby League; from watching his father in the stands with his mates, to training with Milford at 13, Broughton is hoping to catapult the Dragons into the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final.
His side will face St Helens at the home of Bolton Wanderers Football Club, Macron Stadium, in a double header which will see Warrington Wolves take on Leeds Rhinos, the two winners will then go head to head for the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup at Wembley Stadium.
Catalans survived a scare in Round 5 of the Challenge Cup against Betfred League 1 side York City Knights, however, late tries by Broughton and Greg Bird secured their place in the next round.
Broughton’s Challenge Cup form has seen him score four tries in three games, a hat-trick against Whitehaven as the French side romped to a 56-10 victory, before they beat Huddersfield Giants in the quarter-finals.
67' Jodie Broughton signe le hat-trick suite à une superbe passe sautée de Josh Drinkwater— Dragons Catalans (@DragonsOfficiel) May 12, 2018
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Broughton hasn’t featured for Catalans since the end of May after sustaining an injury, he says he will be back for the Challenge Cup semi-finals.
“I’m two weeks away, I have to be a bit cautious because I had neck/spinal injury at the end of last year.
“So, I have to make sure I’m 100% fit before I come back – I’ll be available for selection,” insisted Broughton.
Broughton learnt the fundamentals of Rugby League off his father and through his school, at 13-years-old he joined club side Milford.
Milford used Queens’ facilities before his team changed their name from Milford to Queens, a Leeds and District team founded in 1968, which currently play in the Pennine Premier Division.
Queens were knocked out of the Challenge Cup at the first hurdle by Cumbrian side Distington this year, but once made it to the third round in 2009 where they lost to Doncaster.
The importance of The Challenge Cup is integral to community clubs around the UK and is a great opportunity to play against Super League sides as part of #OurCup: “It’s massive, especially if you have a good run.
“It could be a big piece of history for the clubs and probably for a lot of the players who’ve never played at that sort of level against such a good team.
“It’s massive because it gives people hope and opportunity,” said Broughton.
Broughton has earned his opportunities, he studied a degree in Quantity Surveying whilst playing rugby and now lives in the south of France, a new culture and a new opportunity for Broughton.
“Things like going to the supermarket and trying to translate what each piece of vegetable is, just asking for spring onions or peppers was hard.
“It took a while the first few times I went, but it forces you to learn the language.
“I always say I speak French like Borat speaks English, I’m probably not saying it the right way but you kind of get an idea of what I am saying,” the former England Knights winger said.
Broughton will be hoping for the opportunity to face St Helens at Macron Stadium at the beginning of August, Catalans fans will be seeking their first visit to Wembley since 2007, a 13-year-old at Milford to a 30-year-old at Wembley.
The Challenge Cup is #OurCup:“It gives people hope and opportunity!”