Bradford Bulls captain Andy Lynch is eager to impress former coach Steve McNamara to warrant selection for England in the Garry Purdham memorial match on Sunday October 3 at Whitehaven’s Recreation Ground.
The Bulls prop was one of four Bradford players to be named in Steve McNamara’s initial fall-out squad for the Four Nations tournament in Australia and New Zealand this autumn.
Before they travel Down Under, the England side will be playing in a memorial match against Cumbria with all proceeds from the match going to the young family of Garry Purdham, who tragically lost his life in June.
“It will be a great honour to be selected for the Garry Purdham memorial match against Cumbria in October,” said Lynch.
“I know his brother Rob, and it would mean a lot to be part of such a special tribute to the memory of Garry. Rob will be captaining the Cumbria side and I would love to play against him in the commemorative game.
“The match will pay great homage to Garry Purdham and his family.”
The late back-rower’s three former clubs, Egremont Rangers, Whitehaven and Workington Town, have formed a committee to organise the match and Lynch knows how much this game means to the area.
“Cumbria is a breeding ground for Rugby League talent, so to play such a remarkable game in the county will be great for the area,” said the Bulls prop. “I hope that lots of people will come and support the match.