12th October 2017, 06:00
Fans favourite Fozard heads down under with the Dragons
Sheffield Eagles fans have had a lot of favourites over the years.
From the likes of Mark Aston and Paul Broadbent to more recent times with Quentin Laulu-Togagae and Menzie Yere, the Eagles supporters know a good, 100% man when they see one.
Matty Fozard is certainly another player in that bracket.
The hooker joined from St Helens in 2016 and has certainly made his mark in the Red and Gold, to the extent that he’s nailed down a place in the Wales squad for the upcoming World Cup.
After loan spells at Batley Bulldogs and Rochdale Hornets, Fozard finally got permanent game time with Sheffield and over the past two years he has played 64 games and scored 20 tries.
‘Fozzy’ will be wanting to add to his five caps for the Dragons and he looks set to do just that after Lloyd White withdrew from the squad last month.
His consistent performances in the Championship haven’t gone under the radar of Wales coach John Kear, who will be wanting to see similar showings from the former Saint.
With Fozard not on the Eagles’ released list, it looks like he will be donning the Red and Gold for a third consecutive season and that will delight the supporters.
But not after he goes on a World Cup journey, in which Wales will find it hard against Aston’s Ireland, Papua New Guinea - potentially featuring Garry Lo - and Fiji.
After the Wales squad was announced, Kear told the media: "I'm really happy with the squad that I've got for the tournament,”
"We've had withdrawals - some because of injury and some for personal reasons - but the lads who are going are showing a great deal of desire to represent their country.
"I'm pretty certain that they will perform at this World Cup on the biggest stage. It's a great opportunity.
"We've not won a World Cup match since 2000. We didn't qualify for the 2008 World Cup and we didn't win in 2013.
"It's a long time between World Cup wins but we're unbeaten in six matches and the main goal is to get that first win. There's then nothing to say that we can't get out of the group and make the quarter-finals."
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By Dan Fowler