Anselme hoping to unlock untapped potential
Former French Rugby League international Eric Anselme is the mastermind behind a new online application that will allow young players and coaches to show off their talent and potential to the global game.
It has been a historic year for Rugby League with Toronto and London battling it out for a place in Super League, Toulouse testing themselves against the elite and Catalans Dragons famous win at Wembley and Anselme believes he has the tool that could unlock a talent pathway for clubs to spot talent in these new markets.
Anselme, who played for Leeds Rhinos and Halifax in Super League, has launched the application with the Rhinos becoming one of the first users of the system.
The former forward revealed the concept behind his development. He revealed, “The App is a concept I have come up with from my experience. When I was a young Rugby League player in France my dream was to get a professional contract in England or Australia but it is hard for kids who are passionate about the sport to get the chance to be seen by those clubs.
“There are a lot of players dreaming of a professional career but they get caught in the shadows as don’t have the chance to be seen. The MyRookie app, which can be accessed at www.myrookie.io,is a chance for these young players with talent to be able to create their own profile online and be spotted by professional clubs and have a chance to reach their dream.
“And it is not just players from outside of the games heartlands who can take advantage of the App. All the Super League clubs have many players in their Academy structures but naturally not all of them will make it into the first team squad. MyRookie allows them to showcase their talents with clubs able to search for players by position and other characteristics to meet their requirements, it is a LinkedIn for Rugby League,” added Anselme.
Anselme, who was capped 29 times by France, says there is tremendous potential for French talent. He currently coaches his former team at Albi and has been keen to promote young talent, sending young players to Leeds Rhinos Academy to continue their progress already this season.
He added, “This season a young player called Baptiste Fabre came over to train with the Rhinos and he impressed the club. Fortunately I have a connection with the club and can promote these players but not every player is that fortunate. MyRookie enables them to showcase their talent and improve their game by competing in stronger competitions.
“It is not just French players. Young players in Samoa or North America or even somewhere like Serbia, where the game is growing can use MyRookie,” added Anselme.
France will take on England this Wednesday night at Leigh and Anselme to cap an incredible season for the game in France. The Dragons win at Wembley, Toulouse’s resurgence and Morgan Escare and Romain Navarrete helping Wigan to the Grand Final are all signs of the strength of the thirteen man code across the Channel. Looking ahead to Wednesday’s game, Anselme said, “I think there is a great momentum about the Dragons winning the Challenge Cup. They have been working really hard for the last ten years and they made great progress in getting through the politics around the game in France with the media and the authorities. The standard in the French Championship has however dipped in recent years because of the number of young players we are able to attract to the game. Rugby Union has a big pull because of the opportunities it can over but hopefully MyRookie will show those young players that Rugby League too can offer them a chance of becoming a professional rugby player.”