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Oldest-ever Super League player Steve Menzies to make English playing return

Steve Menzies

Former Bradford Bulls player and Rugby League legend Steve Menzies will make a playing return in England later this month at the age of 50.

Menzies spent all of his NRL career with Manly Sea Eagles barring a short stint with the Northern Eagles, who were a merger of Manly and the North Sydney Bears. During his time down under, he made 349 appearances and scored an impressive 180 tries.

Super League got to see his talents for five years as well with Menzies joining Bradford Bulls for the 2009 season before linking up with Catalans Dragons. He would play 128 games during his time in England and France, becoming the oldest player in Super League history as he played just three months shy of his 40th birthday.

Now, aged 50, he will return to England and play in an international Touch Football clash as he features for the Australian Over-50s national team at the World Cup.

Steve Menzies returns to England a decade after retiring

Steve Menzies oldest Super League player

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The Australian Emu’s touch football squads for the World Cup later this month was announced back in February and the side that Steve Menzies is in has some familiar names, as do plenty of the other age groups.

With Menzies having only turned 50 in December, he is of course a debutant in the squad but he’s also not the only former NRL star to take to the touch football field.

Current Leigh Leopards head coach Adrian Lam has represented Papua New Guinea internationally before whilst Benji Marshall is another huge name to have swapped tackling for touch.

The tournament is set to start on the 15th of July and will run to the 2pth with the fixtures for Steve Menzies’ team confirmed. They will play seven games before potentially progressing to the quarter-finals with the Gold Medal match taking place on July 20th.

England’s Over-50 team will play their first game on July 15th and face off against Steve Menzies’ side on July 18th.

It will be hosted in Nottingham and there will be a total of 13 categories varying in age and gender with 190 teams represented. England will be represented in all 13 age and gender groups.

For more information on the World Cup at the University of Nottingham, click here.

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