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Rugby League - Brunel player to watch 17/11/2015

Ahead of Brunel Rugby Leagues featured match under the flood lights vs Reading, find out all you need to know about star player Ibrahim Kabia. Don’t forget to follow @bucssport and @brunelstudents to see how he gets on in the 6pm kick off.

Vital Details:

Name: Ibrahim Kabia

Sport: Rugby League

Course and year of study: Business Studies and Sport Sciences 3rd year

Club: London Skolars

Biggest honour within Rugby League?

Playing in the Challenge Cup against Sheffield was a great moment for me as the cup is such a prestigious tournament.

What do you hope to achieve over the next few years within RL, both as a student and once you have graduated?

As a student I aim to play for the England student team. Outside of university I would like to play at a high level English league and establish myself as a good player within that league.

What is the best thing about competing for Brunel in #BUCSWednesday’s?

The best thing about competing for Brunel usually occurs towards the end of the season when you realise just how far the team has come from its beginnings at Fresher’s Fayre. I put this down to the great coaching alongside the excellent facilities at each individual’s disposal if they wish to improve.

You play at a high level outside of University, how does the standard differ between your university fixtures and your club fixtures? And is the atmosphere from the crowd different?

The standard differs quite a bit as I have played in the third tier in England, but the teams at university level can be very similar so it always makes for a good game. The atmosphere on regular game days is alright but there are no words to describe the crowd atmosphere at varsity, hands down the best atmosphere I have ever played rugby in. 

One thing unique to university athletes is managing the demands of university work on top of training and playing demands. Do you find it hard to manage your study with your training/playing commitments? And how have Brunel helped with this?

At times it does get difficult when the workload piles on but one of the most important methods that Brunel use to combat that is the short proximity from where you train and where you learn. All training facilities are a short walk away from the library which leaves little room for excuses.

What has been the highlight of your Brunel sporting career so far?

My highlight would be when we won the Brunel Team of the Year award in 2013 because with so many good teams at Brunel that is a difficult honour to earn.

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