RUGBY LEAGUE: Baird's Ireland bid

First published in Sport Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter specialising in Rugby, Cricket and Athletics. Call me on 01865 425456

NEW Oxford Rugby League recruit JJ Baird hopes to boost his international claims after signing for the club.

Baird, 24, represented Ireland at student and A level before moving to Oxford from Antrim Eels.

“My ambition is to play as many games for Oxford as possible and to be involved with the Irish A team set-up again,” he said.

A centre or second row in rugby league, Baird is keeping fit by playing on the wing for rugby union side Oxford Harlequins.

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