Bulldogs centre Tomlinson aiming to help Jamaica create history by qualifying for World Cup

Batley Bulldogs centre Keenan Tomlinson is aiming to help Jamaica make rugby league history when they face the United States in a World Cup qualifier in Jacksonville on Saturday.
Batley Bulldogs centre Keenan Tomlinson is aiming to help Jamaica make rugby league history when they face the United States in a World Cup qualifier in Jacksonville on Saturday.

Batley Bulldogs centre Keenan Tomlinson is hoping to play a part in Jamaican rugby league history as the Reggae Warriors bid to reach the 2021 World Cup in England.

aica defeated Canada 38-8 in Jacksonville, USA, on Tuesday afternoon.

They will now meet the United States at Jacksonville’s Hodges Stadium this Saturday with the winners becoming the 11th team to qualify for the World Cup in three years’ time.

United States booked a date with Jamaica when they convincingly beat new boys Chile 62-0.

Tomlinson started 11 games for the Bulldogs in his debut season and made a further two appearances from the bench and scored four tries.

He has already penned a new deal to remain at the club in 2019 but his call-up to the Jamaica national squad has delayed him joining back up with his Bulldogs’ teammates at the start of pre-season training.

Joel Farrell — who played 20 games for the Bulldogs last season, scoring three tries — also featured in Jamaica’s win over Canada.

The second rower is one of four Batley players who have left the Bulldogs to join Championship rivals Sheffield Eagles, with Patch Walker, hooker James Davey and centre Jason Crookes also moving to the South Yorkshire outfit.