Rob Massam has become only the 19th Wales Rugby League international to score 200 first class tries.
The 200 first class tries list has long since been a badge of honour for players, ever since it was first published in the book “Gone North: Volume 2” by Robert Gate in 1988.
Since then, just two more have been added to that list – Phil Ford and Anthony Sullivan, and Massam’s inclusion brings the total up to 19 Welsh internationals, and the often-quoted “less than 20 Welsh players to have scored 200 tries” may soon be redundant.
Massam scored his 200th whilst playing for North Wales Crusaders against Oldham today at Stadiwm CSM in Colwyn Bay.
This try was his 166th for Crusaders. He also scored 33 for Rochdale Hornets, plus one for Wales in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup (pictured). He previously played community rugby league for Chester Gladiators.
“I’m buzzing,” Massam said. “I’ve been involved with the club for a long time so this is a huge career milestone for me.
“To be on the same list as many of Wales Rugby League’s great players is something to be proud of. I’m incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity all those years ago to start playing professional rugby league.”
Rhys Williams could be the next to reach the magic 200. His career total of 191 includes a record 22 for Wales, 158 in the English league system, plus 11 for Central Queensland Capras in the Queensland Cup.
Here’s a famous Rob Massam hat-trick from two years ago…
💪 An eye-catching hat-trick from @robmassampt!
— Rugby Football League (@TheRFL) June 11, 2021