day for deaf Burnham rugby player as he scores for England side
deaf Burnham-On-Sea Rugby Club player experienced a 'hugely proud
day' when he starred in the England deaf team against Bulgaria at
the weekend and scored his first international try.
McKen, 33, was born without hearing, but doesn't let that stop him
from excelling at the game.
scored the decisive try in Englands 38-25 win against the
hosts in Sofia on his return to the team at the weekend despite
was my first try for England, so it was an amazing feeling and there
was a brilliant atmosphere around the ground," he told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
explained that being deaf does have its challenges in playing the
game: "I don't hear the ref or players near me, so I rely on
my eyes to watch the game and react to to each situation efficiently
and quickly as possible."
a great sport that promotes enjoyment, respect, teamwork, discipline
said it was an "amazing feeling" to be picked for the
England team, even after earning his ninth cap.
have played since I was 18 and have lost count of how many games
Ive played for Burnham. If I have to guess its between
highlight, though, was last Saturday scoring a try against the international
team Bulgaria which is a cornerstone of England Deaf Rugby Union
because we normally play against other nation deaf teams but this
is the first non-deaf international team we have played against.
Also that was my first try for England and I was so proud of that."
were behind the scoreline until the last five minutes where our
resilience and determination finally paid off and broke their defence
several times to secure a fantastic win on an incredible hot day."
will be back in action for Burnham this weekend as the club travel
to Somerset Premier leaders Avon. He also runs the clubs Under-7s
section and is keen to try and encourage more youngsters into the