After Track and American Football, Dwain Chambers Gives Rugby a Try

sam langleyCorrespondent IApril 26, 2008

Sam Langley

Is there a possibility of having the same athlete competing in numerous Olympics, playing in the Super League for a club in turmoil and also having time to head over the pond to America for a little hand in American Football? Surely not...

Well this is the case for mixed fortunes star Dwain Chambers.

In 2008, the British sprinter decided to take on a completely different role and take trials at Rugby League outfit Castleford tigers. The reaction: Not one to be reckoned with.

Everyone thought this was a "step too far", an impossible dream that would soon come crashing to the ground. However, the sprinter and former American football player has begun to make the dream more of a reality, after having reviews which were very encouraging towards his progress.

Dwain began his career as a 100-meter sprinter. Following a really promising childhood, Dwain started to move up the athletic ladder, and after accolades in the 2002 European Championships and helping guide the Great Britain team to the 4x100m relay gold, Chambers looked a potential superstar.

When the awards are rolling in, and the press are knocking at your door every second, the thing to do is remain doing your best, and not take anabolic steroids.

If only Dwain had listened to this. He took the drugs and paid the penalty for it, being stripped of money, medals and most of all, his dignity. Yet he wasn't embarrassed by the fact after admitting "Science will always be ahead of the testers. I took the chance, and was under the assumption that I wouldn't get caught.”

He most certainly did.

During his ban, he decided to take a trip across the pond and have a shout at American football. Dwain had reports saying he was fast, strong and had good hands. Was there a possibility?

The NFL Europa franchise collapsed, so Dwain's American football career came to a halt. He returned to sprinting, and after easing through a 60-meter sprint event in Birmingham, Dwain looked like his sprinting career was back on track. But after continued appeals against his ban from the Olympics, Dwain looked in yet another direction.

Rugby League, are you joking?

The criticism he received from everyone to do with the sporting world suggested that this was a step too far. That he would never be able to support the physical demands of a rugby player. At the end of the day, he is a sprinter.

Aside from the criticism, Dwain took to trials at Castleford and after a month’s trial, he was registered as a rugby league player. He will make his rugby-league debut against York City Knights in a reserve game today, his chance to finally silence the critics.

Who said sprinters can’t play in contact sports?