Royle closes in on Vale record

Nick Royle.
Nick Royle.

Nick Royle has his eyes on the Vale of Lune’s try-scoring record as the Powderhouse Lane side enter the second half of their North One West Season.

The England Sevens star is currently the league’s leading try scorer with 26 from 15 games and is homing in on the Vale record of 36 set by his former mentor at Fylde, Mark Nelson, in the 1983/84 season.

Quiet and unassuming, Royle began his professional career playing rugby league for Widnes Vikings and then Warrington Wolves before changing codes and joining Sale Sharks before a move to Fylde.

While at Ansdell the fleet-footed back ran in 152 tries from 142 appearances.

His exploits brought in their wake representative honours and for three seasons he was a contacted player for the England Sevens Squad where he preformed with distinction.

He was also invited to play for the world-famous Barbarians in April 2009 against Bedford Blues, scoring two tries in a 76-46 victory.

In addition Royle has also played for the English Counties and Lancashire in the County Championship; last May he was in the Red Rose side that regained the Bill Beaumont Trophy, scoring two tries in a 36-25 victory against Cornwall at Twickenham.

Recently the Vale star qualified as a RFU coach and has been appointed threequarters coach at Powderhouse Lane.