Briscoe passes Cup test
Winger braced for life-changing moments
Last Updated: July 29, 2008 3:55pm
Briscoe: Wembley dream
Hull FC winger Tom Briscoe is facing an anxious few weeks waiting for his A-Level results and a possible Wembley appearance.
"I decided to take a year out to play rugby but I may go to university next year, depending on my grades."
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The 18-year-old played in the thrilling 32-24 semi-final victory over Wakefield at the Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday.
The Airlie Birds, who are currently dealing with a crippling injury list, withdrew Briscoe from England Under 18's tour of Australia in order to play him against Wakefield.
"This has just made up for that," said Briscoe.
"It's brilliant to reach the Cup final. I'm only 18 and some people don't get to do it in their lifetime.
"It's my first season and it's been brilliant. At the start of the year I just wanted to play a couple of games here and there.
"I didn't expect to be starting, it's just happened so I'm happy."
Briscoe has made 12 appearances, including the last eight in the starting line-up but, with international wingers Gareth Raynor and Matt Sing both recently recovered from injury and overseas pair Todd Byrne and Motu Tony also close to fitness, he must wait to find out if he has done enough to keep his place for the Wembley showdown with St Helens on August 30.
"Gaz is back, so is Matt Sing and Todd is not far away but hopefully I've done enough," he said.
Before then, Briscoe's long-term future will become clearer when he gets the results of his A-Levels in biology, geography and sports science.
"I decided to take a year out to play rugby but I may go to university next year, depending on my grades," he added.
Meanwhile, club captain Lee Radford allowed himself a first beer for five weeks after the semi-final triumph.
The 29-year-old second-row forward led from the front as Hull made light of their poor form in the engage Super League season to keep their Cup hopes alive.
"It's a frightening thought," he said of the prospect of leading his home-town club out at Wembley.
"I think I will be the first Hull lad to do that for Hull FC. It will be a fantastic moment for myself and my family.
"With all the adversity we've had this season, to get to the final is testament to the character of the squad."
Although it will be Hull's 14th Challenge Cup final appearance, they have yet to win at Wembley.
Their most recent victory came three years ago at the Millennium Stadium while their 1982 triumph was achieved in a replay at Elland Road after they drew with Widnes in front of the now-demolished Twin Towers.