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Dimech Recieves Early Malta Call

September 10, 2023

Cornwall’s Maltese international Kaine Dimech – Cornwall Sports Media

Cornwall and Malta star Kaine Dimech has touched down in Montenegro ahead of his national side’s two upcoming Medieval Shield internationals.

Malta will face Montenegro next Saturday before hosting Bulgaria at Marsa seven days later.

Dimech, an ever-present for Cornwall in the Choughs’ 2023 campaign, has benefited from an early Malta call, ahead of a full squad announcement next week, so he can combine an international stint with an end of season holiday.

The utility forward is a real rugby league success story for expansion areas of the sport. He grew up in Kent and played for the highly successful Medway Dragons side and signed for Cornwall back in February of this year.

Incredibly, Dimech had played more internationals for Malta than matches at senior level before his move to the Mem.

His involvement in the Medieval Shield games will see the 27-year-old become Cornwall’s second international player behind Aaron Jones-Bishop, who represented Jamaica at last year’s Rugby League World Cup.

Dimech has been an ever present for Cornwall in 2023 – Cornwall Sports Media

Along with brother Reece, the Dimech’s have also become the latest in a long line of brothers, joining the Dux’s, Borg’s, Azzopardi’s, Bartlett’s, in playing together for the Malta national side.

“I’m honoured to get another cap for Malta and Montenegro is already shaping up to be a beautiful place to get it,” Dimech said, speaking from Montenegro.

“After my first season at Cornwall in League 1, it’s been great to build on my own experience and hope that’s a big part of what I can bring to the team. Experience, stability and leadership that will help to sculpt some of the domestic players into even better players.”

Kaine will play alongside brother Reece for Malta – Cornwall Sports Media

Family and friends are a big part of the Malta Rugby League way, so it’s fitting that brothers Kaine and Reece have both been given the heads up to arrive in Montenegro before the squad is announced.

“With Reece playing as well, again it’s a big moment for our family,” Dimech added. “So hopefully we can link up for some good plays throughout the game and get (Reece) into open space.

“On a personal level, I’m excited to get out there, represent my heritage and do Malta proud.”