Gareth to Represent the North of England Rugby Team

Gareth Malcolm, 18, from Peterlee, has won a coveted place in the North of England rugby team for British Colleges, after impressing at the recent trials.

Gareth, a student at East Durham College, is on his first year of a BTEC National Diploma in Sports and Exercise Science and also studying for an A Level in PE, having previously completed a Uniformed Public Service Course at the College.

Gareth, who plays Prop forward at both loose and tight head, has really improved his game over the years with Team East Durham and is now a vital player in the College team.

Liam Gumbrill, Head of Rugby at East Durham College said: “Gareth always leads from the front and has a real enthusiasm to get the ball into the heart of the opposition, resulting in him already scoring a couple of tries this season.

“I am very proud of Gareth making it into the North of England team and I hope he now realises his potential. Myself and the rest of the Team East Durham rugby squad wish Gareth all the best for his first match and hope he is able to get his hands on the ball and make some of his trademark thunderous runs.”

Gareth said: “I’m really pleased and hope that I can develop my game further.”

Gareth also recently made his first appearance for the Durham City First Team, which is no mean feat (especially in the mysterious world of the front row) for an 18 year old.

He is due to play for the North of England on 11th November at Droitwich Rugby Club against the Midlands.