Student to Represent England Colleges' Rugby Team

Gareth Malcolm, 18, from Peterlee, has won a coveted place in the England Colleges’ rugby team, after impressing while recently representing the North of England Colleges’ team.

Gareth, who plays prop, is a student at East Durham College and on the first year of a BTEC National Diploma in Sports and Exercise Science and also studying for an A Level in PE.

Liam Gumbrill, Head of Rugby at East Durham College said: “I am very proud of Gareth for achieving so much this season. He has worked really hard for this chance to represent his country, at a sport so close to his heart.

“I just don’t think it has sunk in yet, that he will be pulling on a shirt to represent his country. It has been a few years since one of East Durham College’s rugby players has gone on to achieve such an accomplishment. I hope Gareth can now push on and give himself the chance to follow in the footsteps of a past student of East Durham College, Dave Wilson, Bath and England prop.”

Gareth has shown great modesty about his achievement, but commented: “I really enjoyed the experience of playing for the North of England and getting to test myself at a higher level of rugby. I felt I held my own and am pleased the selectors saw something in my performances to give me a call up. I’m proud to have the chance to play for my country.

The top five props in the English Colleges’ game will take part in trials in Bristol, on Saturday 23rd January and will then be told if they will play in the England Elite or A team. The teams will then play against the Scottish, Irish and Welsh Colleges’ teams over the next couple of months.

Liam added: “I wish Gareth all the best for the trials, and hope other Team East Durham players will look up to Gareth and strive to reach the same standard next year.”