East Durham Collage Ruby Academy student Nathan Horsfall in his England College's Rugby Kit

College Rugby Star Called Up For National Duty

Sun, 2002-04-28 01:00

East Durham College RFU team’s scrum-half Nathan Horsfall is now internationally capped after representing his country in four matches this spring.

Nathan, 17, from Blaydon, was selected for the England Colleges RFU team after making his way through two gruelling training camps.

Nathan recently took part in four games for the U19’s national side, suffering two defeats against the Welsh Charitables but he helped the side to two victories over Worcester and the Irish Exiles.

Nathan, who can play both scrum-half and fly-half, has followed on in the footsteps of East Durham College team mates Sean Brown and Joe Arrowsmith who represented the England Colleges side last year.

Nathan, who plays his club rugby for Ryton RFC, was immensely proud to have the opportunity to represent the side and was pleased to see his hard work pay off.

Nathan said: “It was an amazing feeling when I got told about being selected to represent England.

“I have worked really hard over the last year with my rugby and it was great to be rewarded with this huge honour.

“We were unlucky to lose the first couple against the Welsh team, but they were a really strong side. But it was a really great feeling to finish up the games with the two victories against Worcester and the Irish side that came over.”

East Durham College head rugby coach Gary Beck was proud to see Nathan make the step up and represent the national team, praising his strong character and fantastic ability on the pitch.

Gary said: “Nathan is a fantastic rugby player. He has a great natural ability towards the game but he still works hard to improve on that.

“Nathan has a real talent to take control of the game and he really bosses the field with his skill and passing, he is really good at breaking teams down.

“I was really proud, but not surprised, to hear that Nathan had been selected to play for England and he really made the most of what was a fantastic experience for him.”