ee Little, from Blaydon, and Liam Armstrong, from Hartlepool with rugby ball

Duo To Play For England Colleges' Rugby XV

Tue, 2002-08-06 01:00

Two talented members of the East Durham College rugby scholarship programme have been selected to play at a national level.

Lee Little, from Blaydon, and Liam Armstrong, from Hartlepool, travelled to Telford in Shropshire earlier this month to represent the North of England Colleges’ rugby team, along with three other members of the College’s scholarship programme.

The games for the northern side also acted as trials for the England Colleges’ squad, which the successful pair will now go onto represent over the coming months.

Their selection means this is the third year in a row that the College has had representatives competing for the England College’s rugby team; following on from Sean Brown and Joe Arrowsmith whom both captained England in 2012 and scrum half Nathan Horsfall who played for the side last year.

Lee and Liam, who are both 18-years-old, will now meet up with the national squad to take on a Devon u20s side before matches against the Welsh Charitables and the Irish Exiles in February and March.

Both lads have hailed the whole process as a fantastic experience and now hope to do themselves proud when they play for the national side.

Second row lock Lee said: “It’s been a great process going through the different trial stages, especially playing for the northern side earlier in the month.

“I can’t wait to now meet up with the national squad and take part in the games. I’m really nervous about it but I am sure it will be a fantastic experience once it gets underway.”

Liam, who plays in the back row, added: “It’s a brilliant achievement and I still can’t believe I’ve been selected to represent the England Colleges’ squad.

“I’m excited at meeting up with the other lads who have been selected and getting started. We know a few of the team that have been selected from the northern squad, so I’m sure that it won’t take us long to gel in with the rest of the side and hopefully we can go on to put in some good performances.”

East Durham College’s head rugby coach Gary Beck has praised the lads’ performances during the trials and is pleased to see them receive the opportunity to represent their country in these upcoming games.

Gary said: “All the lads who have attended the trials from the College performed really well, but Liam and Lee just stood out that little bit more on the day.

“They have both worked really hard to improve their game and it’s great to see them get this opportunity to go on and show off their skills on the national stage.”