Rugby Students To Represent North of England

Mon, 2001-03-12 00:00

A group of local college students are celebrating following their success at the recent trials for the North of England College’s rugby squad.

Four students from East Durham College’s Elite Rugby Scholarship have been selected to represent the North of England after they played for the North East against the North West.

Sean Brown (Wing), Liam Riley (Flanker), Nathan Horsfall (Scrum Half) and Joe Arrowsmith (Captain and Flanker) all stood out to selectors during the match. Sam Laidler (Prop) also made the reserve squad list.

The quartet will now represent the North of England College’s Team in a match against the other regions, to be played on 27th November at Gloucestershire University. Depending on performance they may then be selected to play for the England College’s squad.

Sean, Nathan, Joe and Liam are proud to also be currently representing Durham County Under 18s too.

Head Rugby Coach at the College Liam Gumbrill said: “We are having a very successful season so far. We are unbeaten and into the third round of the Daily Mail Cup, playing Yarm Private School today.

“The success of the team is now rubbing off on individual players and all four players through to play for the North have a very good chance of making the England squad.

“The benefits of the course and training are helping to turn these players from potential into elite athletes.”

The team play at an under 18s level so their achievements are all the more impressive as many are still only 16. The 29 – 0 win away at RGS Newcastle Seconds last week certainly demonstrates the players ability to play and win at a high standard of rugby.

The College operates a special sports scholarship for talented young rugby players and footballers. To enrol on the programme you will need to be aged 16 or 17 on or before 1st September 2012. You will need to be county standard or above; selection is via a trial. You will also need to get five GCSEs at grade C or above.