Rugby Trials Success

Sat, 29/07/2000 - 01:00

About 50 hopefully took part in trials, at West Hartlepool RFC, to try and make the squad to represent the North East College’s Under 19s Rugby team.

Students from a number of colleges across the region took part on 6th October, including; East Durham College, Hartlepool 6th Form, Darlington QE, Gateshead and Guisborough Prior Pursglove.

East Durham College were delighted to have four players selected, making it their best representation in the North East squad for over 4 years.

The successful students were Josh Smith,17, from Darlington, who plays prop, Richard Walsh, 19, from Horden, who plays second row (and is Captain of Team East Durham Rugby), Harry Cox, 17, Blackhall, who plays centre and Terry Haley, 17, Sunderland, who plays scrum half.

Liam Gumbrill, Head of Rugby at East Durham College said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that four of our players made it into the squad and I hope they all make the most of the opportunity.

“The Rugby Development Centre is really working hard to turn out good players and this is a testament to the work we are doing. Myself and the rest of the Team East Durham rugby squad wish them all the best in the next round of trials.”

The whole Team East Durham rugby squad were also on a high on Wednesday, 13th October, after beating Hartlepool FE College 5 – 46.

Haley scored two tries and gave an immaculate kicking performance and Cox score one try for good measure.

The next round will be against the North West section, when players will be selected to represent the North of England area. Those that make it through to this will then have the chance to represent England Colleges.