Rugby Trio To Tackle England Training Squad

Thu, 2001-04-05 01:00

Three talented students from East Durham College are celebrating following their success at the recent trials for the England College’s RFU Training Squad.

Sean Brown, aged 17 from Prudhoe (Winger), Nathan Horsfall, aged 16 from Winlaton (Scrum Half) and Joe Arrowsmith, aged 18 from Ryhope (Flanker), were all selected for the squad after representing the North of England Colleges’ Team against their counterparts from the South West.

The lads, who are all on an elite rugby scholarship programme East Durham College’s Houghall Campus, said they were “well chuffed and very proud”.

Sean, Nathan, Joe will join the England training squad at Gloucestershire University from 16th to 18th December for trails to try and make the full squad.

If successful, in the New Year, they will get to represent England College’s against Leicester Tigers u19s and also go on tour with the England team to Portugal.

Sean and Nathan also play rugby for Ryton RFC and Joe represents Sunderland RFC.

Head Rugby Coach at East Durham College Liam Gumbrill said: “This is the first time the College has had three players make it this far, I’m hopefully and optimistic the lads can make it all the way to the full squad.

“This experience has been great for the development of their game and is a benefit to our elite squad as a whole.”

East Durham College’s elite rugby team are currently unbeaten in their North East u19s Merit League and made it through to the 5th round of the Daily Mail Cup – another first for the College – before losing away to a very strong Barnard Castle School team.

The College operates the special sports scholarships 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.