Student Selected for RFUs England North u18s

Thu, 2001-05-03 01:00

A student on a Durham college’s rugby scholarship has been rewarded for his hard training by being selected to play for the RFU’s England North u18s.

Liam Riley, aged 18, from Darlington, who studies on a sport course at East Durham College’s Houghall Campus, attended the England North Trails, in early January, held at West Park Leeds RUFC ground.

Liam, who plays flanker, was one of nearly 50 boys fighting for a coveted place in the squad and was one of only five other players from the Durham area to make the 26 man squad. The others were Bruce Clegg, Alex Beaumont, Alec Clarey, Anthony Harrison, and Daniel Potts.

Liam Gumbrill, Head Rugby Coach at the College, said: “Liam has improved as a player since joining us and has developed physically. Liam has a very good chance of progressing to the next level and has a bright future in the game.

“He has taken more of a leadership role within the squad. I hope his ability and enthusiasm rubs off on the rest of his team mates.”

Liam Riley’s first chance to play for the England North side come on Sunday against Sale Sharks Academy u19s in Manchester, and the North won 29 - 0.

On 17th to 19th February Liam and the squad will also be taking part in an Inter-divisional Festival at Broadstreet RUFC in Coventry.