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With four weeks left of our Rugby season, it has come to light that a number of Trent players have achieved a great deal of individual success in the past few weeks. Will Allman and James Fish continue to impress as part of the Northampton Saints Academy and have been playing for the Academy U19 Team. Will has also been part of the recent England U17 training Camp and James will hopefully gain selection for the England U18 team in February after earning the plaudits of the selectors when the Academy recently played the England U18 side.
Ben Trembling and Max Johnson have been selected for the NLD U18 team to play in a ‘Super Sunday’ Tournament from which the Midlands squad will be selected. Jack Dickinson has been selected for the NLD U16 team and will also be involved in a ‘Super Sunday’ Tournament resulting in similar potential selection.
Numerous players from the U14 and U15 age groups are now firmly established in Leicester Tigers DDP with training at Newark and Mount St Mary’s College on a Monday evening. At U15 level; Charlie Livesey, Sam Beresford and Emmet McDonnell and developing well and at U14 level; Ethan Benstead, Peter Hartman, Callum Roberts, Sam and Jake Wakerley and George Dickinson are benefiting from the Pathway Programme.
The County Programme has been in full swing after the trials in September and Trent boys feature heavily in both the Nottingham and Derbyshire squads. Part of the U14 Derbyshire squad are Chris Rudkin, Euan Duncan, Matthew Kimmitt, Sam Wakerley and Jake Wakerley and along with Harvey Marriott form the Nottinghamshire squad they will be playing in an NLD Festival at Worksop on Sunday 24th November. At U15 level; Fred Hedry-Briars is flying the flag for Nottinghamshire, while Ben Goddard, George Finney, Isaac Smith, Chris Crick and Charlie Livesey are doing the same for Derbyshire.
Ben Dickinson (Y8) has been selected for the U13 Midlands Independent School’s team and we very much hope that he will progress as far as his brother, Jack, in gaining England selection.
The newly sponsored Natwest Cup has brought the school success in two age groups. After the disappointment of losing narrowly to Oakham (10-14) in the cup competition, the 1st XV have progressed to the 4th Round of the Vase after a convincing 53-0 win over Bishop Stopford School and now face Welbeck College in the next round. The Under 15 side are now through to the 5th Round of the Cup competition after a superb win over Nottingham High School (14-5). They now face Lady Manners School. Hopes are high that both sides will reach the final stages of their respective competitions in the coming weeks.
The U14 Rugby team remain unbeaten this season with some comprehensive victories including; Oakham (43-28) and Rugby School (39-0).
Perhaps the highlight of the term though has come within the Y7 age group. In playing a 12D match against Oakham, all the pupils in this age group have now represented the school in a fixture this year, something that has not been achieved before. The game will be remembered for many things, not least the effort and enthusiasm of all those who played, from both sides, who are very new to the game. The 40-40 draw was a worthy result.