Students’ try for squad

From left, Lee Little, Daniel Wilson, Liam Armstrong, Adam Keeler and Oliver Gray
From left, Lee Little, Daniel Wilson, Liam Armstrong, Adam Keeler and Oliver Gray

FIVE talented college rugby players are set to represent the North of England in a competition.

The players, from the rugby scholarship programme at East Durham College, Peterlee, have been selected to represent the prestigious North of England College’s squad in two upcoming fixtures.

Liam Armstrong, 18, from Hartlepool, and Daniel Wilson, 18, from Peterlee, have been selected for the squad along with Adam Keeler, 18, from Consett, Lee Little, 18, from Blaydon, and Oliver Gray, 17, from Bishop Auckland.

The East Durham College students will join a 24-man squad made up of players from other colleges based in County Durham, Teesside, Tyne & Wear and Lancaster.

The fixtures are set to take place in Telford on January 12, where the north will take on two other English regional sides, with the games acting as trials for this year’s England Colleges rugby squad.

And the lads will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of former teammates and East Durham College students Joe Arrowsmith and Nathan Horsfall who made the England College squads in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

East Durham College’s head rugby coach Gary Beck believes that all the representatives from the college have a great chance of advancing to represent the national side.

He said: “All the boys have done really well to advance this far in the trials.

“They are all great players and have worked really hard so far this year to improve their game and push themselves to the next level.

“Advancing to the national squad is definitely a possibility for all the lads.

“As long as they perform to their potential on the day, which I’m sure they will.”