Youth de­vel­op­ment at clubs key to suc­cess

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THE King’s School head of rugby, Guy Ma­son, has thanked lo­cal rugby clubs for help­ing to de­velop the school’s best ever crop of young­sters.

This year more young rugby play­ers than ever at the school are step­ping up to play rep­re­sen­ta­tive rugby.

Mr Ma­son said: “It’s not just what they do with us that counts, but what they do at their clubs.

“The de­vel­op­ment of young play­ers is a part­ner­ship be­tween club, school and par­ents and clubs like Mac­cles­field, Wilm­slow, Lymm, Stock­port and Manch­ester are bet­ter than ever at in­still­ing both skills and a posi- tive ap­proach, making train­ing fun and en­joy­able.”

A to­tal of 32 boys from un­der 13 to first team level are play­ing for the dis­trict de­vel­op­ment squad, Cheshire and Sale’s Elite Player Path­way, with one player gain­ing Scot­tish na­tional hon­ours and one play­ing for Scot- tish Exiles.

The re­sults are ev­i­dent on the pitch with the un­der-13s through to the fi­nal of the Cheshire Cup against St Am­brose Col­lege.

The first team are through to the semi­fi­nal, hop­ing to play the fi­nal against Wilm­slow High as a cur­tain-raiser be­fore a Sale Sharks Euro­pean Cup game.

The suc­cess­ful boys from the youngest age level up are: Pat Lovett, Hay­den Heath, Hugo Chinea-Ro­driguez, Joey Chong, Ben Kersh, Sam Wor­thing­ton, Will Davies, Cyrus Ker­foot, Oli Leatherbarrow, James Warr, Jack May­field, Jamie Catto, Mur­ray Redpath, Sam Steven­son, Remi Miller, Ike McCor­mack, James Davies, Will Fos­brook, Toby Moule, Will Davies, Harry Wheel­ton, Gus Fi­ennes, Cameron Redpath, Tom Black­well, Conor Word­ley, Teddy Leatherbarrow, Matty Peak­man, Will Hodg­son and Harry Black­well.

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