Youth development at clubs key to success
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.