Trio off to World champs

Gloucestershire Echo - - RICHARDSON REPORT -

GLOUCES­TER Rugby trio Olly Ad­kins, Tom Seabrook and Aaron Hink­ley have been named in the 28-man Eng­land Un­der-20s squad for the World Rugby U20 Cham­pi­onship in Ar­gentina.

Flanker Hink­ley, who played in last year’s tour­na­ment as Eng­land lost in the fi­nal to France, started his rugby jour­ney at Led­bury Rugby Club at the age of six and joined the Glouces­ter Acad­emy since he was 13, mak­ing his Premier­ship de­but in Novem­ber 2018.

He also cap­tained St Peter’s School, Glouces­ter and helped Hart­pury Col­lege tri­umph in the AASE fi­nal as well as hav­ing a spell with Cin­der­ford.

Ad­kins was born in Glouces­ter and grew up in Cirences­ter - join­ing Cirences­ter RFC, as an 11-year-old - and was part of the most suc­cess­ful rugby team in Cirences­ter King­shill School’s his­tory.

He helped King­shill be­come district cham­pi­ons for five sea­sons run­ning and he was then at the fore­front of Hart­pury Col­lege’s dom­i­na­tion of the AASE Cham­pi­onship go­ing over for a hat-trick as they de­feated Gos­forth Acad­emy 66-14 at Al­lianz Park in De­cem­ber 2017.

Winger Seabrook took up the game at Tet­bury RFC, and at­tended Wy­cliffe Col­lege in Stone­house and Dean Close School, join­ing the Glouces­ter Acad­emy at 14.

Seabrook scored a try one minute into his pro­fes­sional de­but against Sara­cens at Al­lianz Park in Glouces­ter’s 62-12 de­feat in May 2018 and his score se­cured the bonus-point 27-23 win over Bath on April 13.

The squad also in­cludes for­mer Glouces­ter head coach Bryan Red­path’s son Cameron, who played his for­ma­tive rugby at Chel­tenham Tigers and at­tended Chel­tenham Col­lege.

Rosario and Santa Fe will play host to 30 matches played over five days across three venues.

The 12 com­pet­ing na­tions have been drawn in three pools of four based on their 2018 rank­ings, and Pool B sees Eng­land face Ire­land (4 June), Italy (8 June) and Aus­tralia (12 June). The knock­out stages are on Mon­day, June 17 with fi­nals day on Satur­day, June 22.

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