Ital­ian job for Var­ney

Llanelli Star - - SPORT -

A WEST Wales young­ster is star­ring for Italy in the Un­der-18 Six Na­tions Rugby Fes­ti­val which is tak­ing place in Eng­land.

Stephen Lorenzo Var­ney from the ham­let of Rhoshill, a few miles south of Cardi­gan, is a sports science stu­dent at Hart­pury Col­lege in Glouces­ter and a mem­ber of Glouces­ter Rugby Club Academy.

He is the youngest player ever in the English Cham­pi­onship, ap­pear­ing for Hart­pury Col­lege RFC against Bed­ford Blues and Cor­nish Pi­rates, and his out­stand­ing per­for­mances brought him to the at­ten­tion of the Ital­ian Rugby Fed­er­a­tion, who capped him against France when he scored a try on his de­but.

Italy have forged close links with Glouces­ter RFC, who in­clude in their squad Jake Polledri, Seb Ne­gri and Cal­lum Bra­ley.

Var­ney qual­i­fies for Italy through his mother Valerie, who is Ital­ian, and the Az­zurri were quick to snap him up. He has been train­ing in Italy in the runup to the Six Na­tions event.

Var­ney’s fa­ther Adrian, a lec­turer at Co­leg Ceredi­gion in Cardi­gan, was an open­side flanker with Neath from 1987 to 1994.

Glouces­ter Academy man­ager and Eng­land Un­der-20s coach Richard Wif­fin said: “Stephen has ex­celled in his de­vel­op­ment, his ex­cel­lent skill and vi­sion to see space mak­ing him one of our stand­out academy play­ers,

“I have no doubt that his de­sire and com­mit­ment will see him de­velop into a top pro­fes­sional.”

Stephen Lorenzo Var­ney.

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