FIVE talented rugby players are gearing up to represent the region.
The teenagers, from East Durham College’s rugby scholarship programme, have been selected for the North of England College’s squad in two upcoming national fixtures.
Winger Daniel Wilson, 18, from Peterlee, hooker Adam Keeler, 18, from Consett, second row player, Lee Little, 18, from Blaydon, back row player, Liam Armstrong, 18, from Hartlepool, and fly half, Oliver Gray, 17, from Bishop Auckland, were selected after a successful trial at Hartlepool.
They will join a 24-man squad made up of players from other colleges in County Durham, Teesside, Tyne and Wear and Lancaster.
The fixtures will take place in Telford on January 12, where the team will take on two other English regional sides. The games will act as trials for the England Colleges rugby squad. The Peterlee-based college lads will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of former teammates Joe Arrowsmith and Nathan Horsfall, who made the England College squads in 2011 and 2012.
East Durham College’s head rugby coach, Gary Beck, 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.”