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Rugby players picked for England squad

East Durham College rugby players, Lee Little and Liam Armstrong.

East Durham College rugby players, Lee Little and Liam Armstrong.

TWO talented college rugby players will be joining a national squad.

Lee Little and Liam Armstrong, who are both members of East Durham College’s rugby scholarship programme, have been selected for the England Colleges’ rugby team and will represent them over the coming months.

Their selection means this is the third year in a row that the Peterlee-based college has had representatives competing for the England Colleges’ rugby team, following Sean Brown and Joe Arrowsmith, who both captained England in 2012, and scrum half Nathan Horsfall, who played for the side last year.

Lee and Liam, both 18, will now meet up with the national squad to take on a Devon under 20s side, before matches against the Welsh Charitables and the Irish Exiles in February and March.

Second row lock, Lee, said: “It’s been a great process going through the different trial stages, especially playing for the northern side earlier in the month. I can’t wait to now meet up with the national squad and take part in the games. I’m really nervous about it, but I am sure it will be a fantastic experience once it gets under way.”

Liam, who plays in the back row, said: “It’s a brilliant achievement and I still can’t believe I’ve been selected. I’m excited at meeting up with the other lads who have been selected and getting started. We know a few of the team that have been selected from the northern squad, so I’m sure that it won’t take us long to gel with the rest of the side, and hopefully we can go on to put in some good performances.”

 
 
 

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