November 2nd, 2007
The Rugby Football Union and Gloucestershire RFU have teamed up to launch a County School of Rugby for Gloucestershire.
The County School of Rugby, of which there will be one in each county across the country, has been set up by the RFU as the development pathway for all elite players in the region and will be integrated into the RFU Academies.
Gloucestershire RFU has the responsibility for running two schools, fully supported by the Gloucester and Bristol Academies, with the aim to develop the skills of elite players with training sessions delivered by quality coaches.
This is a major step forward by the RFU through the GRFU and the Academies to regularise the identification of potential elite players and to provide a structured quality development pathway.
For 2007/2008 there will be elite groups at Under 14s, Under 15s and Under 16s with an Under U13s age group being introduced in the 2008/2009 season.
For the Under 16s, the first two sessions will be held at Hartpury College. Each session will be two hours. Head Coach for the School of Rugby is Phil Greenaway of Hartpury College and he will be assisted by Mark Nicholson from Marling School and Andy Collins from Monmouth School.
Under 16s Players selected for Gloucester County School of Rugby:
Tom Foster (Bourneside)
Curtis Russell (Whitecross)
James Price (Brockworth)
Tom Brind (Crypt)
Michael Spenser Tonks (Crypt)
Joe Hart (St Peters)
Jack Allsop (Katherine Lady Berkeley)
Jake Leonard Walters (Marling)
Hagar Nibblett (Marling)
Josh Cheney-Lock (Marling)
Harry Lea (Rednock)
Tom Hogg (Chosen Hill)
Liam Winkworth (Pates)
Jack Tupper (St Edwards)
Jack Kerr (Wycliffe)