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Back to the future in search for star students

29 October 2010

  • 2010/11 England Students trials to start on December 14
  • I just can't wait wait to work with some really talented players - returning manager Peter Drewett
Young players gather round their coach during a training session at Twickenham

Photo: RFU Archive

The first of this season's England Students trials will take place on December 14 and 15 with returning Peter Drewett presiding over selection and coaching.

The first job Peter Drewett performed for the RFU was managing England Students, when the team included the likes of Lawrence Dallaglio, Richard Hill and Will Greenwood. Now he’s back and looking forward to the first 2010/11 England Students trials in December.

Drewett said: "England Students gives the very best student players the opportunity to represent their country and take on the likes of Portugal, who have competed in Rugby World Cups, or France Students, who are practically the equivalent of a France A squad.

"Our squad covers quite a cross section: players attached to Premiership Academies, some playing for Championship sides, or other clubs.  All must be playing student rugby and many will go on to play rugby at professional level.

"Every university gets a nomination form for trials involving three regions – North, Central and South – and selectors will be watching student players through the season, trials are just part of the process. Selection is always tough for any international representative side but we have some excellent coaches in universities, players coming through from schools who are doing a fantastic job and increasingly universities are centres of excellence in sports development.

"There’s a very high standard in the regions and make no mistake it’s very competitive. We will have some really talented players looking to impress and I just can’t wait to work with them."

The following link provides details of how you can nominate players for the England Students trials.