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Gallagher father and son excited about the future

04 February 2013

  • All Black full back has a family connection at Colfe’s
  • London & SE U16s ready for Midlands challenge at festival

London & South East under-16 players had a last chance to stake their claims for places in this season’s England squads during a development weekend at Broadstreet RFC near Coventry at the weekend (February 1 to 3).

The weekend included two Divisional Matches in front of the national selectors on February 3, with the South West playing the North at 11am followed by London & South East v Midlands at 1pm.

Following the development weekend three squads – England Under 16, England North and England South – will now be selected to prepare for a programme of international matches.

Matt Gallagher, a full back whose father John played in that position for New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup-winning team in 1987, was selected from Colfe’s School in Kent.

John Gallagher has worked at Colfe’s for many years, latterly as Head of the Prep School, and Matt says he would love to follow in his dad’s rugby footsteps.

“I enjoy playing rugby a lot, and would love to pursue it seriously as a career,” Matt told the school website.

“It takes a lot of commitment and hard work. I’m currently training two nights a week with Saracens’ academy and then county training and England trials are on top of that.

“Saracens have a fantastic attitude and they have really encouraged me to also focus on my school work and achieve top academic results.”

John Gallagher, meanwhile, is set for an exciting career change, leaving Colfe’s for a role with the multi-million pound Surrey Canal regeneration project in Lewisham, where sport will be a driver in helping regenerate the area.

England Under 16s will play Italy U17 at Lichfield on April 1 and Wales U16 at Oxford University on April 6.

The three squads will train at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire from February 12 to 14 where England Under 16s will play Gloucester Under 17s on February 14, while England North play England South.

England Under 16s will have a further training session at St Edward’s School in Oxford on March 9-10 to include a match against Northampton U17 on March 10 (11am).

England North and England South will prepare to compete in the annual Wellington International Festival (Wellington College in Berkshire, March 30 to April 5) by training at Cokethorpe School in Oxfordshire on March 9-10 with England South playing Leicester 17s and England North taking on Wasps U17.

At the Wellington International Festival, England North will play France B, Netherlands U17 and Belgium U17, while England South face France A, Scotland U16 and USA U17.

London & South East U16 squad, Development Weekend, Broadstreet RFC, February 1-3, 2013 (school/CB):

Mathew Gallagher (Colfe’s School, Kent)
Dominic Morris (New Hall School, Essex)
Loewy Simmons (St Richard’s Catholic College, Sussex)
Oliver Parker (The Perse Upper, Eastern Counties)
George Worth (Wymondham College, Eastern Counties)
Conor Dolan (St Benedict’s Ealing, Middlesex)
Alex Cardinali (St Columba’s College, Hertfordshire)
George Jackson (Trinity School, Surrey)
Alex Patton (Bishop’s Stortford College, Hertfordshire)

Archie Leeming (Castle View School, Essex)
Mofe Wilkey (Trinity School, Surrey)
Aubrey Grimes (Litcham HS, Eastern Counties)
Bradley Ugodulunwa (Wimbledon College, Surrey)
Billy Walker (Great Baddow HS, Essex)
James Robinson (Morecambe HS, Lancashire)*
Charlie Stonehill (Thornden School, Hampshire)
Archie White (Glyn School, Surrey)
Alex Munday (Berkhamsted School, Hertfordshire)
Jens Johansson (Tunbridge Wells GS, Kent)
William Evans (Wymondham College, Eastern Counties)
Alex Everett (Judd School, Kent)
Joe Hughes (Whitgift School, Kent)
Frazer Pegler (St Clement Danes, Hertfordshire)

Unavailable injured: Owain James (Harrow School, Middlesex)
*allocated from North division


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