Cirencester RFC captain impressed selectors in South West U16s win over the North
5:35pm Monday 25th February 2013 in Sport
HARRY WILSON, from Cirencester RFC, has been selected to play for the England U16 team ahead of their forthcoming matches against Wales and Italy.
Harry came through the selection process when playing for the South West side which earned a comfortable victory over their North of England counterparts a few weeks ago.
Second row Harry played well enough to earn selection into the England U16 ‘Elite’ side, the highest team available at this age grade.
A warm-up match against Gloucester U17s went well, with England winning and Harry scoring a try.
Kingshill School pupil Harry has been an enthusiastic member of Cirencester RFC since the U7s and is team captain this year.
He is a also member of the Gloucester Academy Silver Group (U16-U18).
Club Chairman and U16s Head Coach, Rob Lister said: "It is a wonderful achievement for Harry. We have known for a long time that he is a real talent, with a big heart for the game, and he always plays with a smile on his face.
"It is reaffirming to see good things happen to good people who really deserve it and this is one of those cases.
"We wish him luck on the international stage."
Harry's sister Becky has also progressed from playing for Cirencester and Gloucester Rugby U18s to representing the South West of England.
Unlike for Harry, the South West games have yet to start for Becky.
Lister said: "Let’s not forget Becky’s achievements. The South West is the highest option at U18 for girls' rugby before England U20 Girls, so fingers crossed this might be the first brother-sister double act to represent their country at rugby."
Lister added: "We were also delighted to see former Cirencester player Kieran Kelly make the wider England U16 squad and be nominated as captain of England South.
"Kieran is another player who has shown great dedication and commitment to the sport and deserves his success.
"Kieran played at Cirencester from U8 to U14 age-groups before boarding school and his Bath Rugby Academy commitments took up all his time. We follow his successes with great interest."