HENRY TRINDER’S selection for the England summer tour of New Zealand – the team flew out this week – was another major boost for the junior coaching system at Cirencester RFC.
Trinder, who was joined on the plane to the Southern Hemisphere by four other Gloucester Rugby team-mates – Billy Twelvetrees, Ben Morgan (ex-Dursley RFC), Matt Kvesic and Jonny May (ex-Wootton Bassett RFC) – is from Bagendon on the outskirts of Cirencester and played for his town club from the age of six to 14.
Only last weekend another Ciren old boy Will Seville represented the England Counties U20s side in the international victory over Georgia U20s.
And waiting in the wings is perhaps the best prospect of them all, Harry Wilson, who has already broken into the England U18 set-up, along with some younger players who are part of the Gloucester Academy.
Simon Collyer-Bristow coached Swindon-born Trinder and Seville throughout their junior rugby careers and says the club is justifiably proud of their achievements.
“Right from the very beginning Henry always had exceptional speed allied to good ball skills and great awareness of the game,” said Collyer-Bristow. “He’s a natural sportsman and, like his dad, was a very good footballer, too.
“I hope Henry has a great tour as his career keeps stalling due to having more than his fair share of injuries.
“At 25 he still has time to make a big impact.
“I get the impression that Stuart Lancaster (England coach) thinks Henry and Billy Twelvetrees are his first choice combination at centre.”
Collyer-Bristow travelled to see Seville, who was with Cirencester from U9s to Colts, play for the England Counties U20s XV in two international matches hosted by Cambridge RFC.
Will started at No.8 in the first game which England won 36-10 and made some notable contributions in both attack and defence.
He was awarded his England cap at the post-match reception. “England Counties XV is a big step away from the elite England squad but it is a good standard of rugby nevertheless,” said Collyer-Bristow. “Will went to Rose Hill School in Wotton-under-Edge and then Cheltenham College.
“He was always a gentle giant, starting on the wing where his stand-out skill was his tackling. No one would get round him.
“He went on to captain the county U18s and he was only released by Gloucester Academy when he went to study at Loughborough University.
“Will is a very bright lad and knows there is more to life to rugby “Along with Harry (Wilson), who may prove the pick of the lot, all three are very nice, unassuming lads and good role models.
“Ciren have an excellent record of developing young players until they are swept up by the academies at about U15 level.
"That has been the case with Trinder, Seville and Wilson at Ciren along with Ben Morgan at Dursley as well as Elliott Stooke and Oli Thorley at Stow, too.”