12:31PM, Monday 27 January 2014
Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA) student James Winter was selected to play for England Colleges’ u19s side against a strong looking Devon u20s team on Sunday.
Winter, fresh out of Windsor Boys School and still only 16, came on as a second half substitute for the young lions and played at hooker and flanker as England fought back to narrowly lose 19-15.
More than 300 colleges in England were asked to nominate their best players to take part in a five-stage selection process for the England team, which was whittled down to just 30 before the game against Devon. Previous players include Alex Cuthbert of Wales and the British Lions.
The game was played in atrocious conditions at the Plymouth Albion RFC, but Winter made an impact from the bench, successfully throwing his first two line-outs as England gained a measure of control over Devon in the second half.
He also completed a couple of barrelling runs with successful off-loads in an eye-catching performance.
Unfortunately the 16-year-old, up against players who were two years his senior, wasn’t selected for England’s 22-man team to play the Irish Exiles on Sunday (February 2). However, he remains part of the 30-man squad and will be on standby for this weekend’s game.
BCA’s head of rugby Dean Rogers, said: “It’s a great achievement and something to be proud of.
“We expect to see more from James in the future.”
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