Players sign up to relaunch team

Weston College succeeded in its bid to find the most talented young players to join the Elite Rugby Academy after holding successful rugby trials last week.

Weston College succeeded in its bid to find the most talented young players to join the Elite Rugby Academy after holding successful rugby trials last week.

A total of 46 potentials turned up for the re-launch of the Elite Rugby Academy, which is run by Weston College Rugby Academy coaching staff Johnny Gordon, Chris Crichton and Olly Noble.

Due to a new partnership with Bristol Rugby Club the session was also supported by Bristol 1st XV players Darran Crompton and Matt Salter. Ex-student and Exeter Chiefs player Dan Touhy was also on hand to help.

The trials took place at Weston Rugby Club and were open to young men of school leaving age who intend to enrol on a full-time course at the college in September. This does not have to be a sports or health-related qualification.


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Successful candidates will receive professional coaching and training twice a week, improved individual fitness, skill and team play, and a structured training programme similar to those employed by professional clubs, as well as playing weekly league and cup fixtures on a Wednesday afternoon.

The Rugby Academy is also hoping to run a European Tour in the summer term. Any player who missed the trials will get the opportunity to re-trial in September once they have enrolled on a full-time course.

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The rugby trials are the start of a busy period for the college academies which will be holding trials for the Weston College Football Academy, run in partnership with Weston Football Club, on Monday, April 27, starting at 6.30pm. Any interested players should contact Corinne Spear on 01934 411436.

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