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Talented Oakhamians selected for Midlands Rugby Squad

Published Wednesday 22nd of January 2014 10:43:42 AM

Oakham Sports scholars Jake Charters and Matt Riddington have proven their sporting prowess by being selected to join the Midlands U16s Rugby Squad.

Jake and Matt, who are both studying for their GCSEs, were delighted to have made the squad.

The boys had been put through their paces to win their place in the squad. They first represented the county in trial games and then were subsequently invited to a training weekend, where a team of selectors chose the final squad.

Jake and Matt are both involved with the Leicester Tigers, with Jake playing prop for the club�s U16 squad and Matt has played in the 1st XV at fly half.

�Oakham has a national reputation for rugby,� says Ian Smith, Director of Rugby and a former Leicester Tigers Captain and coach. �Not only at a team level, but also through the continuing success of individual students who go on to win professional playing contracts and to represent their country.�

�All our players benefit from regular coaching from experienced staff, as well as additional training sessions from legendary players such as Graham Rowntree, George Chuter and Austin Healey. Those players with promise are helped to progress onto a representative pathway. It�s great that Jake and Matt�s talents have been identified and hopefully they will follow in the footsteps of other Oakhamians including Tom Croft, Alex Goode, Lewis Moody, Matt Smith and Charlie Walker.�



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