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England International Rugby Star Zach Mercer Visits Ashville

Published by Ashville College on Monday 20th of February 2023

One of the most exciting names in Rugby Union has visited a Harrogate school to give young players tips on how to improve their game.

During his visit to Ashville Prep School, Zach Mercer - who plays for French team, Montpellier, and has just signed a new four-year deal with Gloucester Rugby - spent over an hour offering the boys guidance and encouragement from the touchline.

The Number 8, who has already won four caps for England, also signed autographs, posed for photographs and answered a series of questions put to him by his young fans.

Last year, Zach was voted the ‘best player in the France Top 14 and won ‘Man of the Match’ in the French Top 14 final, where Montpellier beat Castres 29-10 at the Stade de France – the first time the team has won the title.

He also has a very good chance of being recalled to the England squad ahead of the 2023 Rugby World Cup, which is being staged in France during September.

Zach is the son of Gary Mercer, Head of Rugby at Ashville College, a former New Zealand Rugby League international, and the current defence coach for Harrogate Rugby Club.

Gary, who also captained Leeds Rhinos, said:

“It was fantastic to welcome Zach to Ashville. The pupils were certainly excited to meet him, and he was brilliant with them; offering his advice, giving encouragement, and taking the time to pose for photographs.

“In return, they showed dedication and attentiveness in the session, and certainly made the most of having him watch them train.”
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