1st XV rugby captain James Flynn was on the winning side as he represented his country in the England U18s clubs and schools squad’s 38-10 victory over Ireland.
James’s strong tackles helped resist Ireland’s waves of attack in what was a high tempo exhibition of exciting rugby, which came after warm-up games against the Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers academy sides.
James (pictured above with the school’s 1st XV) was picked for England after impressing the selectors during his excellent performances for the north at February’s U18s divisional festival at Broadstreet, which saw the prop score the winning try in a 7–5 victory against the Midlands.
Speaking to the official site of the Rugby Football Union after the match, Dave Reed, the England head coach, said:
When the final whistle went, it was a feeling of pride and satisfaction to think that these lads started the selection process in September, playing for their clubs and schools, and through the divisional process have progressed to international level.
As well as representing his school, county, the north and now England, James has also turned out for Sale Sharks’ second team in the Aviva A League this year.