Head boy and school rugby 1st XV captain Tom Morton has been named in the England U18s squad to play Australia this Wednesday 4th December.
Being picked for the squad is the result of Tom’s recent three-day training session with the England elite player development group and is big step up from playing for the national clubs and schools side earlier this year.
“The school has been brilliant all the way through”
Fly-half Tom, who also represents the Sale Sharks academy, told us about the support he receives from school:
I’m confident and nervous about next week’s game, especially as there will be quite a few boys from the year above playing.
Since being selected for the England teams, my self-belief has definitely grown and I’m really enjoying playing.
The support from school has been brilliant all the way through – I’m really close with the PE staff and I get lots of encouragement from everyone at Stockport Grammar.
England U18s head coach John Fletcher told the RFU website that the game will be watched by coaches from higher up in the national setup:
This is a fantastic opportunity to test ourselves against a side that we know will want to play an attacking style of rugby.
We’ll work closely with the England U20s coaches – Nick Walshe and Ian Peel – as there are players involved who will be in their thoughts, and it also gives them the opportunity to take a look at the next crop in action in a competitive game.
The game takes place at Harrow School this Wednesday 4th December with a 1pm kickoff. Admission is free.