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Rugby players cap off remarkable season as Cheshire Cup champions


The Under 16 rugby team capped off a memorable season by securing the Cheshire Cup after a series of gruelling encounters and fantastic displays. The cup triumph follows the news that twenty of our rugby players are enjoying Sale Sharks and county selections.

The boys faced some talented schools during their Cheshire Cup campaign with a last-gasp drop goal sealing a dramatic comeback against Bridgewater High School and an outstanding performance against St Ambrose College.

Sale Sharks selections

Nineteen rugby players from the Under 14 to the Under 16 teams have been selected for Developing Player Pathways and Development Groups with Sale Sharks.

Fifth Year Bradley Boyd has been selected to join the Sharks’ U16 Player Development Group.

Sale Sharks teaching

The English Premiership and Challenge Cup club also run a scheme called Developing Player Pathway (DPP) which is a joint initiative between Sale Sharks, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and Constituent Bodies that is designed to provide enhanced development opportunities for the best young players in the North West.

It is also an early opportunity for clubs to identify players with great potential to enter the pathway on the way to the professional game.

Fifth Year pupils Max Crompton, William Woodside, Ben Higgins, Chester Bowden and Joshua Taylor have all been accepted to the DPP for Under 16s. Fourth Years Harry Brown, Tom Crouch, Harry Reeder-Hirst and Jack Brown have been chosen for the U15 DPP and Third Year pupils Tom Manton, Navid Mousavi-Khoshrou, Rowan Abbott, Dom Rode, Albert Bradshaw, Fin Rode, Frank Chatterton, Isaac Deans and Oliver Van Der Ploeg have been accepted into the U14 DPP.

Rugby Team Captains

Head of Rugby Mr Hugo Corbett said: “I am so pleased for the boys that have been selected, it is a credit to all the hard work and enthusiasm that they have shown.

“There are also a number of players that have narrowly missed out on selection that I am sure will use it as extra motivation to show real grit in order to reach the next level.

“I would also like to thank the various coaches at Stockport Grammar School as they have played such a vital role in the players’ development, both on and off the pitch.

“Sale Sharks Academy is one of the best rugby environments in the country and I am sure that all the players involved will gain a great deal from being involved.

“I look forward to seeing all the boys develop, both as players and as individuals.”

Sale Sharks

Sale Sharks Academy also came to school to deliver a special training day for our rugby players to help develop their skills and match play.

If you would like to know more about the schemes that Sale Sharks run for youth players or how Stockport Grammar works with the rugby union club, please visit the Sale Sharks website or contact Mr Corbett.

U16 Sharks Development Group  U16 Developing Player Pathway U15 Developing Player Pathway U14 Developing Player Pathway
Bradley Boyd Max Crompton (also Scottish Exiles)
William Woodside
Ben Higgins
Chester Bowden
Joshua Taylor (also Welsh Exiles)
Harry Brown
Tom Crouch
Harry Reeder-Hirst
Jack Brown
Tom Manton
Navid Mousavi-Khoshrou
Rowan Abbott
Dom Rode
Albert Bradshaw
Fin Rode
Frank Chatterton
Isaac Deans
Oliver Van Der Ploeg

Cheshire RFU call-ups

In further news for our talented rugby players, pupils Harry Reeder-Hirst and Ali-Hamza Peerzada have both been selected to play for the Cheshire U15 squad representing the county in games against Lancashire, Yorkshire and Staffordshire.

Meanwhile, Bradley Boyd, Chester Bowden and Joshua Taylor have been selected for the Cheshire U16 squad for their ties against Staffordshire, Bristol, Lancashire and Yorkshire.

Many thanks to Gleave Homes for their support and sponsorship.