It has been a busy month for our Academy, with the Under-16s in action ahead of their weeks residential as well as international call ups for our players. Here is a roundup of the news from our Academy.

Yorkshire Carnegie Under-16s preparing for residential at Wellington College
 
Yorkshire Carnegie’s Under-16s have been in action in recent weekends, playing in tournaments at Pontefract on 28th February and Loughborough Grammar on 6th March. 

At Pontefract the Under-16 JDS Academy beat Sale Sharks and an ERDPP select side but lost out to Newcastle.   At Loughborough the young side played against London Irish U16s and drew 7-7 in an excellent game of Academy rugby, with great attack and defensive passages of play from both sides. Following this they then played Gloucester Rugby U16s and secured a 14-0 win.  The team showed they had made great progress and developed on the weekend previous at Pontefract.  There were a number of areas where the team showed improvement, particularly the players’ game understanding and management coming through.

These two weekends build up towards the Under-16 RFU Academy Residential camp at Wellington College, 27th March to 1st April where the squad selected by JDS Head Coach Danny Wild will take part in Academy Under-16 fixtures against the other 13 Academies along with off field educational seminars. This is the first time Yorkshire Carnegie have had structured competition at Under-16 level with other Academies and it is something all players and staff involved are looking forward to.
 
Talent emerging through ERDPP sessions
 
This week has been ERDPP week, unfortunately we have lost some sessions due to the heavy rain fall, however some others have continued and players continue to develop and impress. A number of 1st XV players are continuing and enjoying coaching on the programme led by Ben.
 
Four players from ERDPP were selected to join the Yorkshire Carnegie Academy – Ryan Gibson, Noah Elbert, Joe Parry, Adam Hopkinson who will train and all played in the Loughborough festival and all stand a chance of going to Wellington festival.
 
International Recognition
 
The Carnegie Academy have been well represented in recently international games.  Max Green being named to start at 9 for England 20s against Wales and Lewis Boyce starting at Loose Head, following 13 months out with injury and recently completing his return to play with duel loan registration with Harrogate RUFC and playing for ourselves in the Championship in recent weeks. 

Lewis Wilson of Pockington School won his first cap at Under-18 level for England two weeks ago in the 22-12 loss away to France, Lewis has been selected for this weekend’s Under18 fixtures against Wales at Aberavon RFC.  We hope that all three of them go well this weekend.
 
Good Luck to QEGS
 
Best wishes to QEGS, Wakefield next Wednesday 16th March in the National Natwest Cup Under-18 Schools Cup Final at Twickenham against Bromsgrove School. QEGS beat Warwick School in the Semi Final.  The team have a number of Yorkshire Carnegie Academy players in their ranks.  They led by school captain Tom Allot and vice captains Elliot Ward and Connor Field, along with our Under-16 players Joe Gatus, Tom Stephenson, Eden Kelly, Jack Mann, Jacob Mousey and Max Hanson, who are also involved in the Under-18 Cup final squad.