Congratulations to Lewis Wilson and Elliott Ward, who have been named in the England Under-19s side to face France at Massy, Stade Ladoumègue on Saturday 1st April.

Ward, is a former pupil and QEGS and was part of their successful Natwest Cup runs, making it through to the finals of the competition in 2012 and 2016.

The Pontefract born player, previously played for Sandal RUFC from minis to Under-14s under Darren Reynolds and Paul Wild and started his journey on the Yorkshire Carnegie Academy pathway with the Under-16s under head coach Danny Wild.  He progressed from the Junior Development Squad to the Under-18 Junior Academy and continued through to the Senior Academy side.

Wilson, a former Pocklington School pupil from York, has been selected for the England under-19 rugby squad, a year after making his debut for England Under-18s.

The flanker is currently on loan to National League Two North team Wharfedale, making 14 appearances and scoring five tries for the Dalesmen so far this season.  He returned to Carnegie to make his debut earlier this season in the British & Irish Cup games against the Dragons Premiership Select.

Sean Houltham, Master i/c Rugby at Pocklington School, said: “This is a significant step in Lewis’ rugby career progression and is a well-deserved reflection of his hard work, dedication and considerable talent.

“We’re extremely proud of Lewis at Pocklington School and closely follow his progress. We wish him and all the squad the best of luck on Saturday.”

Jon Pendlebury, Yorkshire Carnegie Academy Manager added: “This is just reward for Lewis’ efforts and performances this season, not just with Yorkshire Carnegie, but also the role Wharfedale have played in supporting and further progressing his development towards involvement at a Senior level and England U19 level. The England Under-19 fixture is a step towards possible inclusion next season as an Under-20 and one target that I know Lewis will have next season.

“It is also reward for Pocklington RUFC along with Pocklington School who can take an awful lot of pride from this squad announcement. It’s a great story for both club and school in supporting player progression in the County and shows how the club and school pathway to Academy partnership works.

“Credit to Lewis’ junior coaches Chris Ingle and Andrew Richardson along with school coach Sean Houltham who we have worked with very closely over this past three seasons in all the time and effort they have put in with Lewis.”

Ward, who is currently on duel registration with National 1 side Wharfedale and this season played in six Academy League fixtures for Yorkshire Carnegie, has been involved previously in the England Under-18 camps, but is set to earn his first cap against France.

Speaking about his achievement Pendlebury added: “Elliot has worked hard to gain this opportunity and well deserved following a transition from U18 schoolboy to playing regularly in National 2 with Wharfedale RUFC also.

Elliot began at Sandal with Paul Wild and Darren Reynolds as his coaches and more recently supported well by Ian Wolfenden and Trevor Barker of QEGS, where Elliot has had some significant highs during cup runs and being losing finalists.

“This has been a long season for Elliot and one that has been important for a young player in his position to have a balance of challenging opportunities and experiences making the jump from U18 to senior level. ”

The full squad is:

1. RORY BRAND, LONDON IRISH

2. NICK DAVID, WORCESTER WARRIORS

3.  LEVI DAVIS, HARTPURY

4. JAMES GRAYSON, NORTHAMPTON SAINTS

5. TED HILL, WORCESTER WARRIORS

6. GABRIEL IBITOYE, HARLEQUINS

7. CAIREN KNIGHT, GLOUCESTER RUGBY

8. DINO LAMB, HARLEQUINS

9. BEN LOADER, LONDON IRISH

10. SAM MOORE, SALE SHARKS

11. JOE MORRIS, WORCESTER WARRIORS

12. ELLIOT OBATOYINBO, SARACENS

13. GABRIEL OGHRE, BATH RUGBY

14. ALEX SEVILLE, GLOUCESTER RUGBY

15. TOBY TRINDER, EXETER CHIEFS

16. JACOB UMAGA, WASPS

17. HENRY WALKER, GLOUCESTER RUGBY

18. ELLIOT WARD, YORKSHIRE CARNEGIE

19. BEN WHITE, TIGERS

20. MATT WILLIAMS, LONDON IRISH

21. JOSH WILLIAMS, NEWCASTLE FALCONS

22. LEWIS WILSON, YORKSHIRE CARNEGIE

23. CHARLIE WRIGHT, EXETER CHIEFS