Yorkshire Carnegie Under-15s finished a successful season when they attended the RFU 12-a-side festival at Sheffield Hallam on May Bank Holiday Monday.

It had been incredibly difficult to select a squad for the festival as the standard of players had been so high throughout the training, the 26 players who made up the squad transferred the high standards set in training to the competitive arena in games against Sale Sharks, Worcester Warriors, Newcastle Falcons, Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers.

The team had set some specific targets and measures of success to judge themselves against – it was clear to see the improvement since the previous festival at Silcoates and the team performed their own video review today at the kirkstall training ground.

Ben Lazenby, Academy Manager for Yorkshire Carnegie said: “These players have been a pleasure to coach and have accepted each challenge we have put their way.  They have identified the way they want to play and how they want to be remembered as a group, these qualities were apparent in the festival and speaking to other academies and the England age grade coaches they have certainly made an impression. They will continue to get better under the tutelage of Danny Wild next season and I expect to see a few in the senior team in the future.”

Alex Grieve, Yorkshire Carnegie ERDPP Satellite Manager added: “This is an exciting group of players and I’m proud to have been part of their development.”

James Cunliffe, who coaches on the Under-15s programme said: “This group have a bright future at our club and it’s great to see the quality of player improve each year.”

In other news, Luke Pendlebury, who coaches the Under-15 had success himself as he returned from Twickenham victorious with his team Wath RUFC who won the RFU senior Vase final. “It was great to play at Twickenham and even better to bring the trophy back to Yorkshire,” said Pendlebury.

It was a great day for Yorkshire at Twickenham as Old Otliensians won their final, Wath RUFC won theirs and the Yorkshire County Under-20 won their final also.  Meanwhile in Ripon, a record breaking ERDPP festival took place with over 500 young players taking part in development rugby competition.