Yorkshire Carnegie’s famous Academy production line of talent continues to go from strength to strength with six of the county’s brightest young prospects signing new contracts with the club.

Scrum half Joe Green, who attended Woodhouse Grove is the cousin of former Yorkshire Carnegie and current Bath scrum half Max Green. Prop Chris Jackson also attended Woodhouse Grove.

Winger Joe Gatus is a pupil at QEGS in Wakefield whilst hooker Adam Brown plays at Harrogate and attends St Peters in York.

Second row Tor Borrowdale is another player with family connections at Yorkshire Carnegie as he looks to follow in the footsteps of his brother Guy. He attended Tapton School and played his junior rugby at Sheffield RUFC.

Finally Prop Ben Carlile comes from East Yorkshire having attended Pocklington School and played at Hull Ionians.

New Yorkshire Carnegie Director of Rugby Chris Stirling believes the Academy system at the club is vital to the future success at all levels for the club. He commented, “I have been very impressed by the Academy set up here at Yorkshire Carnegie since my arrival and it is certainly on a par with the structures in New Zealand and in many areas world class with the level of expert coaching our young players are receiving across the entire county. I would like to welcome all six players to the Yorkshire Carnegie family and look forward to seeing them develop here.”

Ben Lazenby​, Yorkshire Carnegie Academy Manager, added, “We are delighted to have signed all six players to the Academy and look forward to seeing them continue their improvement at the club. This is the next stage of their rugby careers and all six players are a credit to their schools and clubs in how they approach the game.”

Commenting on the individual players, Lazenby added, “Chris Jackson has worked incredibly hard through a tough period of injury but his attitude and personal characteristics personify the standards that we look for at Yorkshire Carnegie. Chris is moving position from the back row to the front row and we hope that he can transfer his devastating carrying ability and defence to his positional move, where he has already displayed significant potential.

“Tor Borrowdale has impressed us with his athleticism since joining the academy, for such a tall lad he has a very good base around his mobility and flexibity, Tor will have a long term development plan over a 3-4 year period to allow his body to develop and allow his rugby ability to catch up and compliment his growth,” added Lazenby.

Player Development Coach Steve Salvin added, “Ben Carlile has excellent athleticism and speed for a loose-head prop and has natural leadership qualities. Ben captained our U18 Academy team through the academy league and we saw clear development around his set-piece and work-rate. Ben’s physical development is constantly improving and being exposed to a full-time environment will only benefit him.

“Adam Brown came into the Junior Academy relatively late but performed to an outstanding level on a consistent basis through the Academy League. Adam has natural size and footballing ability and with continued set-piece improvement and physical development has the all-round game to be an outstanding hooker,” added Salvin.

Scott Barrow, Player Performance Coach, gave his assessment of Joe Green and Joe Gatus. He added, “Joe Green has impressed with his attitude and performances in training and fixtures at U18. He is very coachable and has a great understanding of the game. Joe has displayed great core skills as a scrum half and we look forward to helping him develop further with his rugby career and his studies.

“Joe Gatus has been one of the first names on the team sheet for Academy League fixtures for two seasons. He has fantastic athletic ability and brings some real X Factor to the team. He is very academic and is hoping to achieve the A level results to study at Cambridge. He will continue his rugby development with Yorkshire Carnegie and we hope to see him push on to the Senior Squad pretty soon,” added Barrow.