He commented, “It’s very important to keep developing the association with Leeds Beckett.  It’s been a tremendous link so far and key for both students and players to have sport as part of their natural development process and we hope that through the partnership rugby union in our region will continue to thrive.

“Professional player development pathway is crucial in developing young players and with the combined university and club programmes, we can genuinely say we are giving opportunities for both sporting and educational talent.”