Over the summer Nathan Clemmitt, Alex Donaghy and Fergus Simpson were accepted onto the Rugby League National Training Program day at York along with 55 other U15 players from a variety of Super League Clubs.
This was then cut to 21 for another session which ended up with 19 being selected for the England Rugby League U16 team. The team went into a training camp for 3 days to prepare for a game against Wales.
Both Alex and Nathan then made final cut into the playing 17 and both were in the starting line up. The game was England U15s fielding a young side against an experienced Wales U16 outfit, Wales coming out 18-10 winners.
This was a tremendous achievement for Newcastle Thunder to provide the 3rd largest contingent of players behind Wigan Warriors and Leeds Rhino’s and I’m sure no other school provided more than 2 players.
All three players return back to Newcastle Thunder academy for pre-season before Christmas. Alex and Nathan will be attending training sessions in December with the England U16 group and will tour France for a week early 2018.
A great achievement and we hope Alex and Nathan can build on their fantastic experience in the coming season.