Monday, 08 August 2022

Chandler awaits England decision

SHIPLAKE COLLEGE’S Max Chandler has trained and played for the England U16 divisional side.

SHIPLAKE COLLEGE’S Max Chandler has trained and played for the England U16 divisional side.

Players from all four geographical regions had been selected for further training and assessment.

After two days of training Chandler was selected as loosehead prop for the north. The names of the teams meant little as the selectors produced two evenly matched sides.

Conditions at Hartpury College, Gloucester were treacherous underfoot and scrummaging was particularly difficult.

A strong scrum from Chandler and his northern compatriots produced a penalty, with the Southern scrum standing up.

From the ensuing penalty the North ran a slick set-piece from their prepared plays which resulted in their fly half sliding over the line for the game’s opening try.

Even though the North extended their lead with a second try Chandler had few opportunities to show his ball-handling skills as he was primarily busy with defensive duties as the South looked to work their way back into the game.

The South fought back with a try to make it 10-5 but on a day of difficult conditions neither of the kickers were able to slot a successful conversion. Chandler now has to wait to discover if he will be selected for the England Elite, A or B squads. Although he is not currently playing club rugby he is being kept fit by rowing in the J16s at Shiplake College.

Sam Beckett, head of rugby at Shiplake College said: “Max has improved dramatically over the last 18 months, working on his core skills, fitness and scrummaging.

“Max has all the key attributes of a top front row player, and he has a vital 18 months ahead of him in his rugby development. Playing in the England U16 squad would give him the opportunity to play against players that will test him technically as well as physically. Max has the desire, the mental attitude to take him to the top, he now just needs the opportunity to show what he can do on the field.”

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