Tuesday, 01 December 2020

Howe sets up tries on his full England debut

SHIPLAKE COLLEGE’S Tom Howe made his debut for England U18s at Darlington last Saturday.

SHIPLAKE COLLEGE’S Tom Howe made his debut for England U18s at Darlington last Saturday.

Howe, who set up three tries for England as they ran out 57-13 winners, said: “We had a full day’s training on Friday and a lot of the training ground moves worked on Saturday. I love playing with those guys in the England team, the handling is so slick and they run such good support lines.”

Scotland rallied at the start of the second-half, having conceded six tries in the first-half, and substitutions disrupted the flow of the game but England still crossed the line on a further three occasions to seal an emphatic victory.

Howe now travels to Grenoble in France for the international match versus Portugal in the FIRA/AER European Championship later in the month, where he will be joined by Henley College student Harry McCartney who has been called up to the squad.

McCartney, who moved to Henley two years ago from Tring RFC to further his rugby career, said: “I have enjoyed my time at college and it has allowed me to play against the best in the country. I always felt confident that I would make the selection and simply put my head down and worked.

“The training programme and fitness we do at college through AASE has equipped me to compete at the highest level of schoolboy rugby.”

Henley College’s head of rugby, Martin Unsworth, described McCartney as a dogged and determined player and added: “We are delighted by Harry’s progress and this call-up is thoroughly deserved.”

McCartney joins a growing number of Henley College students who have received recognition for their rugby talents.

In recent years students have also gone on to play for England A, the England Sevens and Wales Sevens teams as well as London Wasps, Saracens, Sale and Harlequins.

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