Friday, 27 November 2020

Shiplake student selected

SHIPLAKE COLLEGE student Fili Savou has been selected to take part in the South West’s assessment day later this month.

SHIPLAKE COLLEGE student Fili Savou has been selected to take part in the South West’s assessment day later this month.

Over the last two months players in the Oxfordshire U18 pathway squad have prepared for a number of matches where they have been watched by regional and national scouts.

Travelling to Bristol Grammar school the squad, with a significant component of Shiplake players, played their last two games on Sunday.

Alex Collis and Bodie Deane were amongst a number of players competing for the number six shirt, Toby Howe looked to impress from scrum-half, Joe Carey aimed to demonstrate his pace and power on the wing whilst Savou intended to create from inside centre.

Carey ran in two tries in the first match as Oxfordshire outplayed Gloucestershire by four tries to two before losing 20-12 in their second game versus Devon. Carey scored another two tries in this match and must have been disappointed not to have progressed further after a memorable day when he crossed the whitewash on four occasions.

Ultimately it was Savou who progressed to the South West’s final assessment day on November 16.

Sam Beckett, Shiplake College’s director of rugby, said: “He is the force from Fiji in both attack and defence. He has astounding physical strength, outstanding acceleration and a devastating step.

“Incredibly Fili is a year young, he is an U17, so hopefully he should have bites at two cherries.”

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