More congratulations! This time they go to Billy Burns who becomes the eighth former Hartpury University RFC player to be called into a 2020 Guinness Six Nations squad after he was named by new Ireland Head coach Andy Farrell.
It is a justified reward for Billy, who has been in great form for the Irish province of Ulster, since moving there ahead of the 2018-19 season. Prior to that, he had established himself as a genuine contender for the Number 10 shirt at Gloucester Rugby, his only previous professional club.
Billy was a Hartpury College student from 2010 until 2012. It was a very productive era for our Under 18 Junior Academy, with players such as Ross Moriarty, Elliott Stooke, Callum Braley, Ellis Genge, Lewis Ludlow and Jonny Hill all coming through at around the same time.
After finishing his academic programme here, Billy then played an important role for Hartpury RFC in the National League, in particular during the 2013-14 season, when Hartpury won promotion into National 1.
Appearances were few and far between after that, due to his growing first team involvement at Gloucester, however we remain very proud of the part that we played in Billy’s development and of what he has achieved since.