There is a new contingent in training at Hartpury this week, as the BUCS student players start their pre-season alongside the RFC squad.
Included in that number are plenty of players who are arriving at Hartpury for the first time and from all over the world, as Hartpury continues to benefit from the momentum generated through the successes of last season. 2016-17 saw our university sides performing well throughout the BUCS structure, topped off with double success in the inaugural BUCS Super Rugby competition, whilst the RFC achieved an historic 30 wins out of 30 played in National League 1.
Next week also sees a contingent of young players from the Gloucester Rugby Academy join RFC training for the first time this season. Included in that number are scrum-half Harry Randall (pictured), hooker Joe Mullis and prop forward Alex Seville, who all featured for England in the recent Under-20 Junior World Championship, whilst another outstanding young player, ‘back five’ forward Alex Craig, represented Scotland in the same competition.
They are joined by three-quarter Tom Seabrook, who has recently played for England in the Under-18 age group, and another scrum half, Charlie Chapman, who made his RFC debut towards the end of last season.
Randall, Seabrook and Chapman were also part of the Gloucester Rugby squad that performed well in last weekend’s Singha Premiership 7s competition.
Harry Randall played in a number of RFC fixtures last season and, although he and Alex Craig have now concluded their studies at Hartpury, the remaining four youngsters will be studying here and therefore eligible to play BUCS rugby at Hartpury, in addition to potential RFC involvement.
We welcome them and all players arriving – or arriving back – at Hartpury this week.