Former Hartpury students Alex Craig and Louis Rees-Zammit have been named in squads for the up-coming Six Nations Championship.
Craig has been selected by Scotland, while Rees-Zammit will be looking to build on the start that he made to his Wales international career back in the autumn, during which he also picked up his first test try.
Craig, a lock forward, played for Hartpury in a talented AASE (Under-18) squad that won it’s national Championship, before signing an Academy contract with Gloucester Rugby.
He also had a limited involvement with BUCS Super Rugby as an undergraduate here, but played a more substantial part for the ‘the RFC’ during our inaugural Championship campaign in 2017-18. The past two seasons have seen him become a regular member of the first team squad at Kingsholm.
He played for Scotland at both Under-18 and Under-20 level, including at the Junior World Championship, and was called into the national squad for the first time a year ago. Injury kept him out of the autumn internationals. He has yet to make his full Scotland debut, but we hope that this is his year.
Rees-Zammit was also successful in AASE rugby, but ‘skipped’ the RFC experience by moving directly into the Gloucester first team squad after leaving college. He is rightly regarded as one of the outstanding young talents in world rugby.
Our other regular Welsh international, British & Irish Lions forward Ross Moriarty, is currently ruled out by injury, having undergone ankle surgery in early December.
With Ireland, Italy and England yet to name their Six Nations line-ups, we expect to have more good news soon!