Richmond boys in the scrum for rugby success

Barnard Castle Prep School boys George Spink, left, and Max Pepper, who are being groomed for glory on the rugby pitch
Barnard Castle Prep School boys George Spink, left, and Max Pepper, who are being groomed for glory on the rugby pitch

TWO young rugby players are in the scrum as the North of England searches for its elite.

George Spink of Middleton Tyas, near Richmond and Max Pepper from Eggleston, have been selected for the Independent Prep Schools U11 Northern Rugby Squad following trials involving schools from all over the region.

The two Barnard Castle pupils both aged 10, will play in a national tournament at Rugby School against the South, the Midlands and the South West in March.

Max, the U11 captain, will start at full back, while George will cover all the forward positions as one of the reserves. 

Both boys started playing competitive rugby for their school at U9, enjoying early success at the prestigious Bradford Grammar School Tournament. 

During their U10 season they won the renowned Clegg Cup held at Barnard Castle School.

Deputy head and head of rugby for the Prep School Nick Seddon said: “We’re very proud of the boys and this weekend is just reward for all their hard work during the season and testament to the high standard of play they have achieved.” If successful at Rugby, they will be invited to join a national squad to tour Dublin later in March.

George, said: “This weekend means the world to me. Rugby is everything and I hope to play for England one day.”

Max added: “It’s quite nerve racking but an amazing opportunity and we both hope to make everyone proud.”