May 15, 2017
Nottingham Rugby are pleased to announce that no fewer than nine Nottingham Trent University scholars will be part of the club’s first team squad for the forthcoming 2017/18 Greene King IPA Championship season.
Left to right, top to bottom: Calum Hall, David Williams, Tim Cardall, Alex Goble, Will Sutton, Jamie Jack, Ben Davis-Moore and Jake Farnworth.
Seven players from last season’s squad will return for the new campaign, whilst two new additions have been made to head coach Ian Costello’s side, as the club’s ever-growing relationship with the local University continues to develop.
Included in the returning seven, are the club’s Young Player of the Year award winner, centre Calum Hall (21), alongside winger David Williams (21).
Hall topped the NTU student appearance table for the Green and Whites in their 2016/17 campaign, featuring in 14 games and scoring 3 tries, whilst Williams came a close second, with 2 tries in 10 league and cup matches.
20 year-old lock Tim Cardall, winger Alex Goble (20) and fly half Will Sutton (20) all made 2 appearances each, whilst prop Jamie Jack (20) and second rower Ben Davis-Moore (19) are yet to make their first team debuts.
18 year-old scrum half Alex Crocker is also added, whilst 22 year-old freshman hooker Jake Farnworth begins his Law studies at NTU in the autumn, after previously featuring for Leicester Tigers, making one Premiership appearance against London Welsh in the 2014/15 season. The ex-England Under-20 then joined Birmingham Moseley for their 2016/17 National League One campaign, scoring 15 points in 24 matches.
Farnworth and Crocker aside, all seven players were instrumental in this year’s NTU’s BUCS North A Championship winning campaign, then going on to comfortably beat University of Bristol over a two-legged play-off to secure promotion to the prestigious BUCS Super League for next season.
Calum Hall in action at The Bay.
Head of Rugby at NTU and First XV Coach at Nottingham Rugby Neil Fowkes was clearly pleased to have such a large number of students choosing to continue their development with the club, saying:
“It’s just testament to how incredibly well the boys have done in their first year here at Nottingham Rugby. It’s gone really well for them. It’s very straight forward for us to bring them back into our programme because of the quality they have brought
“Some of the boys have had a lot of game time, others haven’t had as much but they’re vital members of our squad and enable us to train with the intensity we need. Hopefully over the next year to eighteen months, those guys will push through as well.”
Ian Costello was also keen to sing the praises of the joint venture between the two organisations and the massive benefits it brings to both parties, adding:
“The fact that Calum and David have played twenty-four Championship and B&I Cup games between them goes to show not only how successful this relationship with Nottingham Trent has been but also how important it is to us as a club.”
“We have a young squad here and NTU play a huge part in helping us create a focused and professional developmental pathway and now with Super League rugby on offer next season, we expect to make further strides forward over the next twelve months.”
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