Success for seven as Nottingham Rugby sign NTU Sport Scholars

At Nottingham Trent University (NTU), we're celebrating the success of our partnership with Nottingham Rugby after the Championship club announced the signings of seven NTU Sport Scholars to their 2016/17 squad.

At Nottingham Trent University (NTU), we're celebrating the success of our partnership with Nottingham Rugby after the Championship club announced the signings of seven NTU Sport Scholars to their 2016/17 squad.

The Green and Whites had already re-signed three Nottingham Trent scholars for a further season back in April, with Joe Green, George Trimmer and Calum Hall all remaining on board for the 2016/17 campaign.

Nottingham Rugby have now added a further seven NTU students to their first team squad, committing to, and reinforcing their developmental pathway links with the University.

Re-signing from last season are hooker Ben Brownlie and back-rower Josh Poullet.

Twenty-two-year-old Brownlie missed out a large portion of Nottingham's 2015/16 campaign through injury, making one league appearance and also featuring against Tonga in a pre-season friendly clash at Lady Bay. Poullet, also 22, was able to make a positive impact in his three British & Irish Cup appearances last season against Cardiff Blues, Cornish Pirates and London Welsh.

Five brand-new signings have also been confirmed, with second rower Ben Davis-Moore, blindside flanker Tim Cardall, promising back-three player Jack Spittle, fly-half Will Sutton and young prop Jamie Jack all combining their rugby and studies at NTU with professional rugby at The Bay.

Eighteen-year-old Davis-Moore begins his first year at NTU this autumn, having spent last season in the Worcester Warriors U18 set-up. Also beginning his first year is 19-year-old Cardall, who joins from Northampton Saints' senior academy.

Having come through the NTU pathway and heading into his fourth year at the University is 21-year-old Jack Spittle, while 19-year-olds Will Sutton and Jamie Jack both featured for the Nottingham Rugby Academy side last season, with Jack studying at Central College on a foundation degree course validated by NTU.

Neil Fowkes, the Head of Rugby at NTU and first XV coach at Nottingham Rugby, is clearly delighted with the ever-growing links between the two organisations.

"There is an increase from last season in the number of players that are going to be part of both NTU's programme and Nottingham's programme and this really helps to increase the profile of both parties," he said.

"We're into Prem A next year after being promoted last season and things are looking really positive, with lots of players that will either be in the first team or the academy side at Nottingham, but we look in a really good place and hopefully we're going to have another strong year."

Going on to speak about Alex O'Dowd's recent appointment as first XV assistant coach at the club and head coach at NTU, Fowkes added: "Alex has obviously got some fantastic experience in New Zealand, working at ITM Cup level with North Harbour but also working with the Auckland Blues with their age grade programmes.

"He'll bring some much needed support for myself in terms of developing our programme at NTU, he'll bring a lot of detail to that and hopefully work with some of the scholars that sit between Nottingham and NTU and help develop the individuals as well as the team."

High Performance Sport Officer, Letitia Price, affirmed the success of the sport scholarship programme at NTU. "The increase in the number of players that feature in both NTU and Nottingham Rugby's programme is a fantastic illustration of the integral partnership," she said.

"It is always the object to continually grow the superiority of a performance programme, and as the calibre of the NTU Rugby Scholars continues to grow from strength to strength, we can only expect both programmes to see the benefits of this.

"It is an honour to continuously work with these top level athletes, and I look forward to seeing the development of these players during their time at both NTU and Nottingham."

NTU Sport would like to congratulate the athletes on their success and wish them the best of luck in their upcoming season.

Success for seven as Nottingham Rugby sign NTU Sport Scholars

Published on 6 July 2016
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