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Nottingham Rugby add nine NTU Scholars

We are pleased to announce that no fewer than nine Nottingham Trent University scholars will be part of Nottingham Rugby's first team squad for the forthcoming 2017/18 Greene King IPA Championship season.

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Calum Hall in action for Nottingham Rugby

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 our ever-growing relationship with the Nottingham Rugby 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 three tries, whilst Williams came a close second, with two tries in ten league and cup matches.

20 year-old lock Tim Cardall, winger Alex Goble (20) and fly half Will Sutton (20) all made two 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 to the squad, whilst 22 year-old hooker Jake Farnworth begins his Law studies here 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 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.

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 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, Heach Coach of Nottingham Rugby, 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 focussed 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.”

Nottingham Rugby 2017/18 Season Tickets remain on sale, at discounted early-bird rates, until Friday 19th May.

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Nottingham Rugby add nine NTU Scholars

Published on 15 May 2017
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