12:00PM, Thursday 15 June 2017
Maidenhead RFC junior Cai Andrew has been selected to represent England u15s in an international touch rugby tournament in Dublin.
The 15-year-old, who has also played for Berkshire county u15s, will link up with the mixed u15s team for the international tournament in Ireland from August 18-20.
The Piggott School pupil, who plays scrum half, is one of a number of players from around the UK selected for his country following a series of development trials.
“He started at Maidenhead Rugby Club when he was five years old and the club have really inspired him with the role models they've managed to get down there,” said Cai’s mum Kirsty Andrew.
“This is very much a recognition of the club because he’s a product of everything they’ve done for him and all the volunteers who give up their time. It’s a great team achievement.
“I think he’s been selected because he’s got a good rugby brain.
“He reads the game well which is good for the scrum-half role.”
England are set to enter a number of squads in the touch rugby tournament with a mixed u18s side and boys and girls u18s teams also set to take part.
The players will get more opportunities to hone their skills at three England training camps, with the first two taking place in July in Warwick and Northampton and the third taking place in Reading in early August.
“He’s had his first proper training session with England and his England kit has been sponsored by Maidenhead RFC, so we thank them for that as well,” said Kirsty.
“The Piggott School have also been really good for him.
“He’s had fantastic PE teachers who’ve developed this life passion he’s had for rugby since he was in nappies really.”
The Maidenhead Mohawks player Josh Henderson has also been selected for the mixed u18s England team.
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