Daniel Wheatley picked to play rugby for England
5th March 2014

Daniel Wheatley a Year 11 pupil from Steyning Grammar School has recently been selected to play for England in the London & South East under 16’s divisional squad.  Recently he attended a three day training camp in Coventry at the Broadstreet Rugby Football Club.  This training session was a pre-runner to the match played against the England North under 16’s divisional squad, resulting in a draw.

Daniel said: “This was really good experience to play at this high level in the sport, and I really enjoyed it.”

Daniel started playing rugby when he was 10 years old playing for his local club in Pulborough.  He had friends from school that played for the club so he thought he would give the sport a go.

Since then he has played for the Sussex under 15 and under 16 squad, an experience that has played a massive part in his career and in the selection process for the South East squad.  Daniel recognises that he owes a great deal to the coaches at the squad for their support.

Daniels has also trained with the Harlequins Academy, a professional team representing Surrey, Sussex and Inner London teams.  The academy is for players aged 13 and over that have both the ability and desire to progress through a development programme aiming to equip them for a career in professional rugby.  Places on the academy are only offered to the very best players.

Last season he moved to Brighton Rugby Club, here the coaches here have really helped build his skill level and confidence. 

Daniel currently plays ‘loosehead prop’.  He said:  “I like being at the front, it’s a very physical position, my job is to win the ball and to secure the ball for the team, which is an important position for the team.

“My role model is Cian Healy who plays for Leinster and Ireland, who is also a ‘loosehead prop’, I admire his work rate and his physicality and how he works the game.”

At Steyning Grammar School Daniel has played for the school rugby team, in Year 9 they won the league trophy and in Year 10 they won the district tournament.  Daniel also played for the Year 11 team helping them get through to the final of the district competition.

Mr Luke Talbot, Head of Physical Education at Steyning Grammar School said: “   Daniel is an excellent example of the type of positive students that we have representing the school. He is a model student as well as a fantastic sportsman who younger students can aspire to be like.  Daniel’s most impressive quality is his ability to take setbacks and constructive criticism in his stride, learn from them and improve.  “

Daniel is very focused on his game and says: “In the short term I am looking forward to playing against Italy’s under 17’s team at Wellington College in April as part of the BMW International Festival.  From that I hope to be picked for the England under 16 ‘A team’ or the England under 16’s ‘Saxon team’.

“But I play the sport to enjoy it, so I will take it as it comes along and see how it goes.  I am really just going to keep working hard.”


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About Steyning Grammar School:

A thriving comprehensive day and boarding school for students ages 11-19 set in the beautiful countryside of the South Downs, with close links to Brighton and the South Coast. The school has an intake in Year 7 and 9 and a successful Sixth Form College, offering both A Levels and the International Baccalaureate. An OfSTED ‘good with outstanding features’, students are extremely keen to learn and this is reflected in good examination results.

Steyning Grammar School has had the proud tradition of boarding provision since 1614. It boasts some of the finest and most modern facilities of any state or private boarding school. Following a three day inspection by Ofsted in October 2012, SGS Boarding was once again judged as 'Outstanding'. Very few schools achieve such a judgement and SGS Boarding is the first Outstanding State Boarding School in the country to achieve this grade under the new inspection framework.  The inspection report reinforces the popularity of Steyning Grammar School as demand from the UK, as well as overseas, continues to rise. The education is free to parents and families with just the very modest boarding costs to cover.

Full details can be found on the school’s website

Steyning Grammar School will be celebrating 400 years of excellence during the academic year 2013-2014, visit SGS400 website  for more details or to register your interest in the events. 

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