Three Felsted rugby leavers have been selected for the Gallagher Premiership Senior Academy 2020 Intake, the highest intake from any one school.
Tristan Smith, Sam Bryan and Alex Wardell, who all finished their Sixth Form careers in 2020, were all part of the Felsted 1st XV as well as being part of the Saracens U18 rugby academy. Sam, the former Felsted 1st XV Captain, and U18 Saracens Academy Captain, alongside Tristan were also selected for the England U18 Development Camp earlier this year with Sam touring and captaining England last summer to South Africa.
Felsted’s Director of Rugby, Andrew Le Chevalier (ex-Wasps) comments; "I have been in contact with Saracens who have been delighted with the boys. They have had a really positive start to their professional career, impressing in the recent mid-season training camps. I look forward to watching their careers closely as all three have the ability to play at the highest level."
It is exciting times for the boys as they join former Felstedian and teammate Ollie Stonham, a current member of the Saracens Senior Squad, who will be able to offer them support during their first few months of professional rugby.
Meanwhile current Saracens U18 player Obinna N, age 17 from Hornchurch, has been selected for the England Rugby Development Camp, one of just 22 players in the South. Obinna is a key member of Felsted 1st XV and made a big impact with Saracens U18 academy last season. The South camp will take place in Bristol on 3 and 4 October, depending on Covid-19 regulations.
Obinna Comments; “It felt so surreal to be selected and I didn’t quite know how to react; it’s definitely a moment I will cherish!”
Rugby is a strong discipline at Felsted, with success at every level over the last few years. Overseen by former Wasps player Le Chevalier, the school currently holds partnerships with Saracens and Northampton Saints, helping build a pathway to success for current players at all levels. Many pupils play for league academies and a number of former Felstedians play at professional level including Ehren Painter (Northampton Saints) and Rory Hutchinson, who represented Scotland in the opening Six Nations game against Ireland earlier this year.