Trial honours for the junior red and greens

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FOLLOWING recent County Trials and scouting by the RFU Player Development team, a number of junior players from Market Rasen Louth RFU have been awarded representative honours.

School of Rugby Honours: Under 14 - Jake Jordan and Zak Poole.

Lincolnshire County honours: Under 13 - Harvey Salmon, Sam Pace, Andrew McNeil and Liam McStay; Under 14 - Dexter Albone and Barney Jeffery; Under 15 - Barney White.

With limited numbers being able to be put forward, it is becoming difficult for the coaches to decide from the increasing pool of talent at the club. Whilst the senior teams climb the league ladder, the future of the club lies with more talent coming through the youth structure and Rasen now sees its fair share of representative honours in the region.

The Lincolnshire County Squad training programme is run for those in Under 13s, 14s and 15s at regional centres over the winter, culminating in competitions against Nottinghamshire RFU and Derbyshire RFU at the end of November.

With around 25 in each squad, players are eligible for selection if they play at a club, are schooled or live in Lincolnshire.

The programme supports the School of Rugby and players can move in and out of both programmes.

The School of Rugby (SoR) programme is run by Notts, Lincs and Derbys RFU (NLD) and aims to identify and develop young players and athletes who have potential to play at the higher levels of the game in England.

The programme is supported by the Rugby Football Union and Leicester Tigers and selected players will attend nine sessions during September to April. NLD currently has one School of Rugby for ages Under 13 to Under 16.

The programme is a first step on the player pathway into the England Rugby Academy system through the Elite Player Development Group (EPDG), which is run by Leicester Tigers as the next step up from Schools of Rugby.

The EPDG programme is supported by the Rugby Football Union and NLD. NLD has one Elite Player Development Group for ages Under 14 to Under 16.

At the end of the Under 16 programme players with the right ability or potential are invited into the Leicester Tigers Academy.

Whilst both SoR and EPDG programmes look to identify and develop players for the Elite Game, it is also well recognised that the programmes will undoubtedly be developing the next leaders in the community game within NLD.