NEW College students earn England selection

NEW College students selected to play rugby for England: Left to right: Jack Render, Tom Egan, Alex Clegg.
NEW College students selected to play rugby for England: Left to right: Jack Render, Tom Egan, Alex Clegg.

Three talented students from NEW College Pontefract have successfully been accepted into the England Colleges rugby league team.

Tom Egan, Jack Render and Alex Clegg, all members of the Pontefract Titans CAT3 Academy, run by NEW College and Featherstone Rovers, were all selected after impressing in Yorkshire trials.

Ten players from the college’s premier rugby league team were selected for the Yorkshire trials and six made the final team.

Tom, Jack and Alex were then selected from the final team to play for the north squad from which the England team was picked.

Tom Egan has already experienced playing for England last year, but this will be the first time for year 12 students Jack Render and Alex Clegg.

Andrew Petch, head of rugby at NEW College, said: “This will be an incredible experience for our young players.

“I’m proud of all our team and they have all worked incredibly hard this season.

“Having a great partnership with Featherstone Rovers through the academy gives our players real opportunities, by studying with us but gaining the quality experience needed on the pitch that Rovers can provide.”

Featherstone Rovers and NEW College recently announced that they would work together through the creation of a joint category 3 academy.