School sport: Trinity’s magnificent seven star in ESF Lions tour

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Rugby Lions pounced on the opposition as four schools united to form an elite tour squad.

Students from Trinity Academy in Thorne were aiming to be the pride of their school after joining forces with fellow Emmanuel Schools Foundation pupils in a 24-strong Lions team for their annual Scottish rugby tour.

The ESF team, made up from the best under-16s players selected from Trinity, The King’s Academy (Middlesbrough), Bede Academy (Blyth) and Emmanuel College (Gateshead) competed against Longridge Towers, Berwick, The High School of Glasgow and North Berwick High School during their recent week-long stay.

Trinity learning support assistant Jon Chapman, assistant coach on the tour, said: “Rugby is a very important part of our sporting curriculum at Trinity.

“Every year group has a team and it is also a main part of our inter-house sports.

“Competition to get into the ESF Lions team in Year 11 was very fierce.

“Not only are students competing against players in their own academy, but also from three other schools so it was a great privilege for us to have seven players awarded places on the tour.”

(Pictured l-r above) Jack Cuttell, 16, Kieran Wood, 15, Jordan Linley, 15, Michael Kulawik, 15, Alec Hanson, 15, Gregory Edgely, 15 and Jared Roach, 15, made it into the squad.

As well as playing the three games the team were also given a tour of Murrayfield Stadium before watching Edinburgh Rugby take on Treviso.