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In the first week of the Easter holidays, 400 of the countries best U16 rugby players assembled at Wellington College. They were there to represent their rugby academies in a week of rugby development, which also serves as an opportunity to assess and pick the England U16 side.
St John’s had three players representing Harlequins in attendance: Will Sanders (Upper Fifth, Churchill), Jack Musk (Upper Fifth, West) and Tom Davison (Upper Fifth, West).
The five days were bookended with a high level of matches played against other academies, with the middle part of the week given over to advice on nutrition, strength and conditioning, lifestyle management and of course GCSE revision.
All three performed superbly and gained a tremendous amount both on and off the pitch. The headline however goes to Jack Musk, who has been selected to start at hooker for England U16 against Wales U16 on April 17th.
Jack was the '1st XV Players Player of the Season' and his selection was just reward for an outstanding individual. He has put in extra work over the past six months that many have not seen in order to give himself the best opportunity of selection. The sevens season, where St John’s reached the Rosslyn Park quarter finals for the second consecutive year, had clearly helped in sharpening him up and he excelled both on and off the pitch at the festival.
Head of Rugby at St John’s Chris Roberts said: ‘All three lads are a wonderful advert for the school and we look forward to supporting Jack as he makes his international debut this weekend.'
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