England call up for Thunder youngsters

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29th August 2017

Newcastle Thunder’s Alex Donaghy and Nathan Clemmitt have been named in the 19 man England squad to play Wales Under 16s this Saturday, after impressing at the recent England Rugby League National Performance Training Day.

Amongst some of the brightest u15s prospects in the country, the pair’s efforts will see them head into camp on Thursday in preparation for the game at Cardiff Met University (KO 14:30)

Both players have been a part of this years Under 16 Scholarship programme which has seen them competing up a year group against Super League opposition from Salford Red Devils, Leeds Rhinos, Wakefield Trinity.

Speaking about their call up to the performance day, Thunder’s Academy Manager, Michael Heap was full of praise for both the players and staff involved in the Scholarship programme.

He said “It is a very proud moment for not only Alex, Nathan and their respective families but also for all those who have been a part of their current development.

“A lot of credit must go to both players as they have been extremely consistent this year in their approach, continually leading the way with their high standards and effort levels.  They both still have a large amount of work to do in order to reach their potential but this is a timely reward for both to see that they are capable of competing as equals within the wider rugby league environment.

“I have no doubt that there are a large number of players within our pathway who are capable of the same.”

“A large amount of credit must also go to the volunteers involved in the development of both of these players from both Thunder and their community club Cramlington Rockets.  There are a number of people who are investing time in to the development of junior rugby league players in the North East and this is just a small indication of the improvements which are being made throughout the region.”

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