Dan Hyams and Ollie Fewtrell were presented with their England caps this week to mark their selection for the 2012/13 England U18 Clubs and Schools Squad. Both boys played for NLD U18s in the 2012 Midlands Championship and went on to trial and play for Midlands U18s, from where they were selected for England.
Former Mellish player Dan (pictured left), was presented with his cap at Mellish RFC by past club President Syd Harris who said that he was very proud to be asked to make the presentation, having known Dan as a young player since he started playing rugby as a junior at the club. Further recognition of Dan’s achievement came when he was named as Gedling’s Sportsperson of the Year 2013. Dan currently Plays for Ilkeston RFC and Nottingham Academy but is looking eventually to move to either Hartpury or Macclesfield, where he may once again link up with Ollie.
Ollie, who played his junior rugby at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School Ashbourne, was presented with his cap by Roger Wilkes, former Head teacher at QEGS and NLD representative at the England Rugby Football Schools Union (pictured left). Roger praised Ollie, stating that he and the School were very proud of the achievement, adding that Ollie was one of the most talented players the School had produced. Ollie is currently studying Sports Science at Leeds Metropolitan University and is enjoying a busy pre-season at Macclesfield RFC.
John Jefferson, NLD U18 Midlands Representative, says “The NLD U18 Management Team also wish to congratulate the players on their achievement and are proud to continue to produce players who progress to the Midlands and England squads. We wish them both every success in the future”.