A CULFORD school pupil has been picked to represent the England Elite under-16 rugby team for upcoming international matches against Italy and Wales.
Tristan Rawcliffe, 15, was chosen after he played in three inter-county matches for Eastern Counties rugby, which led to a trial for the London and South East division.
Following three training weekends and a final trial the full-back, who is studying nine GCSEs, was selected for the 25-man London and South East squad.
And concluding an England development training camp at Stowe school, Rawcliffe was drafted into the England Elite under-16 squad of 22.
Culford assistant headteacher Dave Watkin praised the youngster’s achievement and said: “Tristan is a super bloke and he works his socks off for the squad. He does the simple things really well and does not have a weakness.
“He is pacy, strong and a good decision maker. Above all, he has a fantastic attitude.”
The team face Italy in Parma tomorrow, before a match against Wales at Wellington College on Wednesday.