As the summer holidays commence, three recent leavers from Ellesmere College Sixth Form students have all begun training in earnest at the start of their professional rugby playing careers.
The former Ellesmere College Rugby Academy Scholars and 1st XV Rugby Team players, Sam Lewis - Worcester Warriors, Joel Galley - Llanelli Scarlets and James King - Ospreys, have now entered the world of fitness testing, nutritional measurement and a level of supervision they have never previously experienced. Their contracts prevent them playing rugby outside of that sanctioned by the clubs and certain other sports are banned such as skiing, to prevent unnecessary injuries.
Accommodation has been arranged for them by the clubs and they are now getting used to rubbing shoulders with international players. Paul Goodwin, Ellesmere College Rugby Academy Director commented, 'It is a massive step up from training alongside their schoolboy mates to training alongside their international heroes. The next few years are going to be crucial in their development, as they combine a reduced workload of university study with playing Academy rugby. As Sam Lewis has already suggested, it is a little scary to think that just two players injured would mean Sam moving into the Worcester squad for Premier League matches.'
11th July 2008 Back to News