RUGBY: Five from Princethorpe selected for Wasps

Princethorpe College rugby players Connor Cooke, Sam Warne, Mason Winterburn, George Evans and Oscar Blunsom-Washbrook
Princethorpe College rugby players Connor Cooke, Sam Warne, Mason Winterburn, George Evans and Oscar Blunsom-Washbrook

Year 8 boys join U13s Developing Players Programme

Princethorpe Collge Year 8 boys Sam Warne, George Evans, Oscar Blunsom-Washbrook, Mason Winterburn and Connor Cooke have been selected into Wasps new Under 13 Developing Players Programme (DPP), which is no mean feat.

Enduring a tough first-round trial at Old Coventrians saw Evans and Washbrook’s star quality shine through. Within 24 hours they’d received an invitation into the academy. The fly-half and Number 8 have continually impressed as they’ve risen through the junior age groups. Indeed, all five are part of the unbeaten College U12A squad.

With 144 tries last season to their credit it’s not hard to see why Wasps have selected so many Princethorpe players. For Sam, Mason and Connor a second trial, this time in more difficult, wet conditions, gave them another chance to make up the selectors’ minds. And thankfully they did just that.

Wasps’ radar picks out young players who show potential on the pitch, not just through their skills but taking into account their game sense and capacity for hard work. Oscar explains: “It’s what I’ve always wanted to do, it’s just this selection came a bit earlier than I was expecting.” The boys agree but look fresh faced at the prospect of rugby dominating their evenings seven days a week. With Wasps DPP training taking place each Monday, George adds: “What we do with Wasps will help blend our play at Princethorpe.”

Princethorpe’s Master in Charge of Rugby Pete Bucknall shares the Year 8 boys’ delight: “This is a tremendous accolade for the boys and for the College. The skills they develop over the season will bring all sorts of advantages.”

Pictured are Princethorpe College U13 rugby players (from left) Connor Cooke, Sam Warne, Mason Winterburn, George Evans and Oscar Blunsom-Washbrook