Congratulations go to rugby players Tom Abbott, Tareeq Manji and Ryan Hendry on their selection to the East Northants rugby squad. It is the first time that Tom has been selected while Tareeq and Ryan successfully got through trials earlier this year and were re-selected. All three play for the U-15s Kettering RFC where they are coached by Andy Swinburne. Between 30 and 40 players went for trials and 25 were selected and their first fixture was at Stowe School. They have two tournaments and a few friendlies scheduled for this year.
Tom and Tareeq have both been playing for around 3 years while Ryan is more of a veteran having notched up 7 years in the sport. Tom said: I was really pleased to get through the trials as this is the first time I gone in for them. You just had to do game play such as running and passing and I really enjoy the sport.’
Ryan added: “I like the physical aspect of the sport and the camaraderie that you get as a team while Tareeq added: ‘The training for the East Northants squad has given me a few more techniques to try. The sport keeps you fit and keeps your stamina levels up.’