NatWest Schools Cup Academy Day squads announced

  • Former England international Mark Cueto selects U15 and U18 NatWest Schools Cup Academy Day players
  • The players will attend a training session with three England players on 22 May

Former England international and NatWest Schools Cup Ambassador Mark Cueto has selected 30 of the best players from the U15 and U18 NatWest Schools Cup competition to experience a day in the life of an elite player.

To ensure the very best of the next generation of England rugby talent, nominations were opened to all teams who played in the 2015/16 season of the U15 or U18 NatWest Schools Cup and Vase.

Once all player nominations had been made, Cueto picked the best of the best from each age group with 15 players at both U15 and U18 level chosen to take part in the elite training day.

“The level of quality in the applications for the NatWest Schools Cup Academy Day was extremely high, making my job very difficult,” said Cueto. “Of the 30 that have been selected, they all demonstrate true excellence in the way they have performed this season, making them a great addition to their schools’ team. I’m looking to meeting them all in person on 22nd May.”

The players will gather at the official training base for England Rugby, Pennyhill Park Hotel, on Sunday 22 May where they will be hosted by an England Rugby legend and treated to a training session with three current England players.

After the training session, Academy Day players will gain an insight into the analytics behind the game by studying video footage of the session with the England players and a leading sport scientist.