Following his participation in Wellington International Rugby Festival, Bedford Modern School student Tom Hardwick was selected to play in the England U16 team against Wales at the Caerphilly County Borough Centre for Sporting Excellence on Sunday 19 April 2015, claiming a 34-0 victory.
Selection for the event started last May as part of a national development programme at U16 level and included divisional training camps. The selection team worked closely with regional academies and schools to ensure consistency in both coaching and performance.
Tom impressed during this prestigious event which led to his selection to the U16 England team. Patrick Jerram, Director of Sport at BMS said “This is a fantastic achievement for Tom who has worked particularly hard over the past 2 years to gain his selection. Hopefully, this will be just the start of his journey and ultimately fulfil his dream of playing rugby for the full England team.”
Following selection for the England U16 team Tom will have the opportunity to build his credentials in future England age-group squads.