Zac Puckey and Elliot Rayment, both U14 Northampton Saints Eastern Counties Elite Players Development Group (EPDG), played in the Saints vs Lambs (ISRFU) tournament on Sunday 3 November. Zac was also the only player there as part of both the Saints and Lambs squads.
Elliot and Zac both played in Saints shirts for Match 1 in which Saints Eastern Counties lost 7-22 to the National Independent Schools team. Zac was at number six in the first half, moving to number eight for the second half and Elliot played on the Wing.
Elliot played in Match 2, Saints Eastern Counties v Saints East Midlands, which was won quite comfortably by the East Midlands team, while Zac changed in to his Lambs strip.
In Match 3, Saints East Midlands v Lambs, Zac played for the Independent Schools winning team.
Richard Chadwick, rugby coach at the Royal Hospital School and for Saints Eastern Counties said
“The matches were played with fantastic pace and physicality and, despite blustery conditions, skills levels were what you would expect of National and Regional sides. The Lambs played their usual brand of running rugby while Saints Academy boys played with intelligence and structure, mixed in with direct running. I was really proud of our boys’ effort on the day. It was a great chance for them to get a taste of rugby at such a high level.”