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Northampton Saints

Five pupils from the Royal Hospital School have been reselected by the U14 Northampton Saints Elite Players Development Group for the next rugby season.

 Tom Cornock Year 9 Raleigh
 Elliot Rayment Year 9 St Vincent
 Kev Tavainavesi Year 9 St Vincent
 Harry Pugh Year 9 Raleigh
 Zac Puckey Year 9 Raleigh

The Elite Player Development Groups identify and develop players in the Under-14, Under-15 and Under-16 age groups. Based in two centres – Northampton (East Midlands) and Stowmarket (Eastern Counties) – the EPDGs are managed by a head coach along with three support coaches.

The coaching curriculum at these centres will ensure that players who are aspiring to play for the Saints 1st XV are suitably educated and equipped with the essential physical foundations for being a professional sportsman. Players are then selected from the EPDG to attend the Junior Saints Academy sessions which are based at Franklin’s Gardens, home of the Saints. The EPDG programme is a major step onto the elite player development pathway.