Two talented members of the East Durham College rugby scholarship programme passed through trials for the England college rugby squad.
Lee Little, a second row lock, and Liam Armstrong, who plays in the back row, travelled to Telford, Shropshire, to represent the North of England Colleges’ rugby team in a series of matches against college representative sides from the Midlands and the South East.
The games also acted as trials for the England college squad’s 37-man squad and the 18-year-olds were both selected.
They now hope to play in upcoming matches against the Welsh Charitables, an under-20 colleges and schools representative side, and the Irish Exiles, another under-20 colleges and schools’ representative side.
Lee said: “I can’t wait to meet with the national squad.
“I’m really nervous, but I am sure it will be a fantastic experience.”