Wigan and Leigh College students aim to make the grade with regional honours

Tom Davies has secured a deal with Wigan Warriors

Tom Davies has secured a deal with Wigan Warriors

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Four Wigan and Leigh College students have been shortlisted to represent the North West in the country’s Regional Rugby League Championships in May.

Eighteen-year-olds Joe Lorimer (loose forward), Chris Meredith (second row) and Jack Burdon (prop), together with Ryan Gray (wing), 17, have all been selected for the initial 33- man squad.

So far we have had a fantastic season, winning all our league games, and we hope to finish off in the same way

Rugby Development Programme Coach Gareth Hayes

The quartet, who study on the College’s Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport, impressed the NW and Cumbria Management Team following a competitive trial process held at Chorley Panthers.

The squad will then be trimmed down to 27 for a friendly against Liverpool John Moores University on Wednesday April 22 before being cut to 20 ahead of the Championships on Wednesday May 6.

Meanwhile, 17-year-old sport student Tom Davies is also celebrating after penning a one year deal with Wigan Warriors. The full-back from Standish impressed Wigan under-19 coaches during a trial period in which he scored an impressive try against Warrington Wolves, racing 50 meters to score under the posts.

The news comes shortly after two other students, Jack Hansen and Elliot Liku-Downs, both signed professional contracts with Leigh Centurions prior to the start of the Kingstone Press Championship season.

Rugby Development Programme coach, Gareth Hayes, said: “I’m delighted for Tom who has already impressed in the Warriors under-19 squad. He certainly has a bright future ahead of him.

“All the lads who have been selected for the North West and Cumbria side should also be very proud. The selection process involved the best players from every College and Sixth Form in the North West.

“So far we have had a fantastic season, winning all our league games, and we hope to finish off in the same way.

“Our Centre of Sporting Excellence at Leigh Sports Village is going from strength to strength and I would urge any year 11s, who are looking to continue playing rugby at college, to get in touch.”