KING'S School rugby star George Drury has been selected for the England under-16 elite squad.
Drury’s elevation to the top level of the game at his age group places him in the top three scrum-halves in the country and he now has every chance of playing in the Four Nations youth tournament in Lyon in April.
The 15-year-old, from Knutsford, has been playing rugby since, as a six-year-old, he was taught the game by his dad Tom, who played for Bowdon RUFC.
Now a regular in the King’s First XV, even though he is two years younger than his team mates, Drury (pictured above) said: “My passing, kicking and general play is developing well but I’ve got to work on my vision and awareness of space if I am to achieve my ambition of playing the game at a professional level.”
He added: “I am a big fan of Danny Care at scrum half and Luke McAllister at centre and hope I can bring some of their explosive play into my own game.”
Drury is the second King’s scrum-half to make the England side with David Williams, who is now at Cardiff University, also making the top grade.
King’s Head of Rugby, Andy Rice, said: “George has a tremendous natural talent, he’s a wonderful ball player, but the professional game makes immense physical demands and George knows he will have to train hard to realise his full potential.”
Drury’s success comes at the same time that former King’s First XV stalwart Alex Waddingham, from Congleton, has been elevated to the 39-strong England Students’ Squad.
Andy Rice, who was formerly in the student squad, said: “This is also a fantastic achievement. The students’ squad used to be thought of as England B and all the top clubs will be looking to recruit from this pool of talented players.”