Mar 21ST

Moulton Student skippers England to victory

Congratulations to Moulton student Tom Stephenson, on captaining England U18s to victory against Scotland! Tom captained the England Under-18s for the first time on Sunday 18th March 2012 and it was a good day for the 17-year-old as his side emerged 20-8 victors against Scotland. He has recently been recruited to the Saints Senior Academy for2012-13. Also, Moulton College students Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi and Reece Marshall have featured regularly for England U18 this year with Howard Packman also recently promoted to the squad.

Centre Stephenson, 17, has been a regular for both the Saints Academy and Wanderers this term and was delighted with the experience as a whole. “It was a great moment for me,” he commented. “I loved every minute of the whole weekend and to get the win as well just topped it off. I have captained a junior England side before, though it was not in a proper international so it was certainly a different experience for me. There’s a lot of added responsibility with the role but that’s something I enjoyed and hope to do again in the future. It was a massive honour.

"It’s obviously the highest level I can play at my age and the standard of opposition is pretty high. It’s a similar story within the camp and training though. We set the bar high and it’s something that along with my development at the Saints has been hugely positive. There’s constant contact between England and Alan Dickens and Mark Hopley at the Saints which makes both environments the best possible places for me to be learning."