Huddersfield rugby union player Harry Clarke captains QEGS to national sevens victory

Win over Wellington College in final

The winning QEGS team in the national rugby sevens at Rosslyn Park, where they beat Wellington College. Captain was Harry Clarke of Scholes in Huddersfield. Left to right, Front row: Connor Field, Harry Clarke, Harry Graham; Back row: Jack Levine; George Thompson; Henry Atkinson; Seb Wood; Henry Longhurst; Tom Kay; Harry Watts; Elliot Ward

A quintet of young Huddersfield players are celebrating being national champions.

The five were part of the side from the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Wakefield which won the Colts National Rugby Sevens tournament at Rosslyn Park.

Led by captain Harry Clarke, from Scholes, near Holmfirth, QEGS defeated Wellington College 26-5 in the final, to come out on top in the largest schools’ tournament in the world.

The 160 teams who took part included international sides, with London Wasps skipper Andy Goode presenting the trophy at the end of two days of competition.

In addition to Clarke, the QEGS team included Huddersfield RUFC Under 16 players Jacob Glover and Seb Wood and two Yorkshire caps, Tom Kay and Connor Field.

Clarke said: “The tournament was brilliant.

“When we went there we were just trying to get through to the second day, so to go all the way was great.

“The whole squad was brilliant. The guys that came in with fresh legs made an impact on the games and everyone did really well.”

England scrum half Danny Care, also in attendance, applauded the youngsters’ achievements. and said: “The talent on show has been really good. There are definitely a few fliers and star players around.”

Newport Gwent Dragons have signed veteran ex-Wales and Ospreys lock Ian Gough from London Irish for 2014-15.

Boss Lyn Jones has also signed Scottish tight-head prop Dave Young, 29.

Gough, 37, has previously played for Newport RFC and won the first of his 64 Wales caps in 1998.

“Recent reports on Welsh regional rugby have been negative but I see the Dragons as being one of the positives to come out of it,” said Gough.

 
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