Harry secures first England cap

A RUGBY player secured his first England cap after competing in the nation’s win against Ireland.

Harry Wilkinson, a student a Priestley College, regularly plays for Chester, but was called up for the England County U18s team in April.

“I missed out on selection originally so I was really pleased to be asked to play,” he said.

“It means a lot to play for my country so it was amazing to be standing their singing the national anthem.”

Harry, who studies BTEC Level 3 Sport at Priestley, trained for two days with the squad in Portsmouth ahead of the second test match.

He played in the second half of the match, which saw England secure a narrow victory 32-29.

Last week 6ft 5 Harry, who has previously trained with Warrington Wolves, said he wanted to secure more England caps.

Currently the 16-stone flanker is training up to four nights a week in the gym with two sessions on the pitch and a match in order to achieve his goal.

“At the very least I want to play national league on a regular basis,” said Harry, who attended Helsby High School.

“I plan to take a year out after college to work and then possibly go to university to study strength and conditioning.”

Nigel Howells, Head of Sport at Priestley, said: “We are very proud of Harry and of the fact we are able to support him through his studies as he continues to pursue his sport to the highest level.”