Hartpury Rugby Academy alumni in Six Nations
By Sarah Wood
Eleven former Hartpury students and Men's Rugby Academy alumni have been named in team selection announcements by England, Wales, Scotland and Italy, ahead of this year's Six Nations Championship.
Jonny May, Jonny Hill, Ellis Genge and Harry Randall will be part of an impressive line-up for England. All four are former Hartpury College and/ or Hartpury University students, who were developed through the Hartpury dual career pathway, allowing students to benefit from Sports Academy training while studying for a diploma or degree.
Former Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance and Excellence) in Rugby students Ross Moriarty, Alex Cuthbert and former Rugby Players Association's Young Player of the Year Louis Rees-Zammit will feature for Wales.
Hartpury University BA (Hons) Sports Business Management graduate Sebastian Negri features in the Italy squad, alongside former Hartpury College student Callum Braley. Stephen Varney, a former college and university student, rounds up the alumni trio for Italy.
Scotland has announced the inclusion of Edinburgh Rugby professional and former MSc Coaching Science (now MSc Sports Coaching) student Ben Vellacott.
Tom Radcliffe, director of elite sport at Hartpury, said: "Many congratulations to all 11 of our former students who've been selected ahead of the Six Nations Championships. It's an incredible honour for the players to be representing their countries and we're proud to have been lucky enough to follow their progression and development over the years.
"Their achievements highlight the continuing success of our rugby pathway with college rugby, university rugby and Championship rugby all in one place. I must also commend the work of our rugby coaching staff, who have all had a major influence in the development of our players."
The well-established rugby pathway at Hartpury - a RFU University Partner - means that, alongside their studies, students can play for Hartpury College, then Hartpury University and its Championship club Hartpury University RFC.
More than 200 Hartpury alumni have played international rugby or signed professional contracts around the world.
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