Two Upper Sixth formers have joined the long list of names to join up with an England squad from Bedford School after being selected for the England Under-18 Rugby Development Squad.
Jonny Weimann and Ben Agbenu joined the forty strong camp at Bisham Abbey at the end of October and were put through their paces as their journey towards professional rugby continues.
“I felt honoured and excited to have been given the opportunity to train and be a part of a more professional set-up at international level”, said Ben, reflecting on his experience.
“I also enjoyed the camp immensely. It was a step up from anything I had ever experienced (until I trained with the senior team at Northampton) due to the skills on show, physicality and speed.
“I learned that the team is all about moving the ball and creating 1v1s. This allows players like me to beat defenders and simply go forwards.”
“The camp was a much higher intensity than I am used to, and it was more professional regarding the recovery and the meetings”, added Jonny as the pair now look towards following in the footsteps of the Bedford old boys.
George Furbank and Fraser Dingwall have both been regulars in the Northampton Saints set up alongside the likes of Kayde Sylvester who is in the academy team but has turned out for Bedford Blues alongside another former Bedford School student in Jamie Elliott.
Both Agbenu and Weimann are hoping to reach the same heights, as well as match Furbank’s achievement of an England cap, alongside their studies.
A third Upper Sixth Former, Aiden Ainsworth-Cave has also been a part of England this year but missed this camp as he is currently injured.