James Davies (L6, H) has been training with the Gloucester U18s this season and over Half Term was one out of two players asked to train with the Gloucester senior team in the build up to their LV match with Saracens. As part of his ongoing work within Gloucester Academy, James was also selected to start on the wing for the Gloucester A team (effectively their second team) at just 16 years old.
James said, “My experience over these last two weeks has been both eye opening and extremely enjoyable. Being part of an Anglo-Welsh Cup game against the Saracens and playing for the Gloucester A team against Oxford University have been experiences I will not forget.
“Despite such a short introduction to both squads I felt at home. Walking into the changing rooms and out onto the pitch at Kingsholm was such an exhilarating feeling and one that I will always cherish and be thankful for. The feeling out on the pitch and training in front of a family of Gloucester supporters was so nerve-wracking but at the same time gave me handfuls of confidence for the match against Oxford University and it made me realise how privileged I was to be playing. It was an amazing 75-minute experience and I truly hope there are more to come.”
James follows hot the heels of Old Cheltonian and current Gloucester Rugby player, Ollie Thorley's (BH, 2015) success, who was the youngest ever player and try scorer for Gloucester Rugby's senior team. We wish James the best of luck for the future.