Bourne Grammar School lower sixth form pupils Adam Castle and James Thomas have represented Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire (NLD) at U18 level at rugby.
Although an achievement in itself, they have been competing a year above their respective age group. The Bourne Grammar School boys were two of six 16 year-olds in the squad that went on to play in the RFU Midlands Championship, beginning in September. There were four games in total, including a warm-up against Eastern Counties. Adam played in all four while James played in three. NLD won three of the four games, losing to East Midlands – a very strong side containing five Northampton Saints academy players, and beating Leicestershire and North Midlands.
Adam scored his first NLD try against Leicestershire in what was an entertaining game, played under floodlights. Both lads were presented with their championship ties after the match. Adam plays on the wing for NLD, but has covered at fullback, a position he plays for his club. James plays at scrum-half and both represent the Grammar School 1st XV as well as Spalding RFC U17s. The games were played under the watchful eyes of the Midlands selectors, a stepping stone to reaching full England representative honours. By the end of November, the players will know if they have earned trials.