Guy gets an England call

STAMFORD School's Guy Michels has been selected for a coveted place in the England Under 16 rugby squad.

Michels will participate in two training weekends before heading to a rugby festival in April at Millfield School where the England team will face Scotland, Romania, France and the USA. Selection for one of these matches would bring his first international cap.

Michels has made his way up through the systemover the years, representing Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshireand most recently the Midlands at theDivisional Championship.

He hopes to become the latest in a long line of international rugby caps from Stamford School which includes Simon Hodgkinson and MJK Smith as well as more recently Nick Palmer (Under 16s) and Alistair Newmarch (England Students).

Michels said: "I'm really happy. This is a fantastic opportunity for me and hopefully the best bit is still to come.

"There's a great deal of work still to do, but it doesn't get any better than representing your country."

David Laventure, master-in-charge of rugby at Stamford School, was delighted that the 16-year-old had been honoured with an England call-up.

He added: "We are all really proud at the school. Guyhas worked very hard and fully deserves this recognition.

"He has developedsignificantly as a player this season and, playing up in the First XV, hasprepared him for a muchfaster and more physical game.

"We have already had two Old Stamfordians play at World Cups, so who knows?"