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Former Barnstaple youth player Nik Harris selected for England under-16 rugby squad

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: February 07, 2013

SELECTED: Nik Harris, of Westward Ho!

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A FORMER Barnstaple youth player has been selected for the England under-16 rugby squad.

Nik Harris, of Westward Ho!, impressed the selectors when he played for the South West team in the RFU's Under-16 Divisional Festival at Broadstreet, Coventry, at the weekend.

Nik, a forward, was encouraged to play rugby at St Michael's School, Tawstock, and joined the youth section at Barnstaple.

He has since secured a sports scholarship at Sherborne School, in Dorset, has played for the Dorset and Wiltshire team and trains with the Bath Academy.

Nik said: "A lot of this is down to Jules Hydleman, Harry Roberts, Kipper Sluman, Mark Clayton and Jeremy Chugg, who encouraged me to give the sport a go.

"To have the opportunity to wear a white jersey is just a dream come true."

The England squad will play against Italy under-17s at Lichfield, Staffordshire, on April 1 and Wales under-16s at Oxford University on April 6.

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