This year has been a fantastic start to the Junior Academy at Newport High School. Whilst no silver ware has been collected the overall development of the students both as individuals and players has been more than we could hope for. They have represented the school and the region impeccably on every occasion showing diligence in their studies and professionalism in their approach to rugby. Repeatedly receiving praise from every oragnisation they have come into contact with. Winning all bar a few close matches during the season and finishing strongly at the Rosslyn Park Sevens tournament where the team were amongst the youngest players in attendance has to be applauded. Individual honours have also come thick and fast with many reaching levels of achievement well beyond their years.
Newport High Players Achievements 2012-13
Joeseph Davies has represented Newport RFC in the Premiership & Pontypool RFC in the Championship as well as being a member of the Dragons Senior Academy
Ben Snell & Ryan Wilson have been invited to join the Dragons Senior Academy for summer training.
James Tucker, Ryan Wilson & Connor Goode have been selected for the Wales under 18â€™s 7â€™s development squad.
Connor Goode, Ben Snell, Ryan Wilson, Joe Davies, Blain Meek, Harrison Fry, Curtis Ayling & Ben Davies all played for the Dragons under 18â€™s this season.
James Sully, Jack Vaughan, Adam Tetley, Kieran Jenkins, Jamie Ridgeway,Trafford Squire & Jamie Hunter played for the Dragons Under17â€™s
Evan Ash, Liam Kelly, Jamie Ridgeway & Jack McDonald have also represented Gwent Youth this year.
This individual success and achievement is as important to the programme if not more so than team honours and we are confident that next season will only bring more of the same.
Perhaps the most exciting news in terms of the team is our inclusion next season into the College League. This will see Newport High School competing in the premier under 18 competition in Wales. Our inclusion in the league represents a significant achievement and will see us playing sides like Coleg Sir Gar, Coleg Morgannwg and Llandovery College. It will allow all of the payers to demonstrate their abilities on a national level and can only improve their chances of achieving their dreams of a professional rugby career.
This will also mean that several times a year our matches will be feature games in S4Câ€™sÂ coverage of the league, with the possibility that all our league games will at least have highlights aired on a Wednesday evening, presenting a fantastic opportunity for everyone involved to showcase themselves on a national stage.