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Posted 20 March 2014 - 11:42 AM

Two University of Gloucestershire students have been selected for the England Students Rugby League training squad.

Liam Long and Jack Binks, both members of the University of Gloucestershire All Golds Rugby League side, have been named in a 36-man train-on squad for the 2014 Student Four Nations Championships this Easter, which will take place at Nottingham University.

Liam and Jack play for the All Golds BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) XIII.

21-year old Jack is a prop who hails from Tingley in West Yorkshire and went to Wakefield College. He currently studies Sports Development at the University of Gloucestershire.

Liam, aged 22 is also an undergraduate at the University, studying Sports Coaching. He plays at wing and originates from Bournemouth where he attended Queen Elizabeth’s School in Wimborne Minster, Dorset.

England Students will face Ireland, Scotland and Wales in the annual Four Nations competition and will look to regain the title after a narrow loss to Wales in the 2012 Four Nations Final in Wrexham.

Mike Stewart, Head of the University of Gloucestershire All Golds Under 19s’ Academy and Captain of the club’s Championship XIII, said: “We are naturally delighted to have two of our players representing their country at this level. This is an excellent opportunity for both Liam and Jack and it further demonstrates the development work throughout the ranks that is taking place at the All Golds.”

Andy Pitchford, Director of Sport at the University of Gloucestershire, said: “I’m very excited for these guys; it is such an honour to be called up to train with your country at any level.

“This is a great example of the way the All Golds can provide a pathway to success in rugby league as well as offering a superb standard of higher education at the University of Gloucestershire at the same time. The majority of the England Students squad is made up of students from universities in the rugby league heartlands in the North, so we are pleased that two of our players are in the squad and we will continue to promote growth in participation and learning throughout the South West area.”
England Students coach Gareth Pratt, said: ‘’The Regionals were an excellent standard this year which has made the selection process extremely difficult, we have selected a good blend of players including some experienced players who played in last year’s Student World Cup alongside some very promising new talent.
‘’We will now begin our preparations for the Four Nations, with the new squad and coaching staff I am confident that we can regain the Four Nations title.’’
The 36-man England Students squad selected from the Regional Championships is as follows:
Aaron Hall (UCLAN); Alex Calvert (Loughborough); Alistair Leak (Leeds Met University); Anthony Hensmann (Newcastle); Anthony Squire (Loughborough); Ben Anderson (Northumbria); Billy Griffiths (Huddersfield University); Blake Mahovic (MMU); Chris Atkin (Liverpool John Moores); Chris Barrett (Loughborough); Chris Bowler (Leeds Met University); Connor Clayton (Northumbria); Dan Capaross-Midwood (Newcastle); Dan Parker (Leeds Met University); Doug Foster (Northumbria); Gaz Hynes (Leeds Met University); Iain Murray (Northumbria); Jack Binks (Gloucestershire); Jack Francis (Leeds Met University); Jack Howdle (Loughborough); James Sienk (Huddersfield University); Jimmy Morgan (Brunel University); Joe Chandler (Leeds Met University); Joe Walsh (MMU); Johnny Morris (Leeds University); Josh Dixon (Leeds Met University); Lewis Young (Northumbria); Liam Long (Gloucestershire); Liam Thompson (UCLAN); Luke Blake (Leeds Met University); Matt Brewer (Loughborough); Mufaro Mvududu (Leeds Met University); Richard Hughes (Liverpool John Moores); Ryan Spouse (Lincoln); Sean Richards (Leeds Met University); Tom Hall (Leeds Met University).
Head Coach: Gareth Pratt; Assistant Coach: Robert Hemmings; Assistant Coach: James Carter; Team Manager: Gary Owram

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