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Gordon's Ashworth in International Selection

Gordon’s Caleb Ashworth has been selected for the England U18 side to take on France tomorrow.

Prop forward Ashworth, one of the first cohort of DiSE (Diploma in Sporting Excellence) students to study on the Harlequins/Gordon’s programme was selected after a half term training camp at Bisham Abbey.

The A Level student will travel in the 23 man squad named by Head Coach Jonathan Pendlebury, to the game at the Stade Eugene Ross in Saint-Raphael.

His coach, Chris Davies, who heads up the partnership programme at Gordon’s and is a former Fiji National Men’s 7s Skills Coach and Analyst said: “All at Gordon’s are rooting for Caleb in this, his first international. His selection is just reward for his hard work and ability to balance his sporting aspirations and academics. Caleb is certainly a product of what our partnership with Harlequins can achieve and we are all ever so proud of him”

The game will be the first overseas international for England since the onset of the pandemic.

Speaking in a statement ahead of the game, Jonathan Pendlebury said: “We’ve got a wide squad that has worked together through development camps this season with the focus of exploring boundaries they may perceive individually, positionally and as a team. They have been regularly playing age group rugby for school, college, club, and academy this season and I know they are all relishing the chance to represent England.”