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St Mary’s Students Selected for England Rugby 7s Academy

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St Mary’s Students Selected for England Rugby 7s Academy

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Two students from St Mary’s University, Twickenham have been selected for the England Men’s Rugby 7s Academy Squad.

Aaron Grandidier-Nkanang
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Aaron Grandidier-Nkanang, from the Old Elthamians Academy, and Cameron Tucker-White, from the Rugby Performance Programme at St Mary's, have been called up England Men Sevens academy head coach and former England Sevens captain John Brake.

They will form part of the 12-player squad, made up of club, university and England academy players, who will travel to Naples, Italy for a two-day training tournament this week, compete against Germany, Ireland, France and Italy in a round-robin contest.

Speaking of the players selections, England Coach John Brake said, “As well as providing these (England Academy) players with some meaningful game time, this tournament also gives us the chance to expose the group of players that we’ve identified through our relationships with clubs and universities to the challenges and demands of playing at an international level. This is so important for their progression if they are to play on the world stage one day.”

St Mary’s University and Old Elthamians RFC are offering talented rugby players, the opportunity to join Aaron, and the wider Academy, in applying for the St Mary’s University Rugby Scholarship Programme.

This scholarship combines higher education studies with high-level professional rugby union support, offering excellence on the pitch and in the classroom, covering the full costs of tuition and accommodation fees (including meals), worth around £50,000 for the duration of a player’s studies.

Successful applicants will join the Men’s Rugby Performance Programme (MRPP) that grants access to high-quality professional coaching, strength & conditioning services, performance analysis, rehabilitation and massage services, performance workshops and use of the University’s world-class training facilities.

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