TWO Whitby rugby players have been selected for the north of England under 18s squad following trials, writes Fraser Bell.
Matthew Dudman and Alex Beaumont, both 17, who currently play for Leeds Carnegie and Newcastle Falcons respectively, plied their trade through the Whitby Rugby Club juniors.
The talented duo, who attend schools outside of Whitby, were part of the Yorkshire Plate-winning team in 2009 and have also been district sports council award winners.
Alex captained the Yorkshire Plate winning team and is currently studying for his A levels in Barnard Castle.
He won the opportunity to train with Lawrence Dallaglio at Twickenham last year after receiving player of the tournament at a festival in Darlington.
Alex picked up a hand injury while in the preliminary stages of the trials, but still made the cut.
Delighted Mum Jane said: “I’m very pleased for Alex, I’m just hoping his injury doesn’t jeopardise his chances of playing.”
Alex would love to make a career out of Rugby, but he isn’t ignoring his academic commitments.
Jane added: “He has put a lot of time into his rugby, but he is working hard for his A levels too and would like to study geography and geometry at University.”
Our other rugby star Matthew, has always had a love of sport, and has acheived much success outside of rugby, in Football and Javelin.
He spent some time at the Scarborough FC centre of excellence before committing to rugby and now attends boarding school in Otley.
Last year, Matthew made an appearance for the Leeds Carnegie first team.
Proud Dad Andrew stated: “Matt’s always put a lot of effort in and worked extremely hard. It’s great to see Alex doing so well too.”
Both modest young men keeping their feet on the ground, owe a lot to Matt Webster of Whitby Rugby Club juniors.
Jane stated: “I would like to thank Matt for all his endeavours with Alex.”
Andrew followed up Jane’s comments by saying: “Matt Webster was a brilliant coach at Whitby, I’d like to say thanks to him.”