Band of Brothers
PUBLISHED: 14:20 11 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:09 10 June 2010
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EXMOUTH Rugby Club are rightly very proud of the fact that they have seen four of their home grown youngsters make the step up into the Devon County under-16 side this season.
EXMOUTH Rugby Club are rightly very proud of the fact that they have seen four of their home grown youngsters make the step up into the Devon County under-16 side this season.Ryan Frazer-Roe, the Cockles' under-16 skipper, Lewis Davison, Daniel Loveridge and Tom Barnard all featured in the Devon County under-16 side that won matches against Cornwall, Gloucestershire and Somerset.The boys have been playing rugby together since their very first team took to the pitch in what was then under-8 matches and, season on season, they have remained under the tutorage of Mike Davison and Neil Farrady.Davison says: "The beauty of having them all the way through the age group ranks is that we can help and indeed guide them into the positions most suited to them. As is typical of the sport, when starting from the youngest age group, initially it is all about getting the youngsters introduced to the game and it is only when they reach the ages of 15 or 16 that their bodies are really filling out and we can see where they may be best suited. We are now reaping the benefit of a youth system at the club that offers rugby from under 7 right through to under 16, and year on year progression too."Frazer-Roe plays on the wing, Daniel Loveridge is a back row and both Davison and Barnard are props.The boys are also good friends and all attend Exmouth Community College where they first came under the guidance of coach Stuart Lowe, himself a former 1st XV skipper at Exmouth Rugby Club.There's more to follow this latest four to make the step up from club to county duty as Davison alluded to, saying: "The beauty of having a rolling year on year youth system is that there is a continual procession of players coming through and I have no doubt that each of the current age groups will also ultimately end up supplying the County XVs.
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