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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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Former Workington Town youngster to take on the French

Former Workington Town scholarship player Tom Walker, one of West Cumbria’s brightest young rugby league prospects, has been selected in the 2013 England Academy squad to take on France next year.

Tom, who started at Workington Town on the under 12s scholarship programme in 2006, moved to Warrington Wolves in 2009 to join their Under 16s scholarship squad. He has progressed to the under 19s academy team.

Tom has retained his links with Workington Town by helping out voluntarily in the community, coaching children in the school holidays, and assisting with the local schools Olympics in the summer.

Malcolm Allison, director of Youth Rugby commented: “It’s nice to see local players progressing in their professional career and there is no better accolade than representing your country.

“Tom is a very dedicated and talented young player and we are extremely pleased for him.”

Former Broughton powerhouse Tom has been given the nod by England coach Dave Elliott. He joins Kells youngster Jordan Burns, who he now plays with at Warrington Wolves, in the England Academy squad.

Wath Brow’s Jake Moore is one of six Wigan youngsters in the Youth squad.

Both squads will tackle their French counterparts next year, while the Youth side will also face Wales.

Elliott, from Whitehaven, who is in overall charge of both squads, said: “We learned a lot about our players during the 2012 season, with both age groups playing tough games against France and the Academy getting the experience of touring in Australia, and I’m looking forward to continuing that progression and helping these young players further develop in 2013.”

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