England selection for young rugby talent Luke

Luke James with proud mum Dr Daniela Penge
Luke James with proud mum Dr Daniela Penge

Luke James, of Eastbourne Rugby Club and Cavendish School, was selected to play for England under-16s.

Luke, an open side flanker, played the full match in their narrow 22-23 loss against Wales at Caerphilly last weekend on Sunday, April 17.

Fraser Brooks, chairman at Eastbourne Rugby Club said, “This is tremendous for Luke, his family and the club. Luke has always shown tremendous potential but for a young player to give the dedication and commitment required to translate that into national selection is quite phenomenal.

“Everyone at the club, especially his team mates and coaches, should be incredibly proud of his achievement.”

Luke joined the club while still at junior school and as an under 13s player was selected for the Harlequins Developing Player Programme, the entry point into the Harlequins Academy. From there he has progressed to the Harlequins Elite Player Development Group as a player identified with a commitment beyond the average with the potential to become a professional player.

Luke’s chance for England selection came with his and Harlequins’ performances in the Premiership Rugby under 16 Festival at Wellington College earlier this month.