PGRFC are delighted that promising young centre Mike Haley has been rewarded for some outstanding displays for the North with selection for England Under 18’s Schools & Clubs squad.
Mike is part of the squad to face Ireland at Waterford on 14th April. He had an outstanding game as the North beat the South West 32-31 in the opening match of the regional festival and kicked the winning penalty with a nerveless last kick of the game.
Chairman of Rugby, Michael Bailey said ”I have followed Mikes rugby career for the last 10 years since he started playing rugby for Hoppers in the under 9’s. Initially Mike played in the forwards and captained Hoppers U16’s, Lancashire U16’s and played for the North of England U16’s as a blindside flanker but with his pace he moved into the backs.”
He added ”Due to his forward like tackling he has played inside centre for the North. Mike is a very confident player being talked about around the North West. He should be immensely proud of his achievements and I know his father Tim is wandering around with a broad smile across his face Well done Mike and good luck representing your country. All of us at Hoppers are rooting for you.”
Lancashire RFU have released the following statement:
”Two Lancashire 18 Group players have been rewarded for some excellent performances at last weekend’s England U18 Clubs & Schools Division Festival held at Broadstreet RFC, Coventry.
Hooker Jake Nickson (Arnold School & Fylde) and centre Mike Haley (Myerscough College & Preston Grasshoppers) have been selected to play in the international against Ireland at Old Merchant Taylors School in Northwood Nr. Watford on 14th April.
Other members of the Lancashire 18 Group Squad selected for the North did not let themselves down and put in some very good performances as the North won both games. Lock Oliver Parkinson (Myerscough College & Sedgley Park) bagged two tries during the 32-31 nail-biting victory over the South West in Game 1 in which Haley slotted the winning penalty with the last kick of the game. Centre Ralph Dowds (KEQMS) and Tight Head Prop Conor McGrath (Myerscough College) worked tirelessly as the North edged out the Midlands 7-5 in Game 2. ”