Young hopefuls selected for Canada tour

TWO OF Shaw Cross Sharks’ promising young players have been selected for the BARLA GB U-19s Tour to Canada in July.

Full-back or half-back Sam Ottewell has been selected, and has been in try-scoring form for the Sharks’ first team this season.

The second player is centre or second-rower Brandan French, who is also a regular fixture in the Sharks’ senior side.

The youngster has made a great impression on the first tea, with his aggressive running and tackling style.

The tour begins on July 20, and the team will be based in Vancouver where they will face Canada U-19s, U-23s and finish with a game against the Canadian national side.

Ottewell said: “It’s a great opportunity, and one I am really looking forward to.

“It’s a privilege to represent your country in any sport and I am hoping to impress when I get the chance.”

Teammate French added: “I think it is brilliant to be selected and I just want to go out there and play well.

“Me and Sam have been teammates for years at Shaw Cross and it’s an honour for both of us to get this opportunity.”.

The club will be holding fundraising events in the coming weeks to help the players.

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