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Sunday, 01 March 2015

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West Cumbrian teens get BARLA Lions nod for Germany tour

Four west Cumbrian teenagers have been named in the BARLA Emerging Lions squad to tour Germany next June.

Theerapol Ritson photo
Theerapol Ritson

Ellenborough pair Theerapol Ritson and Jason Todd are joined by Connor Wilson, of Flimby and Wath Brow’s Luke Davison.

“It’s a great development opportunity,” said Lions’ assistant coach Chris Fisher, from Glasson. “It gets them used to playing with other elite players outside their comfort zone.

“It develops them as young men as much as it does rugby players, and it’s also a good stepping stone to take them to the next level.”

Back-row Wilson’s call-up was no surprise after producing man of the match efforts in the autumn for Cumbria and the Lions against Aussie tourists Central Coast Centurions, and more big performances in the Under-17 county championship.

Todd was initially not chosen at hooker for the championship but played himself in to a Lions’ call-up after an injury to a team-mate.

Centre Davison showed his class with a two-try man-of-the-match effort for Cumbria against Lancashire, and an outstanding performance against Yorkshire earned Ritson his place on the Germany tour, despite missing the Lancashire clash due to injury.

“He has kept the likes of Curtis Hampson, son of Steve Hampson, out of the full-back spot so credit to him,” Fisher added.

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