A SOLIHULL lad has high hopes of playing rugby for England after being handpicked to take part in a trial game this weekend.
Lewis Grinsell, 16, has quickly risen through the ranks to be in contention of putting on the famous white jersey for the U16s.
The Solihull School pupil, who received a letter from England Rugby at Twickenham last week, will play in the England ‘A’ Trial Match at Stowe School in Buckinghamshire this Sunday.
“I was ecstatic when I first found out, in shock and also a bit nervous!” said Lewis, who started playing rugby in year 7.
“It’s a trial game, so hopefully I can impress because they will be picking the team from this match.”
Lewis, who plays for Old Silhillians and Worcester Warriors (U16s), admits he just about fits in his hectic training, as well as revising for his upcoming GCSEs. He also plays for his school team and represents the Midlands U16s.
“Whatever happens I’m going to carry on working hard and hoping for the best,” he added.
Lewis’s dad, Bob, said he was very proud of his son’s achievements. “The future’s looking bright for him at the moment and clubs keep asking about him,” he said. “He’s a real gentle giant and we are so pleased for him.”
If Lewis is successful and gets picked for England, he could be taking part in the prestigious Four Nations Tournament, against Wales, France and Italy during April.