A round up of all the Surrey players who have represented their Country this Season!
Callum Tilleray represented U16 England London & South East Divisional.
Charlie Spawforth represented U16 England London & South East Divisional.
Justin Rowland represented U18 England Counties.
Dorking RFC have enjoyed another excellent season, but while the focus has been on their adventures as the new boys up in National League 2 South the club has been delighted by one of the bonuses of its recent years of success – the number of players present and past now enjoying a taste of wearing the red rose.
The highest profile Dorking boy to wear the England shirt is big Saracens lock George Kruis who completed his journey from Mini to 1st XV player this season making his full England debut and impressing with performances during the Autumn internationals and the Six Nations.
George was part of an exceptional National U17 Cup winning side at Dorking in 2007 alongside other current premiership players prop Jake Cooper-Wooley (Wasps) and No8 Chris York (Newcastle), as well as the fly-half in that side Jason Roy who is now a fully-fledged big hitting Surrey cricketer and opener in England’s exciting ODI side.
Outside centre Eliot Daly (Wasps) is another Dorking old boy. The former youth star is also knocking on the door of full international selection and played for an England XV at the end of the season that hammered the Barbarians.
There have also been England honours for a couple of this season’s squad. Flying winger Cameron Cowell – Dorking’s first ever dual registered player – came from the London Irish Academy and stayed all season, filling in at various positions and it was no surprise that his amazing pace has earned him an England 7s contract. Word has it that he signed on the condition he could continue to play at Dorking when not required for 7s.
And there was also a call up for Dorking’s amazing scrum half Will Crow, this season’s top scorer in National League 2 South.
Will has been a Dorking player since he was a mini and in recent seasons has been a key cog in the success of the Brockham-based club. And this season his fabulous performances earned him a call up for England Counties on their recent tour of Romania.
His England Counties debut is just reward for performing at such a high level and it is no surprise that he has been linked with a move to Rosslyn Park for next season.
Dorking chairman Colin Troughton said: "We’ve waited an awful long time for our players to make the full England side so you can imagine how proud we feel.
"We are delighted for all the lads and it is a tribute to the club as a whole that we have a platform now where good players can perform to their very best. From a spectators’ point of view it is wonderful to watch such high class rugby week in week out and if that leads to greater things for individual players we are very happy for them. It’s a case of ‘job done’.
"And of course as players move up it creates opportunities for our emerging youth players and we are always looking to attract the next raft of quality players keen to play National League rugby at Dorking."
Archie White represented U18 England.
Sarah Bern represented U20s England Women and U18 England Women 7s.
Tom Nicole represented U16 England London & South East Divisional.
Old Reigatian RFC
George Head represented U16 England and U16 England London & South East Divisional.
Old Rutlishians RFC
Cameron Hyne represented U16 England London & South East Divisional.
Matthew Harrison represented U16 England London & South East Divisional.
John Okafor represented U16 England London & South East Divisional.
Kareem Swandells represented U16 England London & South East Divisional.
Gabriel Ibitoye represented U18 England.
Weybridge Vandals RFC
Blind side flanker James Gulliver, who made his debut for England in their U16s 34-0 victory against Welsh Schools in April, played his first rugby for Weybridge Vandals at the age of four. Son of former Vandals 1st team captain Stuart, he is the first Vandal ever to be selected to play for England and the first player from Halliford School to be selected at that age group. Halliford School Deputy Head Richard Talbot and former Vandals first team coach made the trip to the Welsh National Centre for Sporting Excellence in Caerphilly along with a coach load of family and friends from Vandals and said: "We are all very proud of him. He has everything you would want in a top player.”
James is currently part of the Harlequins elite player development group and made his debut in their U18s squad earlier last season, adding to his Surrey County honours. James said " I was absolutely thrilled to play for England and next season I will be concentrating on progressing through the Harlequins’ Academy, but deep down I will always be a Vandal.”
Ironically another former Vandals clubmate, Jordan Sakkas was selected to play for Wales in the same game after they were both spotted at the Wellington International Festival. Good luck in the future to both of them.
Dylan Morris represented U18 England Counties.