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East Durham College student gets national honours in rugby
4:00pm Monday 7th October 2013 in News
AN EAST Durham College student has spent his summer receiving national honours.
Adam Keeler, 18, of Consett, County Durham, was selected to play rugby for the Irish Exiles side in four games over the summer.
The IRFU Irish Exiles are made up of Irish qualified rugby players that are from outside of Ireland. Adam qualified for the side through his Irish grandparents.
But before turning out for the side, Adam had to go through a rigorous selection process of training camps and matches which started back in March.
Following full selection Adam then joined the side this summer as they played against sides representing the four Irish counties of Munster, Leinster, Connaght and Ulster.
Adam, who has studied on a Diploma in Sport course at East Durham College for the last two years and represented the college’s successful elite scholarship rugby team, has hailed the trip a fantastic experience.
Adam, who plays in the front row, said: “It was a huge opportunity for me and was a really good experience to take part in the tour.
“I worked really hard at the training camps and practice matches which all started back in March this year and I felt I really gave it my all.
“So when I got the call asking me to take part I the tour I was ecstatic and couldn’t wait to join up with the squad.”
Adam is now looking forward to getting into his studies on a foundation degree in sports and exercise at the college as he continues to focus on his rugby for Consett RUFC.
For more information on the sports scholarships programmes at East Durham College contact 0191-518-8222.
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