By Rachael Grealish
Cumbrian Rugby Union fans will have the names of a few youth players down as ones to watch for the future and one of those has taken his first steps towards that future.
George Fisher, Egremont RUFC youth player has been signed up on a scholarship with Leicester Tigers.
The 16-year-old from Frizington said he felt very proud and the whole experience has given him a new ‘perspective’.
He said: “I feel very proud to have been selected by the tigers and it’s a massive step up from the club style of rugby it has given me a perspective of the game play down here.
“I already feel sellted in the lads here are amazing always giving tip and tricks where they possibly can and there disabling standards are set really high so no team member is left out my ambitions at the moment I don’t really have any but I would love to see how far I could get in terms of being a athlete in the game such as good stamina and skill set and go from there really.”
The youngster was called a ‘pleasure’ to work with by one of his for,er Egremont RUFC coaches.
Iain a coach from Egremont RUFC said: “I am one of the coaches who has had the pleasure to watch George develop his rugby skills since he was an under 13 youth player.
“The first thing to mention about George is he always plays with a smile.
“He is a typical ‘farming stock’ product with a physique honed by honest hard work.
“If he had his way he would run every ball in, he just loves taking a ball into contact, running hard at the biggest opponent possible with a smile on his face while he says come and stop me.
“When he tackles, you know about it, he hits hard but fair and is first up to contest for the ball, if he gets over the ball in the tackle then no one is moving him.
“If he wraps you up in a tackle it’s like he is man handling sheep, except when he puts you on your back you don’t get sheared, he just takes the ball off you.
“Players, parents and Egremont coaching staff all loved him, everyone hopes he does well in the sport and are just grateful to have had the opportunity to play rugby with him.”
The Tigers Academy has produced players for the England side as well as a number of British and Irish Lions with Tom Croft, Dan Cole, Harry Ellis, Ollie Smith, Manu Tuilagi, and Ben and Tom Youngs just some of the players to receive call ups.
The Gallagher Premiership side is not enjoying the best season and since the restart in August the Tigers have lost five of there seven games since the season resumed.