DESPITE his talent for rugby only being spotted by a school teacher three years ago Jack Goodwin has now got the chance to impress England selectors.

The Hereford youngster had never played competitive sport until his Weobley High School teacher encouraged him to attend county trials.

Three weeks after his talent was spotted Goodwin was playing his first game for the county side when spotted by Worcester Warriors and subsequently asked to attend their under-15 development plan.

"His teacher called me one day saying 'Can you make sure Jack goes to county trials please I think he’s got talent?" said his dad Shawn Bevan.

"I was like county trials for what? He doesn’t play sport."

After being selected to play for the county and the Warriors Development Programme Goodwin was urged to join a local rugby club and chose Hereford.

The youngster won Herefordshire Players' Player of the Season and Hereford Player of the Season in his first year.

Goodwin continued to impress selectors and was given a place in the North Midlands RFC side.

After playing for the North Midlands in their programme of county matches at three Super Sunday tournaments in recent months Goodwin was invited to Midlands training recently.

The youngster has now been selected to play in the England Counties Under-18s Development Festival from February 22 to 24 which will give him the chance to impress England under-18 selectors.

Goodwin's talent has also earned him a scholarship at Hartpury Collage and he was included in their team that won the National England AASE LEAGUE Final at the Allianz Park.

The AASE League provides a competitive structure for institutions offering an outstanding rugby programme alongside academic education for students aged 16 to 18.

In the final Hartpury made it nine AASE League victories in 10 years by beating Gosforth Academy 26-20 in the final.

In the past decade more than 150 Hartpury graduates have gained international honours, including England wing Jonny May and Italy forward Sebastian Negri.