TWO rugby players from John Kyrle High School have recently gained selection a Centre of Excellence for youngsters.

Poppy Godwin and Ellie Murrell, who are both 15 and play their rugby at Cinderford RFC, have been selected for the Under-18 Gloucester-Hartpury WRFC Centre of Excellence.

The Centre of Excellence is a national RFU programme for developing under-18 players in England.

The Centre of Excellence Programme focusses on individual player development, with an emphasis on future potential.

The pair were selected after being invited to an assessment day at Hartpury College in August which included a series of rugby skills carousels and assessment tasks.

As a result of their selection they will now be offered between eight and 10 hours per month of rugby skills, gym work and performance analysis all based at Hartpury College.