A TALENTED player, who cut his teeth at Hereford Rugby Club, is making a big impact in the England men’s under-18s training camps.

Joe Jenkins has been selected for the final sessions – from which an England squad will be picked – on Saturday (March 27).

Jenkins, a student at Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools, linked up with the North squad earlier this month at St George's Park in Staffordshire.

“The England coaches have confirmed that Joe, who can also play at full-back, has been selected for the final under-18 session, said Mr Paul Morris, school first team coach.

“I believe there are only 38 boys left in the process from which a final England squad will be selected.

“This is a huge achievement for Joe to make such progress a year early from such a large number of very talented players.”

Jenkins, a former Madley Primary School pupil, played at Hereford Rugby Club from under-nine to under-16 level.

He has represented both Newport and Bristol Schools and is now a member of the Bristol Bears under-18s.

Joe and fellow Monmouth School for Boys 1st XV player, Theo Mayell, who lives near Ross-on-Wye, were involved in the initial England development camp at Stafford Rugby Club.

“I’m unsure yet of my future pathway after school but carrying on playing rugby is definitely part of it," said Jenkins who has thrived in the selection sessions.