The waiting game is nearly over for Sheffield Rugby Club’s Declan Dunn.
England awaits for the 16-year-old All Saints student ... but at what level?
Declan joined the England Under-16 National Development Camp at Abingdon this week and he’ll discover tomorrow which squad he’s in - the England Under-16s, English A or English B.
The full England side play Italy at Macclesfield RUFC on Wednesday, April 20 (3:00pm) and Wales at Fylde RUFC on Easter Sunday, April 24 (2:00pm) while the A and B squads face France, Belgium, Portugal, Scotland and Canada at the International Festival at Wellington College from April 18-23.
Declan won his place at the Camp thanks to his performance as a second row for the North Under-16s in the England Inter-Divisional Festival at Broadstreet.
He took up rugby at the age of 10, first at Sheffield Tigers before moving, at Under-14 level, to Sheffield. He has risen quickly though the ranks, playing for Yorkshire Under-15s before captaining the county side against Cheshire this year. He has also signed for the Academy at Leeds Carnegie.
At just under 6ft 5ins and 15 stone, he’s got the typical attributes of a lock forward.
“He’s second row for Yorkshire and that’s what he’s going for, for England,” said his father Vince. “But he’s got pace, which is why he played in the back row for Sheffield.”
Declan turned out for the Sheffield Under-16s in the Yorkshire Cup semi-final against Ilkley at Abbeydale and helped them keep on course for the silverware with a 7-0 victory.
The all-important try came in the 20 minute when No.8 James Blackburn, having his finest game to date for the club, finally broke the visitors line to go over and Harry Kidd slotted the extras.
Sheffield will now play South Yorkshire rivals Doncaster in the final on March 27 at a venue to be announced.
They join the Under-12 squad who have also reached the Yorkshire Cup final and it could be a fab four as the Under-13s and Under-15s still have to play their respective semis on March 6.
The Under-13s beat Pocklington 46-7 in three 20 minute games with tries from Broadberry 2, Hatchwell, J Roberts, Savage, Breen and S Jones.
It was a similar scenario against Old Brodleians as they came through 62-10 with a hat-trick of tries from Broadberry and Hatchwell. Others came from J Roberts, Savage, Granger and Redfern. Matt Smart was named Man of the Match.
Sheffield Under 11s won one and drew one in a double-header against Chesterfield Panthers and cross city rivals Sheffield Tigers at Abbeydale.
Spencer Ingall scored both tries in the 10-0 victory over Panthers and was on the mark again to earn his side a 5-5 draw against Tigers.
The Man of the Match award went to prop Theo Bebbington.