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   Archie Smeaton (Hymers College First XV, Scotland U18 and England U18 Rugby Union)
Elias Harrison (Hymers College First XV, England U19 Rugby League)
Over the last year Archie Smeaton and Elias Harrison have been rewarded for their efforts on the rugby pitch by receiving international honours.
Mr Skirving (Head of Rugby) caught up with them to see what they thought of their experience.
What, where and when?
Archie: Scotland U18 Six Nations Tournament (January)
and England U18 tour to South Africa (August).
Elias: England Lions U19, European Championships Serbia (August). England Lions v Scotland and Wales.
How did it feel to represent your country?
Archie: It was a privilege to represent my country and I
felt happy that all my hard work had paid off.
Elias: It was an honour. I felt an unreal amount of pride walking out onto the pitch with my team-mates.
What are the two main things you have learnt from playing international sport?
Archie: I have learnt that I still have a lot of areas to develop and further my skills for the future. Also that there is a lot of respect and appreciation around the sport of rugby and a lot talent within it.
Elias: To be confident in myself and my ability and having to adapt to the demands and different styles of coaches.
What are the differences between playing school sport and international sport?
Archie: The three main differences are the game is of a higher pace, more physical and there are fewer break downs/mistakes in the game.
Elias: It was a different code of rugby as I was playing rugby league instead of rugby union. The tempo of the game was also very high.
If you could give some advice to a younger student wanting to achieve what you have, what would it be?
Archie: Work hard with everything you do and stick at it. I wasn’t always a standout player when I was learning the game. It is also important to look after yourself with your physical fitness and diet.
Elias: The main thing is enjoyment, especially in sport. Keep listening to your coaches and teachers.
What did you enjoy most about the experience?
Archie: Meeting people from other teams around England and playing against the best players within my age group.
Elias: When we first lined up to sing the national anthem and when I first got on the pitch. I realised how far I had come from first picking up a rugby ball at eight years old.
What are your future ambitions in sport?
Archie: To become a premiership professional rugby player. To gain a spot and hold on to it in the England Squad.
Elias: My ambitions are to carry on playing rugby as long as I can after school and, to hopefully, represent my country again.

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