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London Scottish launch Professional Entry Programme

London Scottish launch Professional Entry Programme

Jack Ingall (centre) and Miles Wakeling (right) have both entered the professional Entry Programme. Photo by David Horn.

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London Scottish are excited to unveil their new Professional Entry Programme (PEP) which will be targeting the nurturing and development of young players with London Scottish.

London Scottish are excited to unveil their new Professional Entry Programme (PEP) which will be targeting the nurturing and development of young players with London Scottish.

The PEP will launch this season and there are four players who will link up with the first team squad this season.

Scotland Under 20s Matt Davidson and Bradley Clements have signed on the programme, as well as former London Scottish Amateur stand out back rower Miles Wakeling with back rower Jack Ingall, the brother of current London Scottish winger Charlie, rounding out the current crop of players. All four players will be part of the first team and will train full time at The Lensbury with the rest of the squad.

Director of Rugby Dave Morris was very upbeat about the Professional Entry Programme and how it will aid the development of the four players this season.

“We are really excited to launch our Professional Entry Programme. The development of players in this age bracket is something I personally am very passionate about. The transition from age group rugby to senior professional rugby is a process that takes dedication and energy from both the player and the club.”

Morris continued, “Bradley, Jack, Matt and Miles will receive mentoring from senior players in their respective positions in order to help fast track their rugby development with the ambition of them representing the London Scottish 1st XV.

“The Professional Entry Programme will not only centre around these players rugby development but will also have a positive impact on their personal development.”

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Matt Davidson, arrives from BT Premiership side Ayr. He was part of the side that just missed out to Melrose in the BT premiership final last season.

An eighteen year old utility back, Davidson can cover a variety of positions across the back line and has the ability to use his speed to break a defence and the passing ability to unlock oppositions for his fellow teammates. This season Matt will be looking to cement a place in the Scotland Under 20 side after just missing out on selection in the summer for the Junior World Cup in France.

Young Matt Davidson training with the 1st XV squad during the pre-season. Photo by David Horn/PRiME Media Images @PrimeMediaUk

Joining Davidson will be former Ealing Trailfinder hooker Bradley Clements. Last season Bradley spent time with the Trailfinders 1st XV squad and played at London Irish Wild Geese in National Two South.

Whilst being part of the Trailfinder set up Clements was called up to the Scotland Under 20 squad for the 2018 Six Nations. This season Bradley will be learning from experienced hooker Jared Saunders as he looks to further develop his game in a specialist position.

As well as the two Scottish Under 20 players, a former London Scottish amateur player and Highlanders player of the season last year will also be part of the unique programme. Wakeling was the stand out player for the Highlanders last year and worked closely with this season’s skills coach Gareth Hatherley-Hurford. Wakeling can play all across the back row as well as also packing down in the second row.

Wakeling is also Scottish qualified and has turned out for a junior Scotland Rugby League side.

Former Ealing Trailfinder Bradley Clements in training with the 1st XV squad this pre-season. Photo by David Horn/PRiME Media Images @PrimeMediaUk

The final player of the quartet to join the Scots is Jack Ingall, a back rower and brother of Charlie who joined last season from Sale Sharks.

Ingall was educated at Wellington College and spent time over in New Zealand playing for The Crusaders Academy and provincial side Sumner in Christchurch as he developed as a player learning the tricks of the trade in the heart of All Blacks territory. After a year at Newcastle University last year, he has put his academic studies on hold for this opportunity with Scottish.

Ingall will add to an already deep selection of back rowers with Mark Bright, James Tyas, Matt Eliet, Matt Marley, Lewis Wynne and Luke Frost all competing for three starting spots this season.

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