Superstar rugby player Danny Walker, 14, who currently plays as a Hooker for Widnes Vikings under 16s Academy has been selected for the England youth under 16s squad.
Having only been playing on his scholarship with Widnes Vikings for 6 months Danny quickly stood out as a star player and has been called up for the England squad.
When asked how he felt the Beamont Collegiate Academy pupil said “Over the moon! I can’t get over the fact that I have been chosen for it! Now it is time to progress and hopefully achieve my goal of becoming a professional rugby player.”
Danny was interested in rugby from a young age, following in his older brother’s rugby footsteps as he aspired to be just like them. He started out at the Rylands Sharks aged 6 and training has been a large part of his life ever since. He currently trains at least twice a week with the Widnes Vikings under 16s Academy and one a week with the under 19s Academy.
As part of his England squad selection Danny will be going for a heart test in Sheffield later this month followed by a fitness test in Leeds in February. Once he has passed both of these stages he will join the squad officially and the season will start in March.
When asked what he puts his success down to modest Danny said “My success is down to my Mum & Dad, my coaches, school and generally people who have been there for me all of the time”.
Dad, Stuart Walker said “To be selected to represent his country amazed and shocked me as he is only 14 and is a wonderful achievement and great reward for all the effort and hard work that Danny has put it. My objective at the moment is to keep Danny’s feet firmly on the ground!”
The staff and pupils at Beamont Collegiate Academy wish Danny all the very best in his rugby career. We are all very proud of what he has achieved.