Academy Tuesday: Archie Smeaton set to make debut this weekend.
Yorkshire Carnegie are proud to announce the signing of Academy player Archie Smeaton, who is set to make his senior debut this weekend in the Championship Cup.
Smeaton, a junior international who, last season represented Scotland before touring South Africa with England U18, agreed terms with the club in the summer and is excited about representing the club for the foreseeable future.
Ben Lazenby, Academy Manager for Yorkshire Carnegie said: “Archie has a bright future and can play at the highest level if he continues to apply himself as he has done and stays injury free, he is a physical back row who carries well and tackles hard. He has shown at the highest level for his age grade that he can perform to a very high standard and he is ready to be stretched at the next level.
“Last week Archie, along with a number of the other U18 EAPs trained with the Championship squad and a number of them demonstrated that they are ready to make the step up to senior rugby in the next 6-12 month, Archie impressed the championship coaches with his open field play and this week in preparation for Saturday has been working hard on his tight play and unit understanding”
Smeaton came through the Hull Ionians RUFC junior set up and attended Beverley Grammar School, achieving highly in his GCSE’s (5A*, 2A, 3B) before continuing his education at Hymers College
Speaking on his step up to senior rugby Smeaton said he is learning lots: “It has been very challenging this week, although being in last week helped me to know what to expect. I have realised how much I still have to develop but the senior players and coaches have been great in supporting me.
On signing his contract he added that he is very excited about his future at Yorkshire Carnegie and is positive about the future of the club: “I am looking forward to my first senior game and hopefully it will be the first of many, Chris (Stirling) has a vision for the future and one I am excited to be part of, hopefully I can be part of the team that helps us get back into the Premiership and bring the top tier of rugby back to Yorkshire.
“I feel lucky to have been so well supported in my rugby journey so far and would like to thank my club coaches at Hull Ionians, teachers from both Beverley Grammar School and Hymers College as well my family who have supported me to follow my dreams”
Chris Stirling has praised the involvement of the U18 EAPs in training over this past two weeks and is delighted to see Archie look to make his senior debut, “Archie’s involvement this week is indicative of the quality of young players we have progressing through the academy, when I came to the club I recognised the Academy as world class and there are a number of players who have extremely bright futures. Archie has a fantastic work ethic, good attitude and is applying his learning really well in the sessions, I am pleased that he has committed his future to the club and further demonstrates how this club support and nurture young talented players.”
Over the next few weeks we have some extremely exciting news about more of the academy players committing themselves to the club as well making their senior debuts.