Scotland place for Skeet in student World Cup

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Hawick Linden prop Terry Skeet will be switching codes this summer after being selected to play in the Student Rugby League World Cup.

A student at Borders College, Skeet, 18, has been selected to join the Scotland squad and is one of nine players selected from the country’s colleges and universities.

“It’s a great feeling to be selected for the squad and to be a part of the World Cup,” he said.

Coached by Alan Davidson and his assistant, former Scotland half back John Duffy, the team open their tournament against Australia at Bradford’s Odsal Stadium on Thursday, July 4, followed by games against Russia at South Leeds Stadium (July 7) and New Zealand at Dewsbury (July 10).

Skeet joined Borders College through the Best Chance project, created to give support to youngsters transferring from school on to a full-time college programme. He enrolled on the BASE Rugby course and on completion decided to take up a trade and has almost completed his brickwork course.

Richie Gray, BASE Rugby course tutor said: “This is just another example of how the BASE course has had a major effect on a young player’s progression inside and outside of the sport, this selection is testament to Terry’s hard work.”

Terry added: “Many times I thought I would not make anything of myself but with the help of the BASE Rugby course, and lecturers at the college, I have been proved wrong. I would like to thank everyone who has helped me on my journey so far.”