After illuminating his team’s thumping win over Manchester last weekend Moseley starlet Henry Trinder is looking to shine brightly on the international stage.
The 19-year-old scored three of Mose’s seven tries in Saturday’s 48-7 victory over National One’s bottom team but had no time to bask in his glory because of England Under-20 commitments.
The following day Trinder, one of several dual-registered youngsters shared by Moseley and Premiership outfit Gloucester, jetted out to Portugal with the national age group squad where he aims to make an impact ahead of next year’s Six Nations championship.
The former Cirencester colt, who has represented England at Under-18 level, joins Charlie Sharples and Dan Williams at the warm weather training camp and will return in time for next Saturday’s match at London Welsh.
But for the next three days he will focus on finding a way to convince Red Rose head coach Mark Mapletoft his eight appearances with Moseley – and the seven tries he scored during them - stand him in good stead for a starting berth when England kick off the defence of their Under-20 title in February.
During his first full senior season the youngster has played on both wings and at outside centre, although it is the latter role where he sees his future.
“I have always had wing or centre tag and gone from one to the other but now I see myself as a centre rather than a winger,” Trinder said. “I might not have the bulk yet as a centre but I have got other qualities that fill well into the outside role.
“The England set-up have talked to me playing 13, wing and even full back. Hopefully I can get in there and get some game time. I don’t really want to be seen as a ‘come off the bench’ player and operate in any position. I want to set myself one position and do well at it.
“On Saturday I was just glad to get back in the team after a couple of weeks’ rest. Hopefully I can keep it going for the rest of the season.
“I am lucky they are giving me the opportunity here. I want to play well and stay in the side for next season.
“I want to impress here at Moseley and hopefully word will filter down to Gloucester so that I can keep my contract and maybe do well with the England Under-20s.”
If his most recent performance is anything to go by the Kingsholm contract should be a sinecure. Two of his three tries came from inside his own half and demonstrated the breakaway pace that gives him every chance of fulfilling his domestic and international ambitions.
The third came courtesy of a delightful angle that took him clean through the Manchester defence – only one Moseley player of many to enjoy that experience last weekend - as Ian Smith’s men celebrated the end of a run of three matches against full-time teams with a convincing second-half performance.
“We have got a very dangerous backline,” Trinder said. “With the other Gloucester academy boys we have got and the boys that are already here, if we get fast ball we can compete with anyone in the league.
“We approached the game positively, they tried to come out, annoy us and muck up our ball but we gelled together well as a team. We looked to go wide as well as go up the middle and that use of backs and forwards meant we had a good game.”
Smith will be faced with something of a selection dilemma for the trip to Old Deer Park. Jack Adams could be available again after playing Sevens while skipper Andy Reay should be fit to return, leaving the head coach with three centres to squeeze into two places.
Reay was taken off in the second period after injuring his neck but is expected to be ready for the trip to London as is Nathan Bressington who has also suffered no ill effects from his neck problem.
n?Six North Midlands players have been named in the Midlands Under-16 squad for next month’s first Divisional Festival at Broadstreet RFC near Coventry.
The sextet were selected after impressing the Midlands selectors in the final trial at Solihull School and they will prepare for the Divisional Festival from January 9 to 11 with a development weekend at Ellesmere College in north Shropshire the previous weekend.
The North Midlands players in the 24-strong Midlands squad are: props Hugh McBride (Bromsgrove School) and Ryan Furniss (Chantry HS), No?8 Barnie Woods (Bishop of Hereford’s Bluecoat School), hooker Tom Griffiths (Bishop of Hereford’s Bluecoat School), scrum half Oliver Simcox and centre James Hill (both Old Swinford Hospital School).