Saracens Ben Earl & Nick Isiekwe Sign On Dual Registration
Ampthill Director of Rugby Mark Lavery and European Champions Saracens, Academy Manager Don Barrell are pleased to confirm the first players for the upcoming season to benefit from the arrangement that sees young players contracted to Saracens Academy continue their match development under the Ampthill coaching team in National 1.
Number 8 Ben Earl (102kg) was born in Redhill and has been capped 6 times for England age groups as well as captaining England U16 & Saracens U18.
Last season Ben was part of the Saracens 7s squad at the Premiership Rugby Sevens and appeared for Saracens in the Aviva ‘A’ league.
Educated at Tonbridge where he captained both the 1stXV and 1stVII Ben can also play on the flank.
Lock Nick Isiekwe (1.98m, 113kg) has 12 England age group caps at U16, U17 & U18.
Last season he played for Saracens in the Aviva ‘A’ league while being a fixture in the England squad.
Born in Hemel Hempstead and educated at Haileybury College where he studied Psychology Nick’s early rugby was at Old Verulamians before joining Old Albanians.
Paul Turner (Head Coach) comments” I am delighted that our continuing partnership with European Champions Saracens continues into its second season. Last year Ralph Adams-Hale, Billy Walker and Max Wilkins all became valuable members of our match day squad. I am pleased to welcome Ben & Nick who join us on a similar arrangement, both are successful members of Saracens Academy and England U18 group and we are excited to help guide their future development.”
Don Barrell comments “Saracens are looking forward to continuing the relationship with Ampthill. There has been a successful partnership this year with our young players getting a great development opportunity to play in a competitive side. Nick and Ben are talented young guys and we expect they will turn up to Ampthill displaying the work ethic and buy in required to help the clubs National 1 campaign.”