A Cramlington Rockets player took his first steps into international rugby when he ran out for England Colleges Lionhearts in their friendly against Scotland Colleges.
Having impressed the national coaches with his displays for the North East at the National College Championships in June, Fraser Boldy trained with the England squad before making the final cut for the match day squad.
Joining the Rockets as an under-13, Boldy’s journey into an England shirt has seen him play both rugby league and rugby union, as well as represent the North East Academy, where he was part of the first north east team to beat a Super League Academy side.
With the match against Scotland taking place at Kingston Park, it was the first time a Rocket has made an international appearance on his ‘home ground’, and he is the latest to pull on the England jersey this summer, after U17s Matty Gordon and Jack Tait toured Italy with the England Lionhearts.
Speaking to Newcastle Thunder about his debut, Boldy said: “To be able to walk out onto my home pitch, sing the national anthem and represent my country was a proud and surreal experience.
“The game itself was a physical battle with both teams trying to get the upper hand in the early stages. We were very dangerous in attached and managed to create a lot of scoring opportunities.”
Having crossed the whitewash for a try of his own in the 42-14 win, Boldy added: “It was a very special moment to score a try in front of friends and family who had come along to support me.
“To get a win with the boys was very important ahead of our tour to the Czech Republic. Hopefully we can continue to do our country proud.”