The London Irish AASE squad started their season strongly, recording a 42 – 13 win over Ivybridge College on Wednesday at Hazelwood.

The Exiles ran in six tries in total, with Sam Evans, Jarrod Leat, Angus Southon, Freddie Bunting, Adam Warner and Man of the Match Conor Hayhow all crossing with Jacob Atkins adding 12 points from the tee.

The game is the first of three home games for the AASE versus the Exeter colleges, but now attentions turn to next week’s game away to Filton School.

“It was a good win and a great start to the season,” said Academy Coach Declan Danaher.

“The boys are happy which is the main thing and now we look forward to Filton next week.

“They have had a good start to the season and are unbeaten so we are expecting a tough, physical encounter.

“This was a great way to start the season but we are starting a tough six week block now with five big games.”

The AASE (Achieving Academic and Sporting Excellence) scheme is targeted at talented Year 12 and Year 13 students who have the realistic potential to play at the elite end of the game.

It is a three-tiered framework supporting the players in both their rugby and academic development. The players do A levels at the school. They need a minimum of 5 GCSEs which must include Maths and English to join.

If you wish to apply, or want any further information on the AASE programme please contact the AASE Head coach with an Academic and Rugby CV by emailing   [email protected]

Click here to find out more on the London Irish AASE scheme.

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