London Broncos scholarship player, Seth Jackson, has been included in the England under 16 squad to face Wales on Saturday 2 September.
Joining a host of first team players representing their respective nations, 15 year old Jackson becomes the first Broncos youth player to be called up to represent his country in at least three years.
Having originally been one of 27 players invited to a national training day, Jackson now joins the 19 man squad’s training camp ahead of the game.
Explaining the process behind his selection, the talented youngster commented: “Rob Powell (London’s Head of Youth) put me forward for the first trial.
“When I got the call up to say I’d made it, I didn’t really believe it had happened – it sort of took a while to kick in! I’m really happy, and I’m so excited to get out there and play.”
Having originally played rugby union with Old Ruts RFC, when a league team was offered, Rutlish Raiders, Jackson jumped at the chance.
“My union team decided to start a league team to keep us going in the summer, and keep us fit for the winter, which is how I started playing rugby league.
“I played Origin for two years, and then I went to a London Broncos trial, and it’s gone from there.
“For now, I’m going to take it one step at a time – I just want to keep playing as much as I can. I love the sport, and playing it is probably my favourite thing to do in life.”
London’s Head of Youth, Rob Powell, added: “It was a fine achievement for Seth to be selected in the initial England youth training squad, but even more so that he has now been named in the 19 man squad for the game against Wales.
“If you consider the amount of scholarship players across the Super League academies he is competing with, this is a massive effort.
“Seth has worked extremely hard for this, and wish him the best in both the camp and game, but I also hope it acts as a catalyst for other players on our programme and players from outside, who aspire to play for the Broncos and for their country.”
Huw Goodwin, Under 16s Head Coach, added: “It’s a great achievement for Seth to be selected and it is fully justified based on his efforts this season.
“The scholarship coaching staff are very proud of his selection, and we’re confident that he will be a shining example of the London Broncos’ scholarship programme.”