Burnley College rugby star Lewis Allen has been named as part of the England Colleges Rugby squad.
Lewis, an Advanced Level Sport Studies student, impressed selectors at the North of England trials held at Gloucester University and is now part of a 44 man squad which will take part in a week-long training camp in the New Year.
Lewis, who captains the College’s Rugby Academy, also plays rugby union for Preston Grasshoppers Colts and rugby league for Burnley and Pendle.
He came through the ranks at Leyland Warriors and played rugby league for the Lancashire service area team at the age of 14.
Brad Pates, Programme Leader for Sport at Burnley College, said: “We have a tradition of supplying high quality players to the North West Colleges squads and are delighted that Lewis has taken this a step further by being recognised by the national colleges’ selectors
“Being a member of this squad will allow Lewis to train with the best college rugby players in the country, improve his own performance and share the skills he has learnt with other Burnley College students.
“Lewis has good pace and skill and is an excellent field and place kicker and we are looking forward to him displaying these talents on a national level.”
Sports Academy students at Burnley College are able to pursue their chosen sport while studying on one of its Ofsted graded outstanding academic programmes.
Students at the academies make full use of the high specification facilities at the Princess Way campus and also the facilities of professional clubs.
The College runs academies in basketball, football golf, netball and rugby.