Corey scores England dream as Hipperholme hotshot impresses during national rugby trials
Talented Corey McCormack received an early birthday present – after he achieved England rugby development selection just days before he turned 13-years-old.
Pupil Corey, who plays for Huddersfield RUFC and Brighouse Rangers’ ARLFC junior teams, scored the dream chance to join the U13s England Rugby
Development Player Programme after impressing during competitive trials involving over 400 pupils from across the UK.
The Hipperholme Grammar School hotshot was given the good news in the run-up to his 13th birthday – with confirmation that he will join the squad this month (August) and have the opportunity to feature in regional rugby festivals and train monthly for the next year.
Corey’s proud mum, Mrs McCormack, said: “Corey is extremely happy and really proud of himself. When he received the news, in his own words, he said he was ‘buzzing’!”
One-to-watch Corey, who has been playing rugby since the tender age of six, was put forward for the England programme by Mr Crouchman.
And Corey’s selection means he’s become the third Hipperholme Grammar School pupil to qualify for the programme following George Gillgrass and Joe
Underwood’s success last year.
Mr Crouchman, Head of PE, said: “Corey has strength and speed on the rugby field and he’s constantly aware of the game in hand and what’s required. He is a good organiser, a great defender and very difficult to stop once he has the ball.”
Corey, who plays both codes as either a number eight in rugby union or a loose forward in league, competed in extensive trials set by the England fast-track programme. He received extremely positive feedback from each of his tireless performances and was selected as one of the final 30.
Mrs McCormack added: “He gave it his absolute all. We are really proud of Corey and everything he’s achieved so far.
“He has set his sights on going professional in the sport too and has already earmarked Saracens and England as his rugby goals!”