James Letherby Joins Up For Pre Season
Filton College product joins as part of UWE Scholarship Scheme
Former Filton College centre James Letherby (pictured left) has joined up with Bristol Rugby’s squad and will train full-time with the first team ahead of the 2011/12 RFU Championship campaign.
Letherby, a UWE Scholarship student, will combine his rugby development with academic study, following in the footsteps of Marco Mama who has made 13 first-team appearances for Bristol Rugby since his debut in 2010.
The scheme, set up in 2010 by former Academy Manager and current Head Coach Liam Middleton, sees young players with elite potential the opportunity to succeed on and off the field. The 19 year-old from Weston will train with Bristol Academy while representing UWE in the BUCS Premier League.
Middleton commented: "James is an ideal candidate for the UWE/Bristol Scholarship, he was part of a very successful Filton side last year and has been so impressive in the first few weeks of pre-season that we have asked him to join the first team training group on a full time basis for pre season. He has good pace and accurate distribution skills, but what has been more impressive is his attitude and character. This has earned him his place with the full time group."