Homegrown Trio Sign Academy Deals
Joyce, Braley and Uren join Bristol Academy
Three of the most exciting young prospects in English rugby have committed their futures to Bristol Rugby.
Steve Uren (Filton), Callum Braley (Hartpury) and Joe Joyce (Filton) will join the Academy ahead of the 2012/13 season.
The trio, who have all represented England U18s this year, progressed through the city’s esteemed Combination network – Uren representing Keynsham, Joyce with Southmead and Braley with St Mary’s.
“The three players have made excellent progress this season,” said Academy Manager Mike Hall. “Steve, Callum and Joe have bright futures in the game and their attitude and application has been exemplary.
“They have worked hard to gain international recognition and it’s very pleasing to see how they have developed as players. Their addition to the Academy is richly deserved and, as people, they represent the values that we as a club stand for.”
Flanker Steve Uren became the youngest player to represent the Club in the league when he was a late replacement in the 48-13 victory over Moseley in February.
The 18 year-old Filton product, who also scooped the 2011/12 BRIS Trust Junior Player Of The Year, represented England U18s twice this year.
Scrum-half Callum Braley has represented Bristol twice in the British & Irish Cup this season, featuring from the replacements bench against Cornish Pirates and Ayr.
The highly-rated 18 year-old helped England U18s to the FIRA/AER European crown in Madrid and was part of the Hartpury College side that beat Henley 34-21 to capture the AASE title at Twickenham.
Imposing lock-forward Joe Joyce graduates from the EPDG Gold group, following a series of outstanding performances for Filton College this season.
A physical ball carrier, the 18 year-old featured for England Schools & Club’s U18s in the recent international fixture versus Ireland.