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BEN Cooper has become the second King s School Ely student to be called up for the under-15 Eastern Counties rugby squad. Cooper captained the successful King s under-15 side, which reached the fourth round of the National Schools Cup, has represented She

BEN Cooper has become the second King's School Ely student to be called up for the under-15 Eastern Counties rugby squad.

Cooper captained the successful King's under-15 side, which reached the fourth round of the National Schools Cup, has represented Shelford and captained Cambridgeshire under-15s as a prop-forward.

King's rugby coach Kevin Shaw said: "Ben will take to the Eastern Counties side a determination to succeed, an infectious enthusiasm for the game and a real physical presence of strength and power that has proved so crucial to the success of our under-15 school side.

"He has worked incredibly hard to improve his fitness over the past few months and follows a daily fitness and diet regime.


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"He thoroughly deserves his success and I am sure if he continues to develop, this will be the first of many successes."

Cooper, who lives in Red Lodge, said: "I'm really pleased to be selected and will do everything I can to make the most of the Eastern Counties coaches' confidence in me."

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He joins classmate Jack Lines, who was selected for the squad earlier in the season to play as a fly-half or centre.

Mr Shaw said: "Jack is blessed with real pace and power and has proved himself to be a most impressive player on the schools circuit this year."

Cooper, Lines and the other elite group of under-15 players from Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk will stay together for two years and have the opportunity to get into the London Division side and England trials next year.

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