A talented rugby player has been named in the new academy intake at English Premiership club, Worcester Warriors.

Theo Mayell from Walford near Ross-on-Wye captained Warriors Under-18s in the Premiership Rugby Under-18 Academy League during the season.

Last year’s Monmouth School for Boys head boy was also selected to play for England Under-18s but was prevented from playing in the Six Nations competition after breaking his wrist while leading his school into the Vase semi-finals at the prestigious Rosslyn Park Sevens last March.

After an outstanding couple of days, Theo, 18, and the Monmouth boys showed character and resilience at Rosslyn Park to reach the last four before bowing out to a strong Stowe School side, who went on to lift the trophy.

Theo, who was the school 1st XV captain last term, is one of only five players named in the new Three Pears Warriors intake.

Although Theo has played most of his rugby at number eight for the school and Monmouth RFC, he can also operate at openside flanker.

It is exciting news for Theo, who is a former Walford Primary School pupil.

It follows on from school team-mate Joe Jenkins, another Herefordshire boy, who has recently signed professional terms with Bristol Bears’ senior academy for next season.

Joe, a centre, who started his rugby at Hereford RFC, was deputy head boy last year, and was also named in the England Under-18s rugby squad, only to miss out through injury.