A talented young rugby star at Rydal Penrhos has been praised after making his senior debut for RGC last weekend.
Dan Owen, an upper sixth pupil at the school, came on as a second half substitute in the Gogs’ 30-16 Principality Premiership win at Neath, their second triumph in succession.
The 17-year-old is part of the Rydal Penrhos Rugby Academy, which is run in partnership with RGC and the Welsh Rugby Union, and has produced a plethora of senior squad players in recent years.
Current senior squad stars that have descended from the academy include Mei Parry, Sam Jones, Danny Cross, Joe Simpson, Efan Jones and player-coach Josh Leach.
Another academy product, Sean Lonsdale, departed the Parc Eirias side this summer to sign for English Premiership side Exeter Chiefs.
Director of Sport Allen Boyd, said:
“I don’t think there are many 17-year-olds that are playing Premiership rugby, so it is a testament to how much talent Dan has and how hard he has worked to achieve his goals.
“He is the latest in a long line of success stories for our academy, which has produced players of international-calibre down the years, which has been extremely pleasing.”
The forward captained RGC U17s through their unbeaten run at the Conwy International Festival, drawing rave reviews for his performances throughout the tournament.
RGC U16 coach Dave Roberts was also full of praise for the pupil, saying:
“Incredible for Dan. Well done on all the hard work.
“Premiership rugby whilst still in school is a fantastic achievement.”
Acting head Roger McDuff, added:
“Dan has shown that age is no barrier if you have the talent, and everyone at Rydal Penrhos is thrilled for him and all he has accomplished so far.”