A TALENTED rugby player is celebrating after he was called up to play for the Bristol Bears Academy in the National Academies week long under 16’s festival.

Finley Davis, a year 11 student at The King Alfred School, an Academy, is making fantastic progress in the world of rugby and is playing with some of the best young talent in Britain.

He has just starred for Bristol Bears Academy in the National Academies under 16’s festival at Wellington College in Berkshire and was the only person selected to play from his team, The Weston Hornets.

His call up came after sensational performances for the Weston Hornets.

Finley’s team played against the Newcastle Falcons, Sale Sharks and Northampton Saints over the course of five days and he took part in a joint training session with Leicester Tigers.

Speaking about the experience, Finley said: “I didn’t really expect such an opportunity and was fairly surprised at the offer. It was a good experience and I am looking forward for what is next to come.”

Bristol Bears Academy will go on to select ten people who played for them at the National Academics to be part of their academy for next year.

Nathan Jenkins, principal of The King Alfred School, praised Finley’s achievements and said he hopes he has a bright future in the sport.

He said: “As a coach of rugby myself I recognise this as a great opportunity and achievement for Finley.

“He is a talented young man and I am sure his determination and dedication will help him go far in the sport. ”

The news comes weeks after Rhys Anderson, a year nine student at the King Alfred School, participated in his first ever table tennis tournament at the Robert Blake School in Bridgwater.

Rhys took part in the under 15’s singles and the junior doubles but unfortunately lost his match.

He said: “Doing this, I have realised what I need to improve before my next tournament.

“It’s been incredible and still a good experience to have for the future.”

Since entering the tournament, Rhys has been selected to join a League team which will allow him to play better in the future.