Black Backed By Middlesex 7S Call Up

Scotland under-19 and Carnegie rugby scholar Alex Black has been selected for Leeds Carnegie's squad for the Middlesex Sevens at Twickenham this weekend.

Scottish Exile, Black, will run out against fellow Scots Peter Jericevich and Rory Hutton who will be competing in an international select under the banner of ‘Help for Heroes’ in support of the charity which helps those who have been wounded in Britain’s current conflicts.

Alex, who is studying on the FdSc Sports Performance course at Leeds Met, also plays for the Scottish Exiles and this year was selected for Scotland's under 19's rugby training squad.

The squad contains some of Leeds Carnegie's brightest young stars and has an average age of 20. Six of the squad played at the Middlesex Sevens last year before going on to make their first team debuts last season as well as helping the club's Under 19 side win the Yorkshire Cup.

Young scrum half Alex Black, 19, is a former pupil at Prince Henry's Grammar School in Otley, the school that also produce England scrum half Danny Care. Before joining Leeds Carnegie Alex played for Harrogate and Ripon and has won representative honours with Scotland at U17, U18 and U19 level.  Inverness-born Alex, who supports Arsenal, has been elevated to the Leeds Carnegie first team squad during the summer.

Commenting on the squad Diccon Edwards, Leeds Carnegie Academy Manager, said: "We are going there looking to build on the experience of last year. We have a few Sevens specialists in the group and hopefully we can surprise a few people."

"A lot of the young players have been training with the first team squad during the summer and have really benefited from the full time training environment and I know they are keen to show what they can do. We have got Wasps first up on Saturday and we will take it from there but it is a great occasion and a tremendous experience for everyone involved," added Edwards.

Leeds Met is the official academic partner of the Scottish Exiles. The Scottish Rugby Union Exiles are Scottish eligible players who live, or are based in England and perform at a playing level that allows them to pursue a pathway to international rugby with Scotland.