Old Whitgiftian Rugby

Old Whitgiftian rugby trio perform ahead of World Cup.

Old Whitgiftian trio, Elliot Daly (Wasps), Marland Yarde (Harlequins) and Danny Cipriani (Sale Sharks), all impressed in England’s crushing 73-12 victory over the Barbarians, as Stuart Lancaster’s side began their World Cup preparations with a bang.

All three were recently named in an extended 50-man training group, which will be reduced to 31 for the showpiece event that kicks off in September - and they were on top form against the world’s premier invitational side.

Yarde got the ball rolling with a neat individual score, with man-of-the-match Cipriani adding two of his own. Daly was a constant threat in midfield and his arching run set up a score for flanker Jack Clifford.

Whereas Yarde and Cipriani have both been involved with the senior England squad in the recent past, it was a big moment for Daly, who has had an outstanding year at club level with Wasps. Along with Yarde, he helped Whitgift win the 2010 ERSFU Daily Mail/RBSU18 National Schools’ Rugby Cup, and was in the side that retained the title a year later.

Cipriani, who converted all 10 England tries to collect a personal haul of 30 points, has also played at Twickenham in Whitgift colours, being part of the team that defeated Millfield in the 2003 ERSFU Daily Mail/RBS U15 National Schools’ Rugby Cup.

The wider training group will next convene at Pennyhill Park later this month, ahead of further pre-World Cup engagements against France, home and away, and Ireland at Twickenham, in early September.

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