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Rugby Academy graduate Sean Lonsdale scores first English Premiership try for Exeter Chiefs

Rugby Academy graduate Sean Lonsdale scores first English Premiership try for Exeter Chiefs

A former Rugby Academy star at Rydal Penrhos achieved another significant milestone as he continues to make his presence felt on the English domestic scene.

Sean Lonsdale, who left the school in 2015, notched his first ever English Premiership try for Exeter Chiefs in their hard-fought 14-9 home victory over Bristol Bears at Sandy Park, which was their tenth success in 12 league contests so far this term and saw them move four points clear at the Gallagher Premiership Rugby summit.

The 21-year-old, who joined Rydal Penrhos as a Year 10 pupil in 2011, was later part of the school’s Rugby Academy that is run in partnership with Principality Premiership side RGC and the Welsh Rugby Union.

He then made the move from the Welsh domestic set-up to the Chiefs, and has made a considerable impact for the Chiefs’ senior side this year after a successful loan spell at Cornish Pirates.

Lonsdale crossed the white wash for the hosts’ second try of the contest after a considerable spell of phases, which went a long way to securing another notable triumph for the title challengers.

Director of Sport Allen Boyd, said: “It is fantastic to see so many of our Rugby Academy graduates shining not only for RGC, but also some other prestigious and high-profile clubs across the country.

“Sean’s development to an English Premiership player is a tremendous achievement, and given his age there is plenty of scope to progress further and enhance his growing reputation as one of the brightest young prospects anywhere in the country.”

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