Bath Rugby Academy and England U20 scrum-half Chris Cook has been selected for the Northern Hemisphere's squad for the Heroes Rugby Challenge, taking place at Twickenham Stadium in a couple of weeks. The young player will face opposition from a formidable Southern Hemisphere side which includes five All Blacks.
Chris commented: "It's every rugby players dream to play at Twickenham so I'm really chuffed to fulfil a lifelong ambition. Playing in the Heroes Rugby Challenge in front of a big crowd will really help me get the kind of experience I need to help me develop as a player. I'm also stoked at the prospect of playing against Justin Marshall. He's a legend of All Black rugby."
"I'm very proud to have been selected for the Heroes Rugby Challenge and to be doing my bit to help raise money for the brave servicemen and women who get badly injured serving our country."
Former England second-row and Bath Academy Director, Danny Grewcock, who will play second row in the match, said:
"It's great that this game can not only help to raise a substantial amount of money for Help for Heroes but also help develop young rugby talent by allowing them the chance to play on the big stage. Very many congratulations to Chris for making the Northern Hemisphere squad. I've known him for a number of years now and seen him develop in to a fine player. I hope he enjoys himself and takes his chance to show people what he's capable of. "
Duncan Bell has also been named in the Northern Hemisphere squad adding to the Bath contingent, lining up alongside the likes of Will Greenwood, Tom Smith, Serge Betson, Alan Quinlan and members of the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and Army.