Josh Skelcey has seen plenty of first team action this season already © www.atsportphoto.com
Academy News Skelcey enjoying action-packed end to 2013
A first team debut at London Irish, continued involvement with the Wanderers and with England Under-18’s clash with Australia still to come in December – not forgetting the Aviva ‘A’ League final. It is certainly a busy time for Josh Skelcey, but one the Academy flyer is relishing.
The young wing got a taste of senior action last season with the Wanderers and while injury has held him back a little this term, Skelcey is delighted to now be back playing in any shirt.
“I was really pleased just to be involved with the first team,” the young wing told the Saints Podcast. “I’d been injured prior to that which was frustrating but it good to get back and make my first appearance for the first team.
“Obviously it was only two minutes but it was a really intense two minutes and a great experience for me.”
Of the side that saw off Quins in Monday evening’s thriller, Skelcey was one of 14 who had seen action in the LV= Cup over the previous fortnight and the cohesion certainly showed as they raced clear of the ‘A’ League holders before holding off a late fight-back for a deserved win.
“We took that win and momentum from the LV= Cup into Monday evening and produced a really good performance against a strong and experienced Harlequins side. It was a good result and really pleasing for us to reach the final.
"We’ve got a real team bond now not only in the Wanderers but through the whole squad. I think that’s shown as we’ve only lost the one game in the ‘A’ League and we’ve been playing really well and scoring lots of tries.”
Next up for the wing is a trip to Harrow School next Wednesday and hopefully further international honours with England Under-18, a side with whom he became a European champion earlier this year.
“I was really pleased to get the call up but quite surprised too, having not been playing through injury,” Skelcey admitted. “But I’m obviously really looking forward to playing and it’s always great to get an international cap.
“It’s good to be able to measure yourself not only against players of your age in your country, but also against the top players from all around the world. It’s a real chance for me to perform and put a bit of pressure on the players in the 20s.”
Listen to the full interview in the official Saints Podcast, released tomorrow afternoon and free for download HERE. There’s also a Movember chat with Dylan Hartley, more reaction from Monday evening’s ‘A’ League triumph and a preview of Saturday’s Aviva Premiership trip to Worcester, all for FREE!