Will Hooley is just one example of the emerging talent coming out of the Eastern Counties EPDG.
Last season saw Will make his debut for the senior Saints side against Saracens in the LV= Cup and he would find himself in the starting line up another four times, including against Leicester at the Gardens – a game in which he made a staggering 20 tackles without a miss.
At just 11 years old, the young fly-half was taught by one of the game’s legendary fly-halves, after he appeared on the BBC TV programme ‘Jonny Wilkinson Hotshots’ and was instantly earmarked for success.
Will’s career began with Cambridge at the age of five, the playmaker moving to the Saints in 2008, when he was also selected to play for England Under-16.
He was part of the England squad who won the Junior World Championship in 2013, which he in turn used as a fantastic springboard to him carrying out a successful start to the season with Moseley.
Will is a prime example of the benefits of dual-registration, especially for young players.
Time at Billesley Common in 2013/14 primed him nicely for his return to Franklin’s Gardens, as he made an outstanding contribution in Saints’ LV= Cup campaign and in the quarter-final win of the Amlin Challenge Cup in the latter half of the season.