TWELVE Taunton School pupils have been chosen to play for prestigious rugby academies across the South West.

The boys, aged 15 to 18, have been training hard with former professional Nicolas Sestaret at Taunton School.

The selected students are: Alex Brown (Exeter Chiefs Academy), Tyler Goosen (Exeter Chiefs Academy), Gabriel Hayal (Bath Academy), Archie Prosser (Bath Academy), George Perry (Bristol Academy), Alex Games-Thomas (Bristol Academy), Sam Stevenson (Bristol Academy), Will Perry (DPP) (Bristol Academy), Ben Mouzouri (DPP) (Bristol Academy), Thomas McConnell (Bristol Academy), Sebastian Dando (Bristol Academy) and Finlay Boarder (Somerset Under-18).

Sestaret said: “We are really proud that so many students have been selected to play for these prestigious academies.

"It is a reflection on all the hard work we have been doing in school developing them as rugby players, and it will give them invaluable experience of playing at the highest level for their age group.”