Whilst the Blues players prepare for their pre-season warm up game against Plymouth this Saturday, one of the Blues Academy Development squad players is hitting the headlines in New Zealand.

Fly Half Dan Lewis, who has been playing for the Valley club in the Citizen’s Shield competition in North Otago this summer, has been getting some good write ups in the local press, ending the season as the competition’s highest points scorer and second highest try scorer.  Valley lost to the Old Boys club on Saturday in the final of the Citizens’ Shield play off competition by 20pts – 13. 

Dan has now been selected for the North Otago representative side to play in the Mitre 10 Heartland Championship.  The Championship is the second tier provincial tournament in NZ with 12 teams competing for the two distinct trophies, both named after legendary New Zealand players:  the Meads Cup, the more prestigious trophy, named  after Colin Meads, and the Lochore Cup, named after Brian Lochore.  North Otago start their fixtures at the end of August with a trip to the North Island to play Horowhenua-Kapiti, with their first home game the week after against mid-Canterbury.

Lewis, was the first player to join the Blues Academy Development squad last season.  He played on loan at Cambridge in National One, and appeared for the Blues in their friendlies against Northampton Saints and The Army, and made his debut in the Championship in the Blues’ away game at Cornish Pirates at the end of last season.  The trip to NZ was designed to broaden his experience, before his return to the UK in October.

Blues Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said …”We are getting some good reports from Colin Jackson, and the North Otago coaches, on how Dan is playing in New Zealand.  He will be back in the UK in October, and we are looking forward to seeing how he has developed over the summer.”

Next Home Match

Saturday 14th September
1st XV Pre Season
Goldington Road