Warrington Wolves U18’s and U21’s front rower and SquadBuilder sponsored player Steve Pickersgill, 17 has been selected to go on the England Academy Under 18 tour of Australia and New Zealand which departs on Monday.
Steve signed for the Wolves at the age of 14 under an educational apprenticeship in conjunction with Warrington Borough Council, having played his junior rugby at Crosfields ARLFC. He is the younger brother of John, 20 who plays for the Wolves U21s team. He is a highly rated young player who has featured for both Junior and Senior Academy sides since 2003. His father Roy is a former Warrington player playing in the 70’s.
Steve has featured in the first team friendlies against Widnes on Boxing Day 2003 and in Mark Hilton’s Testimonial game against Leigh in January 2004. He made 9 appearances for the Senior Academy and appeared in all the Junior Academy games last season scoring 12 tries. This season he has been ever present in the line up for both teams, with 10 appearances for the Senior Academy scoring 2 tries.
Steve commented on his selection,
“I am very excited it is a big opportunity and a chance to make a name for myself. I believed I could do it and I am looking forward to the experience. It brings me one step closer to the first team.”
Dave Elliott, the U18s Coach was delighted with Steve’s selection,
“It is a wonderful achievement for Steve, his parents and the Warrington Wolves. He is the first player that has gone from Development to Scholarship and then through to the Junior and Senior Academy and then to be selected for international duties. He is the first player to be selected to go on tour since Mike Gregory in 1991. Steve has shown over the last 12 months that he is a player of immense potential and I would say that it will only be a matter of months before he is knocking on the door of our first team.”