Early outing for the seniors in 2016 & last season at the Surrey 7's
21 year-old Ironsider, Jake Seymour joined our club at U13 and thrived amongst a very strong group of players including Victor Keunen, Harlequins Academy, Harlequins A, England U16 and recently, Loughborough 1st XV. Seymour played through to U18 and whilst being influential in the last three U21 Surrey Cup Campaigns, playing both 15’s and 7’s at senior men’s level, has, in the background, been quietly making his mark in Code 13.
By the 2012-13 season, Seymour was enjoying his rugby so much, he wanted to extend his playing/ball time and decided that Rugby League might be a good idea, playing through the Summer and so joined Croydon Hurricanes.
This ‘experiment’ turned out to be fruitful over the following two seasons, spending time at London Broncos Academy, representing SE England Colleges in a national competition for two consecutive seasons and playing in the London Origin Series in 2014. Whilst at Hurricanes, he met Jordan Richardson, who has since migrated and represented Ironsides Rugby at U18, U21 and senior 1st XV. Both also played in last years Memorial Game and are likely to play again this September for the ‘Presidents Legacy XV’
2014 - National colleges competition & with Jordan Richardson at London Origin
2016 – Seymour accepted a place at Leeds Beckett University to study Sports Coaching. Obviously there was another major goal, making it onto one of the strongest RL university sides in the country. Seymour was quick to grasp this opportunity with both hands – Securing a regular starting spot for the senior XIII (And his first broken nose!) Things were definitively ‘On the up’ – Up North!
Playing at the BUCS CHAMPIONSHIPS at the end of the last university year, Seymour was approached by Scotland scouts (Having Scottish grandparents on both sides of the family, and so eligible for selection!) Asked to attend trials in Edinburgh in April. The offer letter arrived early June, game on! The lyrics to ‘Flower of Scotland’ needed to be learnt and memorised! (If not, would result in court fines!)
Fast-forward to the annual STUDENTS HOME NATIONS competition, July 2018, South Wales – Pontypridd RFC. Launched in 1994, has become THE major showcase for aspiring young RL talent across the UK.
The competition, with three games over the course of one week, is a tough ask in anybody’s book! Compounded this year by the heat-wave we have been experiencing!
First up, England who were clear favourites to win the competition. Seymour playing against two of his regular Beckett comrades. Sure enough, the ‘Bravehearts’ were overpowered but as it transpired, Scotland breached England’s line the most across the entire tournament, with 18 points.
What a first half against the Welsh - with a hat-trick of tries before the break!
After a rehab/training day, next up, a very decent looking Welsh side. From kick off, Scotland looked in much better shape and, in what turned out to be a close battle, Scotland were finally victors – Seymour scoring a hat-trick of tries in the first forty. Final score, 23-16.
The final encounter saw Scotland taking on a very physical but wounded Ireland, on a scorching Sunday afternoon in Pontypridd. Both squads depleted after a brutal week of rugby, saw Scotland come away with a convincing 44-12 win.
Seymour assuming kicking duties for the day with an 80% success rate from the boot. 3 penalties and 6 conversions, capping those points off with a try, making him Scotland’s leading points scorer across the competition and helping to secure second place behind a dominant England.
Unfortunately for Ireland, the boot was working - 3 penalties and 6 conversions
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