Collett makes All Stars team

Stamford School First XV Captain, Connor Collett, has been selected for  Rugby World Magazine All Stars team of the autumn term, pictured with headmaster Will Phelan
Stamford School First XV Captain, Connor Collett, has been selected for Rugby World Magazine All Stars team of the autumn term, pictured with headmaster Will Phelan

Stamford School First XV captain Connor Collett capped off a brilliant 2013 by being named in the prestigious Rugby World All Stars Team of the autumn term.

Collett is the third Stamford School First XV captain in a row to make the Rugby World All Stars side following Tom Gulland in 2012 and Louis Grimoldby in 2011.

It was announced last week that Grimoldby, who now plays for Aviva Premiership side Harlequins, has been selected to represent the England U20s squad for the Six Nations.

Pleased with his achievements Collett paid tribute to his team mates.

He said: “It’s great to get the recognition, but ultimately I have been lucky to have a great bunch of team mates this season.”

Collett has led the team to 15 wins from 16 games as the side came perilously close to a second successive unbeaten season, losing narrowly away at Bedford School.

The First XV have made it through to the last 16 of the NatWest Cup and achieved a Daily Mail ranking of ten in the top UK rugby playing schools,

The Endowed School’s First XV have been a dominant rugby force in recent years, not losing at home since November 2010.

Stamford School director of rugby David Laventure said: “Connor has been exemplary all season.

“As a leader he has always led right from the front and kept his cool in some high pressure situations.

“As a player his contribution around the breakdown has been invaluable to the side’s success and he should be really pleased with this recognition.

“He has the ability to play the game at a very high level indeed.