RISING rugby talent De La Rey Veenendaal has been selected for the England Counties under 20 squad following his success with Midlands on the left wing and scoring a very good individual try at the Under 20 Divisional tournament.
The former Glebe House Prep school pupil also helped Bedford Blues Academy win the under 19 National Colts Cup Final at Franklin’s Gardens to round off the season.
The Wisbech youngster, who also represented Midlands twice at under 18 level, spent several years with Northampton Saints Academy but at the end of last season he opted to leave the Saints to attend university.
Having represented the Blues 1st XV in a match against the Royal Air Force, he was invited to take part in pre-season training with the Blues, but injury kept him out until the start of the season returning to Blues U19 Academy to continue his rugby development where older brother Darryl is the first team scrum-half.
Veenendaal was sent on loan to Cambridge to experience adult rugby competing in National Division 1 primarily as a full-back.
The teenager, who is now a LLB Law undergraduate at University of Hertfordshire, has recently turned 19, and will be in contention for England Under 20s next season as well.
England’s first international fixture will be against Scotland under 20s at St Andrews University on May 4.