A TRIO of promising youngsters from Winnington Park's junior section have impressed the selectors for Cheshire's under 18s boys' team.

Jamie Hawes, Cameron Herron and George Hyde were rewarded for their consistency during a demanding trials process with a place in the county's training squad.

They hope to feature in representative fixtures later this season.

"The sessions were fiercely-contested and the standard was very high," said Steve Bate, the team's manager.

Hyde, a prop, has been a member of Cheshire squads in the past.

A student at Sir John Deane's College in Northwich, he is also the reigning national shot champion for his age-group and represented Great Britain at the European Youth Championships last summer.

Herron is a back-row forward who attends Grange School in Hartford and has moved through the ranks at Burrows Hill since joining as a six-year-old.

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Jamie Hawes is one of three players from Winnington Park's colts team to have been invited to train with Cheshire's under 18s boys' squad after a successful trial. Picture: Mark Stringer/MKS Photography

Stand-off Hawes, also a sixth form student at Grange, has followed a similar path after representing Winnington for the first time at under eights level.

All three are regulars for a Park side in the North West Colts League's Senior Division C.

They hope to make an impression too in the Cheshire RFU Plate and will host Altrincham Kersal at the semi-finals stage.

Meanwhile Matt Farr, head coach at Winnington, is sure to be monitoring their progress after promising last month to give emerging talents a chance to show what they can do in the first-team.

He has selected Sam Houghton and Archie Sanchez since the turn of the year.

“We’ve demonstrated our commitment by picking two of our colts,” he told the Guardian.

“While we know they have the quality to play at this level, it’s always a big step up to senior rugby.

"However we believe there are others who can compete for a place in the future."