A talented young rugby scholarship student at Bishop Burton Colleg has been called up to represent England.
Student Api Bavadra, 18, has been drafted into the England Sevens squad to compete in the HSBC World Sevens Series in Paris. The competition which he will be playing in will also be shown live on Sky Sports.
Api’s international call up is a testament to his character, dedication and love of the game.
According to Bishop Burton’s Director of Rugby, Mike Umaga, the player has made huge strides. Commenting on the Bavadra he said;
“Api is just one year into our rugby programme. He has made huge strides towards fulfilling his potential.”
Api Bavadra Certainly The Talent Say Coaches At College
“When he arrived he was a raw talent. We are delighted with how hard he has worked, alongside our coaching staff, to get himself into this position for international honours.”
“We are excited to see how Api goes this weekend in Paris. Also for what the next year, and beyond, holds for him.”
“The college is delighted to have played a role in Api’s development. While we are also delighted to be able to support him playing on the world’s biggest stage.”
England has been drawn in Pool A. They will play series leaders and winners of the weekend’s HSBC London Sevens tournament, Fiji. England will also face Ireland and Argentina.
Api also plays for Akuma Hurricanes in the Super Sevens Series, alongside Bishop Burton rugby coach, Tomasi Tanumi.
England will start their quest in the finals against Fiji on Saturday at 11.05AM. Coverage of all games featuring England and also the other sides can be followed on Sky Sports Arena.
While Saturday features all the qualifying rounds, Sunday will be fixtures that conclude the knock out stages. The grand final can also be viewed on Sky on Sunday 2 June.