Former King Edward VII Academy and West Norfolk Rugby Club player, Ross Penn-Symonds, was selected to play for Leicester Tigers against Loughborough University at Welford Road Stadium earlier this month.
Penn-Symonds (17) is currently working through a two-year contract with the Premiership club’s academy.
Penn-Symonds said: “The game was a pre-season friendly, and an opportunity for the management team to give some senior squad players a run out and take a look at some new summer signings ahead of the Premiership season, and also evaluate some prospects working through the club’s development process.
“Although a friendly, the level of preparation and professionalism was amazing. I was a replacement, and to substitute first team player Riccardo Brugnara in the second half was a huge honour and the pinnacle of my career so far. Although trailing 10-12 at half-time, we came back to win 43-12.”
Penn-Symonds injured his knee close to the end against Loughborough, and is currently working with Tigers’ physio team to get back to full strength before the Premiership Rugby U18 Academy League kicks off in December. Following the current season, he hopes to secure a third year with Tigers to continue his development.
Prior to joining Leicester Tigers Academy, Penn-Symonds was trained by Rowland Smith and Richard Thorn at WNRUFC in North Wootton, and would encourage any budding young rugby prospects to join the club to fulfil their potential.