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RUGBY UNION: Brodley out to take Scotland chance
JORDAN Brodley wants to make his mark with Scotland Under 20s after being called up to their training squad.
The 20-year-old, from Nuneham Courtney, near Oxford, attended a three-day camp earlier this month in Edinburgh, which was the first stage in Scotland’s selection process.
Scotland’s coaches told Brodley to switch from the back row to hooker to make it at international level – a move the ambitious youngster was happy to accept.
“The recent camp that I attended went well,” said the son of former Chinnor, Oxfordshire and now Marlow coach John Brodley.
“I am still waiting on feedback, but the initial feeling is that I seemed to impress.
“Off the back of this, if everything went well, I will be invited back to attend a second camp later this year.”
Former Magdalen College School pupil Brodley was previously involved with the Oxford Rugby set-up before joining his father at Marlow.
He also played junior cricket for Oxfordshire and is now studying at Bristol University.
Brodley was able to switch allegiance from the English Lambs under 18 side to Scotland as his mother was born there.
He earned a spot at the Edinburgh session after impressing at a Scottish Exiles training camp in August.
“My long-term ambitions are clear – to play at the top level,” said Brodley, who is also playing for Bristol University.
“I hope to find a club here in Bristol to develop my awareness and physicality in men’s rugby, but the ultimate goal is to be playing international rugby.”
He added: “I will hopefully be invited back to the next Scotland camp where I will have another opportunity to impress and develop at the top level.
“I will however continue to have my own individual ‘work-ons’ to help my transition from back row to hooker.”
Should Brodley make it into Scotland’s Under 20 Six Nations squad, he could face former Oxfordshire junior teammate Henry Purdy, who is in the England ranks.
The main aim this season for players like Brodley and Purdy is to appear in next summer’s IRB Junior World Championship in New Zealand.
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