Two Truro College students have been selected for England Rugby's under-18 squad.

Ben Grubb and Ethan Pearce-Cowley will join a 46-man squad of talented teenagers from across the country after making an impact on recruiters at this season’s college games.

Grubb, who formerly represented Newquay Hornets, praised the college's help in helping him achieve the call-up: "I’m pretty buzzing about it,” he said. “It’s been a lot of hard work and great feedback from the coaches. The college has helped by always being on top of our training and looking at the programme to see how we can develop.”

St Austell's Pearce-Cowley also noted the college's influence on his process: "The environment here builds your knowledge further, there really is no higher level to be at than under 18s. The coaches are great, there’s a lot to learn but they always stay on top of your progress.

I’m really happy; it’s pretty rare to happen in your time at college. There's no secret to it, you’ve just got to put the hours in."

Steve Larkins, head of the college’s rugby academy, praised the pair for their hard work and dedication.

“It’s a testament to the hard work they have both put in within the rugby programme and how dedicated they have both been in terms of strength and conditioning and in their performances on the pitch,” he said. “They are following in the footsteps of many international players who have been products of the Truro College Rugby Academy.”

The players will be looking to follow in the footsteps of fellow Cornishmen Jack Nowell and Luke Cowan-Dickie who previously attended Truro College and have since gone on to represent England at senior level.

Both students are looking to secure a place in the matchday squad for the trip to Scotland on Friday, March, 13.