Duo's England call adds to Hull stars in representative ranks
HULL may have missed out on a play-off spot in National Two North, but they can take solace in the number of players gaining national recognition.
Joe Martin and Jim Wigglesworth, students at Bishop Burton College, are the latest to be chosen for representative honours after being named in the England Counties under-20s squad against Scotland on May 4.
Following on from similar accolades for another four of their players, it represents a considerable feather in the cap for the Ferens Ground outfit.
Anthony Macker, Will Robinson, Morgan Robinson Eames and Greg Lound are the others making their name nationally and Robinson – who represents England Students along with Macker – believes the greater exposure can only benefit the side.
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He said: "It's brilliant for Hull that we can get so many players playing representative rugby.
"What it means for us is that hopefully it will get more people interested in coming to the club and playing for us."
The 21-year-old scrum-half was devastated at missing out on the play-offs following Saturday's 22-16 defeat against Ionians, a result that allowed their opponents to retain National Two North status.
But quick to emphasise a potential silver lining to the black cloud of staying down, he said: "Hopefully, it's just a setback for us.
"We're all devastated at missing out this year but it could make us stronger for next season.
"We're getting recognition as a club and with all the ex-pros we now have, it will stand us in good stead."