We're thrilled to announce that Ben Francis (Reading) and Jacob Draper (Cardiff & Met) have been selected to play for the GB U21's in the Sultan of Johor Cup; held in Johor Bahru, Malaysia between Oct 16-31.
The news comes on the back of a fantastic summer for both players who are integral members of the Wales men's team that secured promotion to the European top division in 2019 after a second place finish in Glasgow. The process started for them back in September where they have been attending the brand new Great Britain development programme assessment.
A very proud Francis told us "I was absolutely delighted when I found out I had been selected for the up and coming trip to Malaysia. It's such an honour to be able to pull on the GB shirt and have the opportunity to test ourselves against some of the best u21 teams in the world, with the likes of Australia and India also attending the competition".
Draper told us this has been a long term goal for him...
"I was completely shocked and overwhelmed when the selection came out. It's such an honour to represent Great Britain and wear that shirt while competing against the very best in the world. It has been a long-term goal of mine to represent Great Britain and now that I am at the under 21 level it's such an amazing feeling".
Zak Jones, Senior Men's Head Coach shared his thoughts on the lads well deserved achievement...
"I am delighted for the guys and obviously very proud of them and their achievement. All credit must go to them and the amount of time and effort they have put in both on and off the field to get to where they are currently. Despite their ages, Ben and Jacob are well established senior internationals; both are humble, talented guys that have developed their games and have made huge strides forward over the past eighteen months or so. This is well deserved recognition of all the hard work they have put in. Having been fortunate enough to have experienced the Sultan of Johor tournament in the past, I know that this will provide them both with a fantastic learning and development opportunity playing against top teams and different styles, in what is an incredibly challenging environment."