As our youth program starts to reap rewards with boys that are graduating from P18 this year.
The latest Sweden U18 tour winning both games - Czech Republic October 12 and Hungarian October 14 was a great success for the Junior Vikings Swedish rugby academy as well as Spartacus. We had no less than four players in the touring squad.
Aron Qvarnström captained and played every minute of both games leading by example from the front tirelessly. The only player to play both full games.
Axel Qvarnström played as center in the first match, but took on the new roll he has started to develop as fly-half in the 2nd game where his game knowledge and recent development in the position paid of well setting up numerous attacks and scoring two try’s against Hungary.
Erik Sandelin, played prop as well as second row with grunt, dedication and brought his infectious smile and laugh. With determination, grit and focus we can see him taking a role in the senior XV forwards in 2019.
Alex Häljestig showed boundless energy and created line breaks and provided skilled off loads that led to scores and will only improve with another year in the JV program.
Spartacus are tremendously grateful towards the junior Viking Program that makes it possible for our U18 boys to develop their rugby here in Sweden in there age group. The program has given our boy’s an extra edge and depth in there rugby, in training and competing with so many fine young rugby players that Sweden is currently developing. Giving them lifelong friendship & rugby experiences both on and off pitch.
For three of above mentioned players this was their graduation from p18, meanwhile Alex Häljestig will do his “senior” year in the squad together with new and upcoming Spartacus boys.
We also have very talented female players, and one of them have subscribed to a position in Swedens Girls 7s U18 team lately. Lucy Heckeman joined the team that went to Holland in the beginning of october. And even though Sweden lost 4 out of 4 games, they had a lot of fun and learned a lot. Personally, Lucy got a lot of playing time and managed to convert two tries.