A PROMISING York RUFC forward is set for inclusion in today's Yorkshire RFU Academy fixture at Wasps.

Harry Gilson-Fox, 17, is a student at Outwood Academy Easingwold.

He has been selected to represent the white rose county's academy team off the back of his performances for the Yorkshire under-17 side.

After his call-up, Harry will take to the field as Yorkshire RFU Academy begin their Premiership Rugby Academy League campaign at Warwick School.

Gilson-Fox, who plays as a second-row forward and is considered a promising lock, said: “I am delighted to have been called up to the Yorkshire RFU Academy. The recognition is absolutely fantastic and I am excited at the prospect of testing myself against the inevitable high-quality opponents in the Premiership Rugby Academy League.”

The Premiership Rugby Academy League sees the academy sides compete against each other. Last year, Leicester Tigers won the title for the second year running, while Yorkshire RFU Academy’s first opponents Wasps finished second.

Simon Gilson-Fox, Harry’s father, said: “I am extremely proud of Harry and his progression to the Academy squad and I am really looking forward to the next few games.”

Harry was selected to play for the county’s under-17 side from the England Rugby Developing Player Programme in February this year. He has played against the likes of Durham, Cheshire and Lancashire.

Laura Eddery, principal at Outwood Academy Easingwold, said: “The entire Outwood family are proud of Harry. Not only is he an exceptional sportsman but he is also a wonderfully dedicated and polite student. The academy and wider Outwood Family will be rooting for him when he takes to the pitch for Yorkshire RFU Academy.”