Stooke hopes to cap a terrific year with Hartpury promotion
THE 2012-13 rugby season has been another good one for big lock forward Elliott Stooke.
After previously leading the Hartpury Under-18 side through an unbeaten season, culminating in their AASE Championship win at Twickenham, this term has seen him make his first team debut for Gloucester and also feature as a permanent selection in the England Under-20 set up.
But, for the next few weeks at east, his main focus will be on helping Hartpury as they bid to make a charge for promotion to National League One.
"To finish off the season with promotion would be ideal" said Stooke.
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"It's still possible. We've still got a great chance of going up but we need to win all our games."
Elliott combines his full-time commitment to Gloucester Rugby with his studies as a sports coaching undergraduate at Hartpury.
"Clearly I'm very focused on the rugby at the moment, having the opportunity to train and play with Gloucester, and Hartpury have been incredibly supportive in allowing me to wrap my studies around that."
"I'm working with a lot of outstanding players and coaches and that knowledge transfer is exactly what I need at this stage of my career.
"It's so important to keep developing aspects of my game, including the areas that I'm already good at."
"Playing for the England Under-20s has also been unreal this year. We've really cracked on and won the Six Nations and now we're looking forward to the Junior World Cup in France in June."
First though, Hartpury travel to Shelford, another 'must-win' game, in good heart after last week's nine try demolition of Bristol side Dings Crusaders.
Shelford will be full of confidence themselves, having lost just one home game so far this season and coming off the back of a good win at Redruth in the last round.
"It's going to be another tough game, but it will have been a great season if we go up," Stooke said.