Leigh Centurions Under 16s Development Team began their season with a 40-8 victory over Salford Red Devils at Ledgard Avenue.

Highlights and full match coverage of the game is available to subscribers to LCTV.

Three players from the Academy team have been selected for England college trials on 12th February.

Ethan Hill and Joe Togher, who both play for Hindley ARLFC, together with Ben Latham from Garswood Stags are the players selected.

Coach Gareth Hayes said: “The Category 3 academy is a development programme that links to the Centurions. Since the partnership has been formed, some of the players have had the opportunity to train with the Centurions first team, including Ethan and Joe mentioned above.

“This has given them an insight as to what life is life as a professional Rugby League player. The team competes in the North West 1 league. The three lads have demonstrated a high level of commitment to the team and training this year, attending every week and putting in the additional work when asked.

“They have also demonstrated their leadership skills when playing for the college on a Wednesday.”